A recent fix in the reflector/informer https://github.com/kubernetes/kubernetes/pull/92688 prevents components/operators from entering a hotloop and stuck.
There are already reported cases that have run into that issue and were stuck for hours or even days. For example https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1877346.
The root cause of the issue is the fact that a watch cache is initialized from the global revision (etcd) and might stay on it for an undefined period (if no changes were (add, modify) made).
That means that the watch cache across server instances may be out of sync.
That might lead to a situation in which a client gets a resource version from a server that has observed a newer rv, disconnect (due to a network error) from it, and reconnect to a server that is behind, resulting in “Too large resource version“ errors.
More details in https://github.com/kubernetes/kubernetes/issues/91073 and https://github.com/kubernetes/enhancements/tree/master/keps/sig-api-machinery/1904-efficient-watch-resumption
It looks like the issue only affects 1.18. According to https://github.com/kubernetes/kubernetes/issues/91073#issuecomment-652251669 the issue was first introduced in that version by changes done to the reflector.
The fix is already present in 1.19.
Please make sure that cluster-machine-approver is using a client-go that includes https://github.com/kubernetes/kubernetes/pull/92688 if not please use this BZ and file a PR.
In case you are using a framework to build your operator make sure it uses the right version of the client-go library.
Checking client-go for cluster-machine-approver,
$ git clone git:openshift/cluster-machine-approver.git
$ cd cluster-machine-approver/
$ git checkout -b 4.6.0-0.nightly-2020-09-23-022756 6410f9
$ grep 'k8s.io/client-go' go.mod
this is as expected version.
Since the problem described in this bug report should be
resolved in a recent advisory, it has been closed with a
resolution of ERRATA.
For information on the advisory (OpenShift Container Platform 4.6 GA Images), and where to find the updated
files, follow the link below.
If the solution does not work for you, open a new bug report.