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Version: v1.8

karmadactl describe

Show details of a specific resource or group of resources in a cluster


Show details of a specific resource or group of resources in a member cluster.

Print a detailed description of the selected resources, including related resources such as events or controllers. You may select a single object by name, all objects of that type, provide a name prefix, or label selector. For example:

$ karmadactl describe TYPE NAME_PREFIX

will first check for an exact match on TYPE and NAME_PREFIX. If no such resource exists, it will output details for every resource that has a name prefixed with NAME_PREFIX.

karmadactl describe (-f FILENAME | TYPE [NAME_PREFIX | -l label] | TYPE/NAME) (-C CLUSTER)


  # Describe a pod in cluster(member1)
karmadactl describe pods/nginx -C=member1

# Describe all pods in cluster(member1)
karmadactl describe pods -C=member1

# Describe a pod identified by type and name in "pod.json" in cluster(member1)
karmadactl describe -f pod.json -C=member1

# Describe pods by label name=myLabel in cluster(member1)
karmadactl describe po -l name=myLabel -C=member1

# Describe all pods managed by the 'frontend' replication controller in cluster(member1)
# (rc-created pods get the name of the rc as a prefix in the pod name)
karmadactl describe pods frontend -C=member1


  -A, --all-namespaces           If present, list the requested object(s) across all namespaces. Namespace in current context is ignored even if specified with --namespace.
--chunk-size int Return large lists in chunks rather than all at once. Pass 0 to disable. This flag is beta and may change in the future. (default 500)
-C, --cluster string Specify a member cluster
-f, --filename strings Filename, directory, or URL to files containing the resource to describe
-h, --help help for describe
--karmada-context string The name of the kubeconfig context to use
--kubeconfig string Path to the kubeconfig file to use for CLI requests.
-k, --kustomize string Process the kustomization directory. This flag can't be used together with -f or -R.
-n, --namespace string If present, the namespace scope for this CLI request
-R, --recursive Process the directory used in -f, --filename recursively. Useful when you want to manage related manifests organized within the same directory.
-l, --selector string Selector (label query) to filter on, supports '=', '==', and '!='.(e.g. -l key1=value1,key2=value2). Matching objects must satisfy all of the specified label constraints.
--show-events If true, display events related to the described object. (default true)

Options inherited from parent commands

      --add-dir-header                   If true, adds the file directory to the header of the log messages
--alsologtostderr log to standard error as well as files (no effect when -logtostderr=true)
--log-backtrace-at traceLocation when logging hits line file:N, emit a stack trace (default :0)
--log-dir string If non-empty, write log files in this directory (no effect when -logtostderr=true)
--log-file string If non-empty, use this log file (no effect when -logtostderr=true)
--log-file-max-size uint Defines the maximum size a log file can grow to (no effect when -logtostderr=true). Unit is megabytes. If the value is 0, the maximum file size is unlimited. (default 1800)
--logtostderr log to standard error instead of files (default true)
--one-output If true, only write logs to their native severity level (vs also writing to each lower severity level; no effect when -logtostderr=true)
--skip-headers If true, avoid header prefixes in the log messages
--skip-log-headers If true, avoid headers when opening log files (no effect when -logtostderr=true)
--stderrthreshold severity logs at or above this threshold go to stderr when writing to files and stderr (no effect when -logtostderr=true or -alsologtostderr=false) (default 2)
-v, --v Level number for the log level verbosity
--vmodule moduleSpec comma-separated list of pattern=N settings for file-filtered logging


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