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Running Subliminal on Jenkins #40

nzhuk opened this issue Jul 4, 2013 · 3 comments

Running Subliminal on Jenkins #40

nzhuk opened this issue Jul 4, 2013 · 3 comments


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@nzhuk nzhuk commented Jul 4, 2013


I'm using Subliminal with latest release versions of dev tools (Xcode 4.6.3, OS X 10.8.4). I use the following script to launch subliminal-test on CLI:


# Ensure that `subliminal-test` uses the Xcode 4.6 toolchain
export DEVELOPER_DIR=/Applications/

# Run the tests in the non-retina iPhone Simulator

# Run the tests on iOS 6.1

# Allow `subliminal-test` to work around bugs in Apple's `instruments` tool 
# while running un-attended. See the FAQ for more information.
# PASSWORD="xxxxxx"
# The password is passed on CLI when this script is run

mkdir -p "$OUTPUT_DIR"

# Returns 0 on success, 1 on failure
# Log output and screenshots will be placed in $OUTPUT_DIR
"$PROJECT_DIR/IntegrationTests/Subliminal/Supporting Files/CI/subliminal-test" \
    -project "$YOUR_PROJECT" \
    -sim_device "$DEVICE" \
    -sim_version "$VERSION" \
    -login_password "$PASSWORD" \
    -output "$OUTPUT_DIR"

It all works just fine on my local machine's CLI, but when I try to run this script from a Jenkins build phase on a remote Mac, I observe the following scenario:

  • subliminal-test runs
  • iOS Simulator is launched
  • The console outputs the following message (iOS simulator window reappears between these steps, as expected):

Preparing to install app...

Setting simulator device type...
Successfully set simulator device type.

Setting simulator version...
Successfully set simulator version.

Resetting simulator content and settings...
Successfully reset iOS Simulator.

Launching tests...

Then nothing happens for about 10 seconds, and a "Simulator session timed out" alert dialog appears on my remote Mac (I have remote desktop open so I can see what happens). The user which Jenkins is running under has admin privileges, the access for assistive devices is enabled on the remote machine and I've run "DevToolsSecurity --enable" (all tips which are recommended in SO comments on similar issues). Still, no luck.

If I open a Terminal on the remote machine and start subliminal-test myself (logged in as Jenkins user), everything works just fine. So it's only when Jenkins executes this command the simulator times out.

Any tips?

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@aegolden aegolden commented Jul 4, 2013

Is anything interesting appearing in the system log on the remote machine?

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@wearhere wearhere commented Jul 5, 2013

This thread, particularly this reply and this reply, seem like they might have the answer. I can confirm, by executing sudo su and then subliminal-test, that instruments will not launch the app if you are the root user.

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@nzhuk nzhuk commented Jul 5, 2013

Ok, moving Jenkins launchd plist file from LaunchDaemons to LaunchAgents and rebooting the build machine seemed to do the trick. Thanks!

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