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Bitten Build Slave Configuration

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When a build slave registers with a build master, it sends information about the machine the slave is running on, and what software it has available. The build master uses this information for matching the slave against target platform rules. While some of this information can be automatically discovered by the slave, other information may need to be configured explicitly. Also, a slave instance may want to override some of the automatically computed attributes, for example to enable cross-compilation.

There are three categories of information that can be configured for a slave:

Properties of the operating system
Properties of the underlying hardware
Various pieces of software, such as a language runtime, a library, etc.

Configuration File Format

For simple manual editing, the slave configuration file will be based on the “INI” file format known from Windows, which is also frequently used by Python applications and supported by Pythons´ ConfigParser module.

A configuration file is partitioned into named sections. There are two predefined sections named [machine] and [os]. If you supply them in your configuration file they should include the following sections.

name = Darwin
version = 8.1.0
family = posix

name = levi
processor = Power Macintosh

There may be any number of additional sections, where each section corresponds to a software package. For example:

version = 2.1.8

version = 2.3.5
path = /usr/bin/python2.3

The build slave sends this package information as part of the build initiation, which then might look like this:

POST http://example.com/builds HTTP/1.1
Host: example.com
Content-Type: application/x-bitten+xml
Content-Length: 123

<register name="levi" maintainer="Christopher Lenz &lt;cmlenz@gmx.de&gt;">
  <platform>Power Macintosh</platform>
  <os family="posix" version="8.1.0">Darwin</os>
  <package name="dbxml" version="2.1.8" />
  <package name="python" version="2.3.5" path="/usr/bin/python23" />


Since 0.6dev r619, authentication information can also be included in configuration file:

username = myusername
password = mypassword

The authentication information will be removed as soon as it is read.

Using Properties in Build Configurations

These properties can then be used in a build configuration to match slaves against target platforms. For example, the following rule would match any slave providing Berkeley DB XML version 2.x:

  dbxml.version ~= /^2\.\d\.\d.*/

The properties are accessible in dotted notation, where the part before the dot is the package name, and the part after the dot is the name of the property.

Property Interpolation in Build Recipes

Property values can be interpolated into build recipes as well, so individual slaves can parameterize how their build is perfomed. For example, given the following build recipe excerpt:

<svn:checkout url="http://svn.example.org/repos/myproject/"
    path="${repository.branch}" revision="${revision}"/>

Slaves may control which part of the repository is checked out and tested with a configuration file excerpt like this one:


See Build Recipes for more information.

Last modified 8 years ago Last modified on Jul 30, 2009 12:12:58 PM