YAML File Editing Tips

To configure an external TimescaleDB, you will edit the Turbonomic cr.yaml file. When editing yaml files, you must be careful to respect the file syntax, including indents in the file. General rules for edits include:

  • Always uses spaces, not tabs, for all indentation. If your editor of choice makes this difficult, you can use the linux expand utility when you’re done, to convert tabs to equivalent spaces.
  • Be careful to keep the same indentation for all properties in a given section.
  • Never use the same property name twice in the same section. Doing this will render the YAML file invalid, though in all likelihood you will not see any notification of a problem. Rather, all but one of the property definitions will be silently ignored. ​ In this documentation we refer to specific properties in the CR file using a “path” expression. For example, assume the path /spec/global/repository to designate a repository property in the file. You can find property in the file as follows: ​
    1. Find a line that says spec: with no indentation at all.
    2. Between that line and the next unindented line (not counting comments, which start with #), find a line that says global: and is at the next level of indentation.
    3. Between that line and the next line with the same indentation, find a line that starts with repository:. That line is where the addressed property is defined.


In this example, find the repository property specified by /spec/global/repository:

apiVersion: charts.helm.k8s.io/v1alpha1
kind: Xl
  name: xl-release
      repository:        # This is NOT the correct property
  # Global settings
    repository:          # This is the one we're after

The first repository property is not at /spec/global/repository, but at /spec/properties/global/repository. ​