Paths Overivew

Using manifest files in conjunction with command line argument can be a bit confusing.

A few rules to clear up this ambiguity:

  • Absolute paths are always resolved as absolute paths
  • Relative paths referenced in the helmfile manifest itself are relative to that manifest
  • Relative paths referenced on the command line are relative to the current working directory the user is in

Examples

There are several examples that we can go through in the /examples folder which demonstrate this.

Local Execution

This is an example of a Helmfile manifest referencing a local value directly.

Indirect:

helmfile -f examples/deployments/local/charts.yaml sync

Direct:

cd examples/deployments/local/
helmfile sync

Relative Paths in Helmfile

This is an example of a Helmfile manifest using relative paths for values.

Indirect:

helmfile -f examples/deployments/dev/charts.yaml sync

Direct:

cd examples/deployments/dev/
helmfile sync

Relative Paths in Helmfile w/ –values overrides

This is an example of a Helmfile manifest using relative paths for values including an additional --values from the command line.

NOTE: The --values is resolved relative to the CWD of the terminal not the Helmfile manifest. You can see this with the replicas being adjusted to 3 now for the deployment.

Indirect:

helmfile -f examples/deployments/dev/charts.yaml sync --values values/replica-values.yaml

Direct:

cd examples/deployments/dev/
helmfile sync --values ../../values/replica-values.yaml