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A Docker container for proxying HTTP and WebSocket connections to multiple Firehose instances. Firehose instances are dynamically added to and removed from the nginx configuration using confd. Configuration for Firehose nginx is stored in etcd at /firehose/nginx and /firehose/upstream.

Manipulating Firehose Nodes

Firehose instances are added to etcd as a key to /firehose/upstream/<key_name> where <key_name> is some identifier (such as the Docker instance name). The value of the key is the host IP and container NAT port combination, such as

You can add a node using etcdctl:

$ etcdctl set /firehose/upstream/firehose-01

Removing a node is just deleting the key:

$ etcdctl rm /firehose/upstream/firehose-01

Sidekick Unit

Manipulating /firehose/upstream keys is usually done through a sidekick systemd unit. This unit would bind to the Firehose unit and start / stop with it. When started, it would lookup the Firehose instance NAT port and use the host IP address to populate the etcd key. When the unit stops, it would remove the key.

An example of this kind of systemd unit might look like:

Description=Firehose etcd announcer

ExecStartPre=/bin/sh -c "echo 'Sleeping for 5 seconds for firehose-%i to startup...'; sleep 5"
ExecStart=/bin/sh -c "port=$(docker inspect -f '{{range $i, $e := .HostConfig.PortBindings }}{{$p := index $e 0}}{{$p.HostPort}}{{end}}' firehose-%i); echo -n \"Adding socket $COREOS_PRIVATE_IPV4:$port/tcp to /firehose/upstream/firehose-%i\"; while netstat -lnt | grep :$port >/dev/null; do etcdctl set /firehose/upstream/firehose-%i $COREOS_PRIVATE_IPV4:$port --ttl 60 >/dev/null; sleep 45; done"
ExecStop=/bin/sh -c "echo -n \"Removing etcd key /firehose/instance/firehose-%i\"; etcdctl rm --recursive /firehose/instance/firehose-%i

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