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Cache AWS CLI install in CI #7472

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commented Mar 31, 2019


We freshly install the AWS CLI program on nearly every CI shard, even though the program does not change between runs. This adds about 30 seconds to most shards.


Modify the script to first check if the program is installed, and only install if it is not. Also add the install folder to Travis's cache.

Note that Travis does not cache symlinks, only the actual files. So, we must re-symlink the bin every time we run the script.


Overall CI time reduced by ~13.5 minutes. Each individual shard is now an average of ~19.4 seconds faster.

See for a per-shard analysis of the old time and the new time with this cache.

@Eric-Arellano Eric-Arellano changed the title Cache AWS command line tools in CI WIP: Cache AWS command line tools in CI Mar 31, 2019

Eric-Arellano added some commits Mar 31, 2019

Check if the bin exists, rather than the root folder
Travis will auto-create the root folder, even when it cannot be found in the cache. So, we instead must check that the bin within that folder exists.
Can't use the folder /usr/local/aws for cache with Linux
Travis runs into a permissions issue when doing so:

Further, the only reason we were doing this is the tutorial used this install dir.

Instead, use a custom install dir. Our symlink makes it so that it doesn't really matter where we install it.
Empty commit to test if caching works
We know macOS does, now lets see if Linux does.

@Eric-Arellano Eric-Arellano changed the title WIP: Cache AWS command line tools in CI Cache AWS command line tools in CI Apr 1, 2019

Fix test for unset AWS_CLI_ROOT
It would complain about an unbound variable.

@Eric-Arellano Eric-Arellano changed the title Cache AWS command line tools in CI Cache AWS CLI install in CI Apr 1, 2019


stuhood approved these changes Apr 1, 2019

@Eric-Arellano Eric-Arellano merged commit dd1e64e into pantsbuild:master Apr 2, 2019

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@Eric-Arellano Eric-Arellano deleted the Eric-Arellano:cache-aws branch Apr 2, 2019

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