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Hyperledger Jenkins Sandbox Process:

Hyperledger Jenkins Sandbox provides you Jenkins Job testing/experimentation environment that can be used before pushing job templates to the production Jenkins. It is configured similar to the Hyperledger ci-management production instance; however, it cannot publish artifacts or vote in Gerrit. Be aware that this is a test environment, and as such there a limited allotment of minions to test on before pushing code to the Hyperledger repos. Keep the following points in mind prior to beginning work on Hyperledger Jenkins Sandbox environment:

  • Jobs are automatically deleted every weekend
  • Committers can login and configure Jenkins jobs in the sandbox directly
  • Sandbox jobs CANNOT upload build images to docker hub
  • Sandbox jobs CANNOT vote on Gerrit
  • Jenkins nodes are configured using Hyperledger openstack VMs and you can not access these VMs directly.

Before you proceed further, ensure you have a Linux Foundation ID (LFID), which is required to access Gerrit & Jenkins. The documentation on requesting a Linux Foundation account is available here lf-account. Also, to get an access to Sandbox environment please send email to (LF helpdesk team)

To download ci-management, execute the following command to clone the ci-managment repository.

git clone ssh://<LFID> && scp -p -P 29418 <LFID> ci-management/.git/hooks/

Once you successfully clone the repository, next step is to install JJB (Jenkins Job Builder) in order to experiment with Jenkins jobs.

Execute the following commands to install JJB on your machine:

cd ci-management
sudo apt-get install python-virtualenv
virtualenv hyp
source hyp/bin/activate
pip install 'jenkins-job-builder'
jenkins-jobs --version
jenkins-jobs test --recursive jjb/

Note: Using the pip install 'jenkins-job-builder' may require you to update dependency packages as a result of attempting to install the latest version of the jenkins-job-builder pip package (i.e, the pbr). To update any previously installed packages that the jenkins-job-builder package requires you can execute the upgrade command as follows:

$ pip install pbr --upgrade

Make a copy of the example JJB config file (in the builder/ directory)

Backup the jenkins.ini.example to jenkins.ini

cp jenkins.ini.example jenkins.ini

After copying the jenkins.ini.example, modify jenkins.ini with your Jenkins LFID username, API token and Hyperledger jenkins sandbox URL


user=rameshthoomu <Provide your Jenkins Sandbox username>
password= <Refer below steps to get API token>
This is deprecated, use job_builder section instead

How to retrieve API token?

Login to the Jenkins Sandbox, go to your user page by clicking on your username. Click Configure and then click Show API Token.

To work on existing jobs or create new jobs, navigate to the /jjb directory where you will find all job templates for the project. Follow the below commands to test, update or delete jobs in your sandbox environment.

To Test a Job:

After you modify or create jobs in the above environment, it's good practice to test the job in sandbox environment before you submit this job to production CI environment.

jenkins-jobs --conf jenkins.ini test jjb/ <job-name>

Example: jenkins-jobs --conf jenkins.ini test jjb/ fabric-verify-x86_64

If the job you’d like to test is a template with variables in its name, it must be manually expanded before use. For example, the commonly used template fabric-verify-{arch} might expand to fabric-verify-x86-64.

A successful test will output the XML description of the Jenkins job described by the specified JJB job name.

Execute the following command to pipe-out to a directory:

jenkins-jobs --conf jenkins.ini test jjb/ <job-name> -o <directoryname>

The output directory will contain files with the XML configurations.

To Update a job:

Ensure you’ve configured your jenkins.ini and verified it by outputting valid XML descriptions of Jenkins jobs. Upon successful verification, execute the following command to update the job to the Jenkins sandbox.

jenkins-jobs --conf jenkins.ini update jjb/ <job-name>

Example: jenkins-jobs --conf jenkins.ini update jjb/ fabric-verify-x86_64

Trigger jobs from Jenkins Sandbox:

Once you push the Jenkins job configuration to the Hyperledger Sandbox environment, run the job from Jenkins Sandbox webUI. Follow the below process to trigger the build:

Step 1: Login into the Jenkins Sandbox WebUI

Step 2: Click on the job which you want to trigger, then click Build with Parameters, and finally click Build.

Step 3: Verify the Build Executor Status bar and make sure that the build is triggered on the available executor. In Sandbox you may not see all platforms build executors and you don't find many like in production CI environment.

Once the job is triggered, click on the build number to view the job details and the console output.

To Delete a Job:

Execute the following command to Delete a job from Sandbox:

jenkins-jobs --conf jenkins.ini delete jjb/ <job-name>

Example: jenkins-jobs --conf jenkins.ini delete jjb/ fabric-verify-x86_64

The above command would delete the fabric-verify-x86-64 job.

Modify an Existing Job:

In the Hyperledger Jenkins sandbox, you can directly edit or modify the job configuration by selecting the job name and clicking on the Configure button. Then, click the Apply and Save buttons to save the job. However, it is recommended to simply modify the job in your terminal and then follow the previously described steps in To Test a Job and To Update a Job to perform your modifications.

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