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curtin-ci: retry git clone and fetch a few times #85

merged 2 commits into from Oct 28, 2019


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paride commented Oct 24, 2019

This makes the job less prone to fail in case of network hiccups.

This makes the job less prone to fail in case of network hiccups.
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git fetch upstream --tags
cmd="git fetch upstream --tags"
for i in 0s 5s 1m 10m; do sleep $i; $cmd && s=0 && break || s=$?; done; (exit $s)

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blackboxsw Oct 25, 2019


Since the retry sleep counts are reused by both git commands, maybe it's worth either a function a variable

RETRY_SLEEPS=(0s 5s 1m 10m)

for i in ${RETRY_SLEEPS[@]}; do sleep $i; $cmd && break || s=$?; done;

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paride Oct 28, 2019

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Thanks Chad; actually it's the rest of the retry logic that I would like not to repeat. I made it into a function, leaving the retry intervals customizable, but after thinking on it a bit more I'm convinced that we can have some default that will cover almost every case of our interest. So I propose this function:

retry() (for i in {0..5}; do sleep $((8*i**3)) && "${@:1}" && break; done)

which has some nice properties:

  • Retries 5 times over half an hour (that is, has strong defaults)
  • It retries with a cubic backoff strategy, waiting little time after the first failures, increasing the wait time if the command's keeps failing
  • "${@:1}" expands as a bash array, which is way better than using a variable to store the command to run ($cmd in the previous implementation)
  • Preserves the retried command exit code
  • Runs in a subshell, thus not leaking the for index variable
  • It's short and reusable
  • It's shellcheck clean

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paride commented Oct 28, 2019

Pushed a new commit with the new retry() function. Once the function is defined to retry a command it's sufficient to add a retry in front of it.

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LGTM. Thanks Paride good choice.

@blackboxsw blackboxsw merged commit 7d59593 into CanonicalLtd:master Oct 28, 2019
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