NetworkPluginNotReady message:Network plugin returns error: cni plugin not initialized
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We have a cluster with 4 worker nodes and 1 master, and the flannel CNI installed. 1 kube-flannel-ds-xxxx pod running on every node.
They used to run fine, but 1 node suddenly entered NotReady state and does not come out of it anymore.
journalctl -u kubelet -f on the node constanly emits "cni plugin not initialized"
Jul 25 14:44:05 ubdock09 kubelet: E0725 14:44:05.916280 13076 kubelet.go:2349] "Container runtime network not ready" networkReady="NetworkReady=false reason:NetworkPluginNotReady message:Network plugin returns error: cni plugin not initialized"
Deleting the flannel pod makes a new one start up but the pluin keeps being uninitialized. What can we do or check to fix this?
Found the cause in journalctl of containerd.
Jul 25 15:10:36 ubdock09 containerd: time="2022-07-25T15:10:36.480398235+02:00" level=error msg="failed to reload cni configuration after receiving fs change event(\"/etc/cni/net.d/.10-flannel.conf.swp\": REMOVE)" error="cni config load failed: failed to load CNI config file /etc/cni/net.d/10-flannel.conf: error parsing configuration: missing 'type': invalid cni config: failed to load cni config"
The Ready machines did not have /etc/cni/net.d/10-flannel.conf so I just removed the /etc/cni/net.d directory, deleted cni0 with ip link delete cni0, and restarted containerd and the flannel pod. Now the node is ready.