How to update an application
Updating an existing application works similar to creating a new one. Each time an existing application is updated, it is extended with a new version. All versions that an application currently has are individually usable, but only one can be available to users.
When you want to update an existing application with a new manifest or APK, provide both in the same format as when the application was created. The
amc application update command accepts both a directory and an absolute file path.
From a path:
amc application update bcmap7u5nof07arqa2ag $PWD/foo
From a file:
amc application update bcmap7u5nof07arqa2ag foo.tar.bz2
AMS will start the update process internally. You can watch the status of the new version with the following command:
amc application show bcmap7u5nof07arqa2ag
The output shows detailed information about the application and all of its versions:
id: bcmap7u5nof07arqa2ag name: candy status: ready published: false config: instance-type: a2.3 boot-package: com.canonical.candy versions: 0: image: bf7u4cqkv5sg5jd5b2k0 (version 0) published: false status: active addons: - ssh boot-activity: com.canonical.candy.GameApp required-permissions: - android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE - android.permission.READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE extra-data: com.canonical.candy.obb: target: /data/app/com.canonical.candy-1/lib game-data-folder: target: /sdcard/Android/data/com.canonical.candy/ watchdog: disabled: false allowed-packages: - com.android.settings services: - port: 5559 protocols: - tcp expose: false name: adb 1: image: bf7u4cqkv5sg5jd5b2k0 (version 0) published: false status: active addons: - ssh boot-activity: com.canonical.candy.GameApp required-permissions: - android.permission.READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE - android.permission.READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE extra-data: com.canonical.candy.obb: target: /data/app/com.canonical.candy-1/lib watchdog: disabled: false allowed-packages: - com.android.settings services: - port: 5559 protocols: - tcp expose: false name: adb resources: memory: 4GB disk-size: 8GB
Each version gets a monotonically increasing number assigned (here we have version
0 and version
In addition, each version has a status which indicates the status of the bootstrap process AMS is performing for it. Once an application version is marked as
active, it is ready to be used.
Publish application versions
The most important part of an application version is the
published field. If a version is marked as published, it is accessible to users of Anbox Cloud. Generally when launching containers by using the AMS REST API, if no specific application version is given, the last published version of an application is used to create the container.
application.auto_publish is set to
true (the default), new versions are automatically published. Otherwise, you need to publish them manually.
You can mark an application version as published with the following command:
amc application publish bcmap7u5nof07arqa2ag 1
To revoke an application version, use the following command:
amc application revoke bcmap7u5nof07arqa2ag 1
If an application has only a single published version and that version is revoked, the application can’t be used by any users anymore. AMS will still list the application but will mark it as not published as it has no published versions.
Delete application versions
Each version takes up space on the LXD nodes. To free up space and remove old and unneeded versions, you can individually remove them, with the only requirement that an application must have at least a single version at all times. Removing a specific application version is possible with the following command:
amc application delete --version=1 bcmap7u5nof07arqa2ag
The command will ask for your approval before the version is removed as it might affect your users. If you want to bypass the check, you can add the
--yes flag to the command.
Disable automatic application updates
AMS automatically updates an application whenever any of its dependencies (parent image, addons, global configuration) changes. This produces a new version for the application, which is automatically published if the
application.auto_publish configuration item is enabled.
In some cases, an automatic update is not wanted. To support this, AMS allows disabling automatic application updates via the
application.auto_update configuration update.
To disable automatic updates:
amc config set application.auto_update false
To enable automatic updates:
amc config set application.auto_update true
When automatic updates are disabled, applications must be manually updated for any changed dependencies. To do this, use the following command:
amc application update <application id or name>
This will initiate the update process and create a new application version.
Change image an application is based on
The image an application is based on can be changed with the following command:
amc application set com.canonical.candy image <image name or id>
Changing the image will cause AMS to generate a new version for the application. Previous versions will continue using the image the application used before.
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