Common Issues

Conflicting Programs

Certain programs such as dnsmasq, dockerd and lxd interfere with Gravity operation and need be uninstalled.

IPv4 Forwarding

IPv4 forwarding on servers is required for internal Kubernetes load balancing and must be turned on.

sysctl -w net.ipv4.ip_forward=1
echo net.ipv4.ip_forward=1 >> /etc/sysconf.d/10-ipv4-forwarding-on.conf

Network Bridge Driver

Network bridge driver should be loaded, which could be ensured with modprobe br_netfilter or modprobe bridge command depending on the distribution. Distributions based on kernels prior to 3.18 might have this compiled into the kernel. In CentOS 7.2, the module is called bridge instead of br_netfilter.

Additionally, it should be configured to pass IPv4 traffic to iptables chains:

sysctl -w net.bridge.bridge-nf-call-iptables=1
echo net.bridge.bridge-nf-call-iptables=1 >> /etc/sysconf.d/10-bridge-nf-call-iptables.conf

For more information see the relevant System Requirements section.

Overlay Driver

If the application uses overlay or overlay2 Docker storage driver, the overlay kernel module should be loaded. See the relevant System Requirements section for details.

D_TYPE Support in Filesystem

If the application uses overlay or overlay2 Docker storage driver, the backing filesystem needs to support d_type for overlay to work properly. For example, XFS does not support d_type if it has been formatted with the -n ftype=0 option.


Starting with v1.13.0, Docker deprecates support for file systems without d_type support for overlay/overlay2 storage drivers.

Running on file systems without d_type support causes Docker to skip the attempt to use the overlay or overlay2 driver. Existing installs will continue to run, but produce an error. This is to allow users to migrate their data. In a future version, this will be a fatal error, which will prevent Docker from starting.

System Time Sync

Kubernetes master nodes are sensitive to system time differences between nodes they're running on. It is recommended to have the system time synchronized against an NTP time source via tools like ntpd.


If firewalld is enabled in the system, Kubernetes services may not be able to communicate under default configuration.

firewall-cmd --zone=trusted --add-source= --permanent # pod subnet
firewall-cmd --zone=trusted --add-source= --permanent # service subnet
firewall-cmd --zone=trusted --add-interface=eth0 --permanent       # enable eth0 in trusted zone so nodes can communicate
firewall-cmd --zone=trusted --add-masquerade --permanent           # masquerading so packets can be routed back
firewall-cmd --reload
systemctl restart firewalld

Note that pod and service subnet addresses may be customized at install time.`

Azure Hyper-V Clock Sync

Azure is adjusting VM clock from host, which may result in time drift between nodes. Currently a recommended workaround is installing NTP client such as chrony, and disabling Hyper-V time sync:

function get_vmbus_attr {
  local dev_path=$1
  local attr=$2

  cat $dev_path/$attr | head -n1

function get_timesync_bus_name {
  local timesync_bus_id='{9527e630-d0ae-497b-adce-e80ab0175caf}'
  local vmbus_sys_path='/sys/bus/vmbus/devices'

  for device in $vmbus_sys_path/*; do
    local id=$(get_vmbus_attr $device "id")
    local class_id=$(get_vmbus_attr $device "class_id")
    if [ "$class_id" == "$timesync_bus_id" ]; then
      echo vmbus_$id; exit 0

if [ ! -z "$timesync_bus_name" ]; then
  # disable Hyper-V host time sync
  echo $timesync_bus_name > /sys/bus/vmbus/drivers/hv_util/unbind

Kubernetes Pods Stuck in Terminating State

Some linux distributions have included the kernel setting fs.may_detach_mounts with a default value of 0. This can cause conflicts with the docker daemon, where docker is then unable to unmount mount points within the container. Kubernetes will show pods as stuck in the terminating state if docker is unable to clean up one of the underlying containers.

If the installed kernel exposes the option fs.may_detach_mounts we recommend always setting this value to 1, or you may experience issues terminating pods in your cluster.

sysctl -w fs.may_detach_mounts=1
echo "fs.may_detach_mounts = 1" >> /etc/sysctl.d/10-may_detach_mounts.conf

Cluster Status

Gravity provides the gravity status command to view Cluster Status. This tool can help identify issues with the Cluster.

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