Using helm for deploying chart on my Kubernetes cluster, since one day, I can't deploy a new one or upgrading one existed.

Indeed, each time I am using helm I have an error message telling me that it is not possible to install or upgrade ressources.

If I run helm install --name foo . -f values.yaml --namespace foo-namespace I have this output:

Error: release foo failed: the server could not find the requested resource

If I run helm upgrade --install foo . -f values.yaml --namespace foo-namespace or helm upgrade foo . -f values.yaml --namespace foo-namespace I have this error:

Error: UPGRADE FAILED: "foo" has no deployed releases

I don't really understand why.

This is my helm version:

Client: &version.Version{SemVer:"v2.12.3", GitCommit:"eecf22f77df5f65c823aacd2dbd30ae6c65f186e", GitTreeState:"clean"}
Server: &version.Version{SemVer:"v2.12.3", GitCommit:"eecf22f77df5f65c823aacd2dbd30ae6c65f186e", GitTreeState:"clean"}

On my kubernetes cluster I have tiller deployed with the same version, when I run kubectl describe pods tiller-deploy-84b... -n kube-system:

Name:               tiller-deploy-84b8...
Namespace:          kube-system
Priority:           0
PriorityClassName:  <none>
Node:               k8s-worker-1/
Start Time:         Tue, 26 Feb 2019 10:50:21 +0100
Labels:             app=helm
Annotations:        <none>
Status:             Running
IP:                 <IP_NUMBER>
Controlled By:      ReplicaSet/tiller-deploy-84b8...
    Container ID:   docker://0302f9957d5d83db22...
    Image:          gcr.io/kubernetes-helm/tiller:v2.12.3
    Image ID:       docker-pullable://gcr.io/kubernetes-helm/tiller@sha256:cab750b402d24d...
    Ports:          44134/TCP, 44135/TCP
    Host Ports:     0/TCP, 0/TCP
    State:          Running
      Started:      Tue, 26 Feb 2019 10:50:28 +0100
    Ready:          True
    Restart Count:  0
    Liveness:       http-get http://:44135/liveness delay=1s timeout=1s period=10s #success=1 #failure=3
    Readiness:      http-get http://:44135/readiness delay=1s timeout=1s period=10s #success=1 #failure=3
      TILLER_NAMESPACE:    kube-system
      /var/run/secrets/kubernetes.io/serviceaccount from helm-token-... (ro)
  Type              Status
  Initialized       True 
  Ready             True 
  ContainersReady   True 
  PodScheduled      True 
    Type:        Secret (a volume populated by a Secret)
    SecretName:  helm-token-...
    Optional:    false
QoS Class:       BestEffort
Node-Selectors:  <none>
Tolerations:     node.kubernetes.io/not-ready:NoExecute for 300s
                 node.kubernetes.io/unreachable:NoExecute for 300s
  Type    Reason     Age   From                   Message
  ----    ------     ----  ----                   -------
  Normal  Scheduled  26m   default-scheduler      Successfully assigned kube-system/tiller-deploy-84b86cbc59-kxjqv to worker-1
  Normal  Pulling    26m   kubelet, k8s-worker-1  pulling image "gcr.io/kubernetes-helm/tiller:v2.12.3"
  Normal  Pulled     26m   kubelet, k8s-worker-1  Successfully pulled image "gcr.io/kubernetes-helm/tiller:v2.12.3"
  Normal  Created    26m   kubelet, k8s-worker-1  Created container
  Normal  Started    26m   kubelet, k8s-worker-1  Started container


Following answer suggestion, I have run these two commands helm upgrade foo . -f values.yaml --namespace foo-namespace --force | helm upgrade --install foo . -f values.yaml --namespace foo-namespace --force and I still get an error:

Error: failed to create resource: the server could not find the requested resource
Error: UPGRADE FAILED: failed to create resource: the server could not find the requested resource

Notice that foo-namespace already exist. So the error don't come from the namespace name. Indeed, if I run helm list, I can see that the foo chart is in a FAILED status.

Is someone have faced the same issue ?


Yes this happens frequently when debugging helm releases. The problem happens when a previously failed release is preventing you from updating it.

If you run helm ls you should see a release in state FAILED. Such a release cannot be upgraded using the normal approach of having helm compare the new yaml to the old yaml to detect what objects to change as there are no deployed objects to compare in a failed release.

As this normally happens when trying to get something new running I typically helm delete —purge the failed release. That is slightly drastic though so you may want to try to do the upgrade adding —force https://github.com/helm/helm/pull/2280

  • see my update on my initial post, but following your suggestion, I still get the same error. – french_dev Mar 4 at 14:39

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