@kie/build-chain-action

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Github Action Build Chain

Github action build chain is a tool for github actions to build multiple projects from different repositories in a single action. This tool is trying to solve the problem when a project depends on another project (most probably from the same organization) and one change can/should be performed in different repositories. How can we assure one specific pull request will work with the latest changes from/in the dependant/dependency projects and it won't break something? This is what we call cross-repo pull requests and build-chain is the way we have to solve it.

Let's consider you have a project hierarchy like:

Project hierarchy

and you want to upstream/downstream build whatever project from this hierarchy, Github Action Build Chain provides you the mechanism to easily do it. You can check Usage example.

Just defining the build chain flow in every project you want to trigger, the tool will get build information from dependency-file input and will execute every command from every project in a single github action.

Table of content

Allowed configuration files versions

  • 2.1
  • 2.2

Build Chain Flows

Cross Pull request flow

  • It checks out the current project and reads the workflow information from the YAML file triggering the job.

    • It merges the TARGET_GROUP:PROJECT:TARGET_BRANCH into the SOURCE_GROUP:PROJECT:SOURCE_BRANCH from the pull request triggering the job.

      Warning: It will fail in case it can't be done automatically, properly informing to please resolve conflicts.

  • It recursively checks out the rest of the dependant projects defined in definition-file.

    • For each parent dependency:
      • It will look for forked project belonging same github group as the one triggering the job.
      • It will try to checkout SOURCE_GROUP:PROJECT:SOURCE_BRANCH. In case the it exists and it has a pull request over the TARGET_GROUP:PROJECT:TARGET_BRANCH it will check it out and will merge it with target branch.
      • If previous checkout fails, it will try the same with TARGET_GROUP:PROJECT:SOURCE_BRANCH this time.
      • If previous checkout fails, it will checkout TARGET_GROUP:PROJECT:TARGET_BRANCH.

        Warning: It will fail in case it can't be done automatically, properly informing to please resolve conflicts.

  • Once all the projects are checked out, it will run as many commands are defined in before, after or root level properties from build section for every parent dependency starting from the highest level of the hierarchy to the lowest one.

  • It will archive artifacts in case archive-artifacts-path input is defined.

Full Downstream flow

  • It checks out the current project and reads the workflow information from the YAML file triggering the job.

    • It merges the TARGET_GROUP:PROJECT:TARGET_BRANCH into the SOURCE_GROUP:PROJECT:SOURCE_BRANCH from the pull request triggering the job.

      Warning: It will fail in case it can't be done automatically, properly informing to please resolve conflicts.

  • It gets the full downstream project chain (the parents projects plus its children and their dependencies. At the end the whole chain) based on configuration file.

  • It recursively checks out the rest of the dependant projects defined in definition-file.

    • For each parent dependency:
      • It will look for forked project belonging same github group as the one triggering the job.
      • It will try to checkout SOURCE_GROUP:PROJECT:SOURCE_BRANCH. In case the it exists and it has a pull request over the TARGET_GROUP:PROJECT:TARGET_BRANCH it will check it out and will merge it with target branch.
      • If previous checkout fails, it will try the same with TARGET_GROUP:PROJECT:SOURCE_BRANCH this time.
      • If previous checkout fails, it will checkout TARGET_GROUP:PROJECT:TARGET_BRANCH.

        Warning: It will fail in case it can't be done automatically, properly informing to please resolve conflicts.

  • Once all the projects are checked out, it will run as many commands are defined in before, after or root level properties from build section for every parent dependency starting from the highest level of the hierarchy to the lowest one.

  • It will archive artifacts in case archive-artifacts-path input is defined.

Single Pull Request flow

  • It checks out the current project and reads the workflow information from the YAML file triggering the job.

    • It merges the TARGET_GROUP:PROJECT:TARGET_BRANCH into the SOURCE_GROUP:PROJECT:SOURCE_BRANCH from the pull request triggering the job.

