Restart a TiDB Cluster in Kubernetes

If you find that the memory leak occurs in a Pod during use, you need to restart the cluster. This document describes how to perform a graceful rolling restart to all the Pods in a component of the TiDB cluster, or gracefully log off a Pod in the TiDB cluster and then restart the Pod using the graceful restart command.


It is not recommended to manually remove a Pod in the TiDB cluster without graceful restart in a production environment, because this might lead to some request failures of accessing the TiDB cluster though the StatefulSet controller pulls the Pod up again.

Performing a graceful rolling restart to all Pods in a component

After Deploying TiDB on general Kubernetes, modify the cluster configuration by running the following command:

kubectl edit tc ${name} -n ${namespace}

Add in the annotation of the spec of the TiDB component you want to gracefully rolling restart, and set its value to be the current time.

In the following example, annotations of the pd, tikv, and tidb components are set, which means that all the Pods in these three components will be gracefully rolling restarted. You can set the annotation for a specific component according to your needs.

kind: TidbCluster
  name: basic
  version: v5.3.0
  timezone: UTC
  pvReclaimPolicy: Delete
    annotations: 2020-04-20T12:00
    annotations: 2020-04-20T12:00
    annotations: 2020-04-20T12:00
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