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@cindex Configuration

The buildbot's behavior is defined by the ``config file'', which
normally lives in the @file{master.cfg} file in the buildmaster's base
directory (but this can be changed with an option to the
@code{buildbot create-master} command). This file completely specifies
which Builders are to be run, which slaves they should use, how
Changes should be tracked, and where the status information is to be
sent. The buildmaster's @file{buildbot.tac} file names the base
directory; everything else comes from the config file.

A sample config file was installed for you when you created the
buildmaster, but you will need to edit it before your buildbot will do
anything useful.

This chapter gives an overview of the format of this file and the
various sections in it. You will need to read the later chapters to
understand how to fill in each section properly.

* Config File Format::
* Predefined Config File Symbols::
* Loading the Config File::
* Testing the Config File::
* Global Configuration::
* Change Sources::
* Schedulers::
* Buildslaves::
* Builders::
* Build Factories::
* Build Steps::
* Interlocks::
* Status Targets::
* Configuration Index::
@end menu

@node Config File Format
@section Config File Format

The config file is, fundamentally, just a piece of Python code which
defines a dictionary named @code{BuildmasterConfig}, with a number of
keys that are treated specially. You don't need to know Python to do
basic configuration, though, you can just copy the syntax of the
sample file. If you @emph{are} comfortable writing Python code,
however, you can use all the power of a full programming language to
achieve more complicated configurations.

The @code{BuildmasterConfig} name is the only one which matters: all
other names defined during the execution of the file are discarded.
When parsing the config file, the Buildmaster generally compares the
old configuration with the new one and performs the minimum set of
actions necessary to bring the buildbot up to date: Builders which are
not changed are left untouched, and Builders which are modified get to
keep their old event history.

The beginning of the master.cfg file
typically starts with something like:

BuildmasterConfig = c = @{@}
@end example

Therefore a config key of @code{change_source} will usually appear in
master.cfg as @code{c['change_source']}.

See @ref{Configuration Index} for a full list of @code{BuildMasterConfig}

@heading Basic Python Syntax

Python comments start with a hash character (``#''), tuples are defined with
@code{(parenthesis, pairs)}, and lists (arrays) are defined with @code{[square,
brackets]}. Tuples and listsk are mostly interchangeable. Dictionaries (data
structures which map ``keys'' to ``values'') are defined with curly braces:
@code{@{'key1': 'value1', 'key2': 'value2'@} }. Function calls (and object
instantiation) can use named parameters, like @code{w =

The config file starts with a series of @code{import} statements, which make
various kinds of Steps and Status targets available for later use. The main
@code{BuildmasterConfig} dictionary is created, then it is populated with a
variety of keys, described section-by-section in subsequent chapters.

@node Predefined Config File Symbols
@section Predefined Config File Symbols

The following symbols are automatically available for use in the configuration

@table @code
@item basedir
the base directory for the buildmaster. This string has not been
expanded, so it may start with a tilde. It needs to be expanded before
use. The config file is located in
@code{os.path.expanduser(os.path.join(basedir, 'master.cfg'))}
@end table

@node Loading the Config File
@section Loading the Config File

The config file is only read at specific points in time. It is first
read when the buildmaster is launched. Once it is running, there are
various ways to ask it to reload the config file. If you are on the
system hosting the buildmaster, you can send a @code{SIGHUP} signal to
it: the @command{buildbot} tool has a shortcut for this:

buildbot reconfig @var{BASEDIR}
@end example

This command will show you all of the lines from @file{twistd.log}
that relate to the reconfiguration. If there are any problems during
the config-file reload, they will be displayed in these lines.

The debug tool (@code{buildbot debugclient --master HOST:PORT}) has a
``Reload .cfg'' button which will also trigger a reload. In the
future, there will be other ways to accomplish this step (probably a
password-protected button on the web page, as well as a privileged IRC

When reloading the config file, the buildmaster will endeavor to
change as little as possible about the running system. For example,
although old status targets may be shut down and new ones started up,
any status targets that were not changed since the last time the
config file was read will be left running and untouched. Likewise any
Builders which have not been changed will be left running. If a
Builder is modified (say, the build process is changed) while a Build
is currently running, that Build will keep running with the old
process until it completes. Any previously queued Builds (or Builds
which get queued after the reconfig) will use the new process.

@node Testing the Config File
@section Testing the Config File

To verify that the config file is well-formed and contains no deprecated or
invalid elements, use the ``checkconfig'' command, passing it either a master
directory or a config file.

% buildbot checkconfig master.cfg
Config file is good!
# or
% buildbot checkconfig /tmp/masterdir
Config file is good!
@end example

If the config file has deprecated features (perhaps because you've
upgraded the buildmaster and need to update the config file to match),
they will be announced by checkconfig. In this case, the config file
will work, but you should really remove the deprecated items and use
the recommended replacements instead:

% buildbot checkconfig master.cfg
/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/buildbot/ DeprecationWarning: c['sources'] is
deprecated as of 0.7.6 and will be removed by 0.8.0 . Please use c['change_source'] instead.
  warnings.warn(m, DeprecationWarning)
Config file is good!
@end example

If the config file is simply broken, that will be caught too:

% buildbot checkconfig master.cfg
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/buildbot/scripts/", line 834, in doCheckConfig
  File "/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/buildbot/scripts/", line 31, in __init__
  File "/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/buildbot/", line 480, in loadConfig
    exec f in localDict
  File "/home/warner/BuildBot/master/foolscap/master.cfg", line 90, in ?
    c[bogus] = "stuff"
NameError: name 'bogus' is not defined
@end example

@node Global Configuration
@section Global Configuration
@include cfg-global.texinfo

@node Change Sources
@section Change Sources
@include cfg-changesources.texinfo

@node Schedulers
@section Schedulers
@include cfg-schedulers.texinfo

@node Buildslaves
@section Buildslaves
@include cfg-buildslaves.texinfo

@node Builders
@section Builders
@include cfg-builders.texinfo

@node Build Factories
@section Build Factories
@include cfg-buildfactories.texinfo

@node Build Steps
@section Build Steps
@include cfg-buildsteps.texinfo

@node Interlocks
@section Interlocks
@include cfg-interlocks.texinfo

@node Status Targets
@section Status Targets
@include cfg-statustargets.texinfo

@node Configuration Index
@section Configuration Index
@printindex bc
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