      Warning: It will fail in case it can't be done automatically, properly informing to please resolve conflicts.

  • Once the project from the event is checked out, it will run as many commands are defined in before, after or root level properties from build section.

  • It will archive artifacts in case archive-artifacts-path input is defined.

Branch flow

  • It checks out the whole tree from the starting-project project input and reads the workflow information from the YAML file triggering the job.

  • Once the projects from the branch are checked out, it will run as many commands are defined in before, after or root level properties from build section.

  • The flow will archive (in case the archiving is not skipped) a spreadsheet with the execution summary.

How to add it to your project(s)

It is just to add the step (replacing dependencies and commands):

- name: Build Chain ${{ matrix.java-version }}
  id: build-chain
  uses: ginxo/github-action-build-chain@BXMSPROD-1025
  with:
    definition-file: https://raw.githubusercontent.com/${GROUP}/droolsjbpm-build-bootstrap/${BRANCH}/.ci/pull-request-config.yaml
  env:
    GITHUB_TOKEN: "${{ secrets.GITHUB_TOKEN }}"

to your existing yaml flow definition or to create a new one. Do the same for the rest of the projects you need.

Note: The @actions/checkout step is not needed since is the tool the one which is going to handle what to checkout for every project in the chain.

Input Fields

See action.yml

  • definition-file (mandatory): path to the file in filesystem | URL to the file. See more details

    Example:

    definition-file: './folder/whatever_definition_file.yaml'
    definition-file: 'http://yourdomain.com/definition-file.yaml'
    definition-file: 'https://raw.githubusercontent.com/kiegroup/droolsjbpm-build-bootstrap/main/.ci/pull-request-config.yaml'
    definition-file: 'https://raw.githubusercontent.com/kiegroup/droolsjbpm-build-bootstrap/${BRANCH}/.ci/pull-request-config.yaml'
    definition-file: 'https://raw.githubusercontent.com/${GROUP}/droolsjbpm-build-bootstrap/${BRANCH}/.ci/pull-request-config.yaml'
    definition-file: 'https://raw.githubusercontent.com/${GROUP}/${PROJECT_NAME}/${BRANCH}/.ci/pull-request-config.yaml'
    

Note: In case you use URL way, remember you should point the file content itself, so in case you want to use https://github.com/kiegroup/droolsjbpm-build-bootstrap/blob/a1efb55f17fd0fd9001b073c999e3fd2a80600a6/.ci/pull-request-config.yaml, definition-file value should be https://raw.githubusercontent.com/kiegroup/droolsjbpm-build-bootstrap/a1efb55f17fd0fd9001b073c999e3fd2a80600a6/.ci/pull-request-config.yaml (Raw one for this case) or (using dynamic placeholders) https://raw.githubusercontent.com/${GROUP}/${PROJECT_NAME}/${BRANCH}/.ci/pull-request-config.yaml.

  • flow-type (optional. 'cross_pr' by default): The flow you want to execute. Possible values

    • cross_pr: executes the cross pull request flow
    • full_downstream: executes the full downstream flow
    • branch: executes the branch flow
    • single_pr: executes the single pull request flow
  • starting-project (optional. the project triggering the job by default): The project you want start building from. The project to construct the tree from. It's not the same as the project triggering the job which is taken from GITHUB_REPOSITORY env variable or the github pull request event payload. For instance

    starting-project: 'groupX/projectX' // it will get project dependencies tree from 'groupX/projectX'
    starting-project: 'kiegroup/drools' // it will get project dependencies tree from 'kiegroup/drools'
    

    Note: You have to be sure the project tree to start building from, contains the project triggering the job.

