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autopkg-ci

This project contains the components of a Jenkins setup for doing automated runs of AutoPkg recipes. I've since stopped maintaining this project, mainly because users tended to report broken recipes before this system was able to catch them (given a run frequency of every 8 hours). It's here as a reference of how to dynamically generate Jenkins jobs as well as how to run AutoPkg recipes in the context of a CI system, so that recipe failures could be caught and users notified.

There are two main reasons a recipe could break, and we'd like to be able to catch these early: 1) a software vendor changes their metadata feed, website, or whatever a recipe depends on to extract versions, and 2) changes in the AutoPkg code itself. We can detect breakages from AutoPkg code changes because we run AutoPkg out of Git.

Job workflow

There exists a job for every that exists in the main AutoPkg recipes repo. These jobs are generated automatically via a "seed" job that leverages the Job DSL plugin. With a short script using this DSL, we can effectively template a job at a higher level than raw config XML and parameterize which actual recipe that will be run in addition to any other variables.

The jobs run on a randomized repeating 4-hour window, and essentially run one script, located in steps/autopkg_run.py, which does a run of a single recipe.

The run doesn't make use of shared AutoPkg preferences in order to keep isolated from one another, and instead explicitly uses temporary cache/Munki repo directories. It also tries to report the software version number of the result of the run, so that this information is a part of the build results.

Plugin requirements

This setup requires at least the following plugins:

  • JobDSL
  • EmailExt
  • EnvInject
  • Multiple SCMs
  • Git
  • Build Description Setter

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