Problem connecting to service from pod

I have a simple python container that tries to connect to my operator-provisioned couchbase cluster (Enterprise Edition 5.5.0 build 2958 ‧ IPv4) via the service name. It fails to connect with the following:

kubectl run cbtest -it --image=ssdowd/cbtest:latest --restart=Never  --rm=true --command /app/ -- -n 1 -c couchbase://couchbase-550-e.default.svc.cluster.local -b mybucket -u myuser -p mypassword
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Namespace(bucket='mybucket', connection='couchbase://couchbase-550-e.default.svc.cluster.local', count=1, password='mypassword', user='myuser')
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/app/", line 56, in <module>
    bucket = cluster.open_bucket(args.bucket)
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/couchbase/", line 144, in open_bucket
    rv = self.bucket_class(str(connstr), **kwargs)
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/couchbase/", line 273, in __init__
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/couchbase/", line 282, in _do_ctor_connect
couchbase.exceptions.LCB_0x2D (generated, catch: CouchbaseNetworkError, CouchbaseTransientError): <RC=0x2D[The remote host closed the connection], There was a problem while trying to send/receive your request over the network. This may be a result of a bad network or a misconfigured client or server, C Source=(src/bucket.c,1066)>
pod "cbtest" deleted
pod default/cbtest terminated (Error)

If I try to connect using the internal IP of one of the 3 CB nodes, it works correctly.

Connection code is:

from couchbase.cluster import Cluster
from couchbase.cluster import PasswordAuthenticator
from couchbase.bucket import Bucket
cluster = Cluster(args.connection)

if args.password:
    authenticator = PasswordAuthenticator(args.user, args.password)
    bucket = cluster.open_bucket(args.bucket)

One more data point: if I use http: instead of couchbase: in the connection string it works.

Probably a solution.

It’s a bug, a simple fix and will be available in the 1.0.0 GA released shortly. Thanks for your feedback!