  • logger-level (optional. 'info' by default): The log level. Possible values

    • info
    • trace
    • debug
    logger-level: 'info'
    logger-level: 'debug'
    
  • annotations-prefix (optional. '' by default): The prefix to be shown on the Github Actions' Annotations title.

    annotations-prefix: "${{ matrix.java-version }}/${{ matrix.maven-version }}"
    annotations-prefix: "My Job Prefix"
    annotations-prefix: "Gradle Version ${{ matrix.gradle-version }}"
    annotations-prefix: "OS ${{ matrix.os }}"
    
  • enable-parallel-execution (optional. false by default): By enabling parallel execution, build-chain will try to detect projects that can be executed parallely without any conflicts i.e. no 2 projects where 1 depends on another will be executed parallely.

  • additional-flags (optional. '' by default): The chance to define additional flags for the execution, as it is done on the CLI side. Just semicolon (;) separated, like '--skipParallelCheckout;--skipExecution;-t (mvn .*)||$1 -s settings.xml'.

    additional-flags: "--fullProjectDependencyTree"
    additional-flags: "--fullProjectDependencyTree;--skipParallelCheckout"
    additional-flags: "--skipParallelCheckout; --fullProjectDependencyTree"
    additional-flags: "--skipParallelCheckout; -t (mvn .*)||$1 -s settings.xml"
    

    Note: It has a limitation, the flag values can't contain semicolons (;), otherwise it will be treated as a new flag.

Pre/Post sections

It is possible to define pre and post sections in the definition-file. The idea is to have the chance to execute something before (pre) or after (post) project checkout and build command execution.

PRE

pre: string | multiline string

It will be executed even before checking out projects.

Examples

pre: export VARIABLE_NAME=value
pre: |
  export VARIABLE_NAME=value
  echo $VARIABLE_NAME

POST

post:
  success: string | multiline string
  failure: string | multiline string
  always: string | multiline string

It will be executed after executing all commands for every project and after archiving artifacts. The options are:

  • success: it will be executed in case there's no error during build execution.
  • failure: it will be executed in case there's any error during build execution.
  • always: it will be always executed.

Examples

post:
  success: echo 'final message in case of no errors'
  failure: echo 'final message in case of any error'
  always: echo 'final message always printed'
post:
  success: |
    echo 'final message in case of no errors 1'
    echo 'final message in case of no errors 2'
  failure: |
    echo 'final message in case of any error'
    echo 'final message in case of any error 2'
  always: |
    echo 'final message always printed'
    echo 'final message always printed 2'

Archiving Artifacts

The archive artifacts algorithm is basically copied from actions/upload-artifact project and (manually) transpiled to javascript. The usage is basically the same (the inputs are different named adding archive-artifacts prefix and the Conditional Artifact Upload is not enabled), so why do we include this archive artifacts mechanism in this tool if it's already implemented by another tool? well, because this treats the archive artifacts mechanism for the whole build chain, so in case you define an archive-artifacts-path in a different project from the chain, all of them will be uploaded. If you are wondering if you are able to use actions/upload-artifact instead of the one we propose, the answer is 'yes', just take into consideration the artifacts will be archived based on the definition from the project triggering the job.

The archive-artifacts-path input brings you the chance to specify if the path will be uploaded in case of build success (default), in case of failure or always for every single path. For example specifying something like path/to/artifact/world.txt@failure will archive path/to/artifact/world.txt in case of execution failure. You can check Upload for different execution results.

Upload an Individual File

archive-artifacts:
  path: **/dashbuilder-runtime.war

Upload an Entire Directory

archive-artifacts:
  path: path/to/artifact-folder/

Upload using a Wildcard Pattern

archive-artifacts:
  path: path/**/[abc]rtifac?/*

Upload using Multiple Paths and Exclusions

archive-artifacts:
  path: |
    path/output/bin/
    path/output/test-results
    !path/**/*.tmp

Upload for different execution results

This is something additional to @actions/glob

archive-artifacts:
  path: |
    path/output/bin/
    path2/output2/bin2/@success
    path/output/test-results@failure
    !path/**/*.tmp@always
  • will upload path/output/bin/ just in case of success
  • will upload path2/output2/bin2/ just in case of success
  • will upload path/output/test-results just in case of failure
  • will upload !path/**/*.tmp in every case

Path Wildcards

For supported wildcards along with behavior and documentation, see @actions/glob which is used internally to search for files.

