Re: [HIP] helm lock
I like this idea. We've had similar proposals presented for resource update locks like https://github.com/helm/helm/pull/5290, though there were several design flaws preventing that from working in a practical sense. Still, it could be worth reading up on its use cases to see if other cases align with your proposal.
In your proposal, it might be worth answering questions such as:
Hope this helps.
Caffeinated Software Engineer
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Subject: [cncf-helm] [HIP] helm lock
I would like to propose a process to "lock" a helm release to a specific version so it is safe from `helm upgrade` and other situations that may cause unintended breaking changes.
There are a variety of ways to prevent breaking users with helm charts. Here are a couple I've investigated but both have limits.
These methods should still be used if the maintainer wants to make sure user upgrades are safe, but it would also be good for consumers of the chart to not accidentally upgrade charts. There may be cases where a repo has stable and unstable versions. In that case it would be best if the user can "lock" their version to a stable release.
I envision a helm lock could work similar to yum versionlock or apt mark. A user can install a specific version of the chart and then run `helm lock nginx-ingress-vX.X.X` and any additional helm upgrades will ignore versions beyond that version. It may also be desired to allow a user to `helm install $CHART --lock` which will automatically lock to the currently available version or they can specify `--version $VERSION` to request a version.
Ideally this lock would be stored in the release's secret metadata and helm will use it if it is available. Without the metadata `helm upgrade` works the same way as it always has.
Users can also `unlock` their releases and locks could appear in helm list or other places metadata about a release is surfaced.
Please let me know what you think so I can write up a HIP if this feature would benefit the community. If there is prior discussion about this I would also be interested in reading it.