Can I stop my kubeconfig file from expiring every 7 days?

We have an application that makes pod deployments to the Kubernetes cluster, but it started failing a week later saying “Unauthorized”. I noticed it’s because the config file on DigitalOcean is being reset. How can I work around this? We register the cluster to this application using the config file, but we can’t be changing it every week.

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you could make a cronjob once a week downloading the new kubeconfig file trough doctl

with a command like this:

 doctl kubernetes cluster kubeconfig show INSERT_CLUSTER_ID > ~/.kube/YOURKUBECONFIGNAME.yaml

Same question, looks like a showstopper for us - can’t use DO Kubernetes until this is resolved


The certificate authority, client certificate, and client key data in the kubeconfig.yaml file are rotated weekly. If you run into errors like the server doesn’t have a resource type “<resource>”, Unauthorized, or Unknown resource type: nodes, try downloading a new cluster configuration file. The certificates will be valid for one week from the time of the download.

I talked to support about this, and it seems that they classified this as an actual Issue their engineers are working on. Also this apperantely is probably one of many blockers for Kubernetes Services getting out of LTD.

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