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A Brief Aside: What’s the rest of this stuff?

If you’ve taken a peek at the rest of the files in the api/v1/ directory, you might have noticed two additional files beyond cronjob_types.go: groupversion_info.go and zz_generated.deepcopy.go.

Neither of these files ever needs to be edited (the former stays the same and the latter is autogenerated), but it’s useful to know what’s in them.


groupversion_info.go contains common metadata about the group-version:

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First, we have some package-level markers that denote that there are Kubernetes objects in this package, and that this package represents the group The object generator makes use of the former, while the latter is used by the CRD generator to generate the right metadata for the CRDs it creates from this package.

// Package v1 contains API Schema definitions for the batch v1 API group
// +kubebuilder:object:generate=true
package v1

import (

Then, we have the commonly useful variables that help us set up our Scheme. Since we need to use all the types in this package in our controller, it’s helpful (and the convention) to have a convenient method to add all the types to some other Scheme. SchemeBuilder makes this easy for us.

var (
	// GroupVersion is group version used to register these objects
	GroupVersion = schema.GroupVersion{Group: "", Version: "v1"}

	// SchemeBuilder is used to add go types to the GroupVersionKind scheme
	SchemeBuilder = &scheme.Builder{GroupVersion: GroupVersion}

	// AddToScheme adds the types in this group-version to the given scheme.
	AddToScheme = SchemeBuilder.AddToScheme


zz_generated.deepcopy.go contains the autogenerated implementation of the aforementioned runtime.Object interface, which marks all of our root types as representing Kinds.

The core of the runtime.Object interface is a deep-copy method, DeepCopyObject.

The object generator in controller-tools also generates two other handy methods for each root type and all its sub-types: DeepCopy and DeepCopyInto.