Secret token not generating


I am new to K8s and this forum. Started to install K8s in my pc lab. I am able to open the k8s dashboard where it is asking for token and kubeconfig file, but my command is not generating any token. Below are the commands I am using:

$ kubectl create serviceaccount dashboard -n default
$ kubectl create clusterrolebinding dashboard-admin -n default --clusterrole=cluster-admin --serviceaccount=default:dashboard

Above 2 are working fine. Below one is not generating any output :
$ kubectl get secret $(kubectl get serviceaccount dashboard -o jsonpath="{.secret[0].name}") -o jsonpath="{.data.token}" | base64 --decode

What I am missing? Tried to google a lot but didn’t help. And I don’t know how to get CNI and CRI number? Please share commands for it, in case it is mandatory.

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Cluster information:

Kubernetes version:v1.21.3
Cloud being used: (put bare-metal if not on a public cloud) : Virtual box
Installation method: From ISO
Host OS: Ubuntu 20.04.2 LTS
CNI and version: Calico
CRI and version:

You can format your yaml by highlighting it and pressing Ctrl-Shift-C, it will make your output easier to read.

Break down that command see what was happening.


kubectl get serviceaccount dashboard -o jsonpath="{.secret[0].name}"
kubectl get secret OUTPUT_FROM_LAST_COMMAND -o jsonpath="{.data.token}"

Your problem is a typo in your jsonpath.

Thanks protosam for your response. I tried to run the commands but there is no output of first command itself

$ kubectl get serviceaccount dashboard -o jsonpath="{.secret[0].name}"

I also tried to run above command with sudo and I got error

sudo kubectl get serviceaccount dashboard -o jsonpath="{.secret[0].name}"
[sudo] password for xxxxx:
The connection to the server localhost:8080 was refused - did you specify the right host or port?

Whereas if I check the status of all PODs namespace, those are in running state

kubectl get pods --all-namespaces
kube-system calico-kube-controllers-76bf499b46-b7cdz 1/1 Running 3 13h
kube-system calico-node-55cj4 1/1 Running 37 13h
kube-system coredns-558bd4d5db-fhfcr 1/1 Running 3 13h
kube-system coredns-558bd4d5db-x48nr 1/1 Running 3 13h
kube-system etcd-master 1/1 Running 3 13h
kube-system kube-apiserver-master 1/1 Running 4 13h
kube-system kube-controller-manager-master 1/1 Running 9 13h
kube-system kube-proxy-cmjn4 1/1 Running 3 13h
kube-system kube-scheduler-master 1/1 Running 9 13h
kubernetes-dashboard dashboard-metrics-scraper-856586f554-jwhw6 1/1 Running 3 13h
kubernetes-dashboard kubernetes-dashboard-67484c44f6-wp9hm 1/1 Running 5 13h

I still think it’s a typo in the jsonpath you’re using. You didn’t change it (I also didn’t correct it in my examples, just pointed out that the problem is a typo).

kubectl get serviceaccount dashboard -o yaml

Your pods have nothing to do with your secrets in this case. You created a service account and the API creates a token for that service account.

I get that command from the tutorial, I was referring. Could you please point out what is wrong. Same command but with yaml format output is given below.

$ kubectl get serviceaccount dashboard -o yaml

apiVersion: v1
kind: ServiceAccount
creationTimestamp: “2021-08-01T16:59:54Z”
name: dashboard
namespace: default
resourceVersion: “7530”
uid: da5a7d2a-927f-4943-a746-47125b6fc424

  • name: dashboard-token-wqc7n

I think it might help if you went through the tutorial in the official documentation. Knowing what the kubectl commands are actually doing is going to help you out a lot in the long run. The dashboard isn’t as useful as kubectl itself.

As for the answer to your problem, take a look at the output from the command I gave you. You see there is a key called secrets.

In the command you’re running, -o jsonpath="..." is used to reference keys from objects in Kubernetes. The problem is that there’s a typo there. Compare that with the object you just got back from the last command I gave you carefully.

Thanks @protosam for sharing the link. In fact, that was my next question to share any good link to understand K8s. I will go through it to clear basics.

Is there any video which can explain better on youtube or udemy? or K8s offical documentation is enough.

I personally like the (rip Linux academy) videos. Though I don’t know how well they hold up for everyone. I had 8+ years of programming, web hosting, and Linux experience before ever watching that content; so my view point when watching them had a lot of holes already filled in.

Like one really big knowledge component is the Linux bit. I learned Linux long ago, just poorly how to run lamp stacks, and then I got leagues better by reading the PDF from this site: