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A CLI tool to skip a CI build that is not concerned by the latest changes.

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This tool is mostly used for mono git repos which are hosting multiple apps.

Let's say you have the following content in your git repository :

└── apps/
    ├── api/
    └── front/

Your apps/api dir contains your backend API and your apps/front dir contains your frontend application.

You've written tests for both apps, but when you make changes on one of them, you may not want to run the test suites for all apps (only tests covering your changes are useful to run).

This tool can determine whether the CI job should be skipped or not, by looking if the specified paths contains changes :

$ ssc --path apps/front --cmd=<stop_command>

this command will stop the CI build (by running the stop command) when there are no changes on the specified path (apps/front). When there are changes on the paths, the tool does nothing (and so the CI build continues).

See the expectations to know why this tool has been created, as long as this article.

CI setup


Download the tool and make it executable :

$ sudo curl -sSL -o /usr/local/bin/ssc<version>/ssc-x86_64

$ sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/ssc


    ssc [OPTIONS] --cmd <cmd>

    -h, --help       Prints help information
    -V, --version    Prints version information

    --base-branch <base-branch>    The branch to use as a base to know from where the commit range starts (i.e. to
                                   find the merge base). [default: master]
    --cmd <cmd>                    The command to use to skip the build.
    --path <paths>...              The path to inspect. Defaults to cwd. This arg can be specified multiple times to
                                   inspect multiple paths.
    --remote <remote>              The name of the tracked repository. [default: origin]


See our CI config examples to see how to integrate this tool on your project.


This tool can be used in the following scenarii :

  • on a pull request. You created a branch from your base branch (identified as origin/master as default, but this identification is configurable via CLI args, see the usage chapter). Your branch has n commits, so the tool is using git to identify the range of commits in your PR (i.e. the first and last commits). Then, the tool scans for changes on specified paths for this range of commits.
  • on a merge commit. When you run this tool on your base branch (defaults to ogirin/master), the tool only scans the latest commit. This latest commit should be a merge commit in order to identify all the changes that were brought in this merge.

This tool can not be used for the following scenario :

  • on a merge without a merge commit. As the tool scans for the latest commit when you're on the base branch, this latest commit should be a merge commit. If you merge a branch without creating a merge commit, the latest commit on the base branch won't contain all the changes of your branch.


Open a shell into the rust container :

$ make shell

and then use cargo to launch the tool :

$ cargo run -- <ssc_options>

Also, see our contributing guide.

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