Jenkins Integration


Currently we use both Travis and Jenkins for CI.Travis builds the pushed commits and Pull Requests at GitHub, Jenkins builds master packages and submits them to YaST:Head OBS project (and optionally creates SR to Factory).

The idea is to use only Jenkins for both, the main reasons for switch are

  • Travis runs on Ubuntu 12.04 which is very old (it's very difficult to find or backport recent GCC, Ruby, tools (automake), libraries (boost, Qt5), ... It is possible to 14.04 but that would not help much...

  • Travis needs the packages in dpkg format, that means extra packaging work (vast majority of YaST developers are not familiar with Debian packaging).

  • Some tests needs extra tweaks to pass in Ubuntu (different system defaults) or have to be disabled (missing or old packages).

  • Passing build in Travis (based on Ubuntu) does not guarantee that it will pass in Jenkins or OBS which is based on (open)SUSE. Also the RPM packages cannot be built that means there still might be RPM packaging errors.

There are also some minor issues, but with switch to Jenkins can we solve them:

  • Jenkins starts the build very quickly (a free worker is available most of the time) and if needed we can add more workers very easily and increase the build power.

  • You cannot easily debug the build problems at Travis and for local debugging you would need an Ubuntu 12.04 VM and even this might not help (the Travis changes against the vanilla Ubuntu installation are not documented).

The Basic Idea

Instead of running specific Travis scripts we should simply build a package using osc. Building a package by osc in a chroot ensures we use the same tooling (GCC, Ruby, etc...) as in the target OBS project.

But for CI we need to run some more tests which are not executed during normal package build (they would not make sense or they would require a lot of dependencies or would slow down the package builds significantly).

These tests include running RuboCop, reporting test code coverage (using Coveralls), spell checking and more.

Rake CI Task

These extra tests should be shared in a single package so we do not have to update every YaST module when we want to add or fix something.

The checks are located in the rake-ci Ruby gem. The checks in task are triggered by automatically by file presence, see the README for more details.

Running the Checks

  • You can run the checks locally to ensure your commit will not fail at Jenkins later. Simply run rake check:ci.

  • If you want to run the checks locally during RPM build then use the --with yast_run_ci_tests RPM build option. When using the standard YaST Rake tasks then use rake 'osc:build[--with yast_run_ci_tests]' command.

How to Use Jenkins in YaST Modules

Spec File Modification

To support the extra checks in Jenkins simply add this block to the spec file:

# Unfortunately we cannot move this to macros.yast,
# bcond within macros are ignored by osc/OBS.
%bcond_with yast_run_ci_tests
%if %{with yast_run_ci_tests}
BuildRequires: rubygem(yast-rake-ci)

The rest should be handled automatically by the RPM macros and the rake-ci gem.

Adding a New Jenkins Job

The easiest way is to base the new job on any existing yast-*-github-push job. Just update the repository URL and the repository name in the job configuration.

Note: see this internal wiki page for the Jenkins credentials.

Restarting a Build

If a Jenkins build fails for some temporary reason (e.g. OBS down, network issues, ...) you can restart it by clicking "Retry" button the details of the failed build. You need to be logged in, the credentials are stored in the internal wiki page.

SLE12-SP1 Support

We cannot use the same solution for SLE12-SP1 as for master because that would require updating the RPM macros in the devtools package and releasing them as a maintenance update. That would be too much intrusive.

The solution is to use a simpler approach - do not run the extra checks via rake check:ci but only build the package as usually via rake osc:build.

The idea is that SLE12-SP1 is in maintenance mode and we do not expect much work there. And a fix which is really important it will be included in master as well and it will be checked there more thoroughly.

Implementation Details

YaST RPM Macros

The main part is shared in the YaST RPM macros.

The macros detect the build tool use (either autotools or rake) and run the appropriate command to run the tests.

Rake Tasks

The core part of the rake check:ci part sets the dependent tests.

The required tool are installed by gem dependencies which are transferred to RPM dependencies. The additional package dependencies are defined via gem2rpm.yml file.

The check:ci task is optionally loaded by the base yast-rake task, if it is missing the load error is ignored.


The Travis replacement is possible thanks to the GitHub and GitHub pull request builder plug-ins. Both are installed at, but not configured completely (yet).

There is are yast-*-github-push Jenkins jobs which build pushed commits in all branches. (In contrast to the other yast-*-master jobs which build only the master branch.) That allows to run the tests in other branches before merging to master.

OBS Setup

By default the packages from the YaST:HEAD OBS repository are used. (As configured in the Rakefile in Git repositories.)

For building SLE12-SP1 code YaST:SLE-12:SP1 project is used.

These repositories contain the extra packages needed for the specific Jenkins checks. Because we use a different project for SLE12-SP1 we can also use different tools for building (e.g. newer RuboCop for master, but older for SLE12-SP1).

Automatic Package Submission

When a commit is checked in to one of the YaST Git repositories on GitHub (usually via a pull request on GitHub), in most cases a package is automatically submitted to the openSUSE Build Service (OBS).

For more details, see automatic package submission.

Missing Parts

  • Coveralls integration (it's quite tricky to send the coverage report from a running osc build....)
  • Build pull requests as well