If a wildcard pattern is used, the path hierarchy will be preserved after the first wildcard pattern.

    path/to/*/directory/foo?.txt =>
        ∟ path/to/some/directory/foo1.txt
        ∟ path/to/some/directory/foo2.txt
        ∟ path/to/other/directory/foo1.txt

    would be flattened and uploaded as =>
        ∟ some/directory/foo1.txt
        ∟ some/directory/foo2.txt
        ∟ other/directory/foo1.txt

If multiple paths are provided as input, the least common ancestor of all the search paths will be used as the root directory of the artifact. Exclude paths do not effect the directory structure.

Relative and absolute file paths are both allowed. Relative paths are rooted against the current working directory. Paths that begin with a wildcard character should be quoted to avoid being interpreted as YAML aliases.

The @actions/artifact package is used internally to handle most of the logic around uploading an artifact. There is extra documentation around upload limitations and behavior in the toolkit repository that is worth checking out.

Customization if no files are found

If a path (or paths), result in no files being found for the artifact, the action will succeed but print out a warning. In certain scenarios it may be desirable to fail the action or suppress the warning. The if-no-files-found option allows you to customize the behavior of the action if no files are found.

archive-artifacts:
  path: path/to/artifact/
  if-no-files-found: error # 'warn' or 'ignore' are also available, defaults to `warn`

Conditional Artifact Upload

not supported (yet)

Uploading without artifact name

You can upload an artifact with or without specifying a name

archive-artifacts:
  name: my-artifacts
  path: **/dashbuilder-runtime.war

If not provided, artifact will be used as the default name which will manifest itself in the UI after upload.

Uploading to the same artifact

Each artifact behaves as a file share. Uploading to the same artifact multiple times in the same workflow can overwrite and append already uploaded files

# Project A
archive-artifacts:
  path: world.txt
# Project B
archive-artifacts:
  path: extra-file.txt
# Project C
archive-artifacts:
  path: world.txt

With the following example, the available artifact (named artifact which is the default if no name is provided) would contain both world.txt and extra-file.txt.

Environment Variables and Tilde Expansion

You can use ~ in the path input as a substitute for $HOME. Basic tilde expansion is supported.

archive-artifacts:
  path: "~/new/**/*"

archive-artifacts dependencies usage

The dependencies field allows us to define a set of projects for which we want to upload the artifacts.

  • none only artifacts from the starting project will be uploaded
  • all artifacts from all projects will be uploaded
  • list of projects artifacts from only a given list of projects will be uploaded
archive-artifacts:
  path: "~/new/**/*"
  dependencies: "none"
archive-artifacts:
  path: "~/new/**/*"
  dependencies: "all"
archive-artifacts:
  path: "~/new/**/*"
  dependencies: |
    projectX
    projectY

Where does the upload go?

In the top right corner of a workflow run, once the run is over, if you used this action, there will be a Artifacts dropdown which you can download items from. Here's a screenshot of what it looks like

There is a trashcan icon that can be used to delete the artifact. This icon will only appear for users who have write permissions to the repository.

How to clone project in more than one folder

It is possible to clone project in more than one folder specifying clone field. For example:

  - project: kiegroup/appformer
    clone:
      - appformer-integration-test
      - folderx/appformer-unit-test

will clone the kiegroup/appformer in the ROOT_FOLDER/PROJECT_FOLDER and additionally will clone the project folder to ROOT_FOLDER/PROJECT_FOLDER/appformer-integration-test and ROOT_FOLDER/PROJECT_FOLDER/folderx/appformer-unit-test

Another example would be:

  - project: group/projectx
    clone: another-folder

will clone the group/projectx in the ROOT_FOLDER/PROJECT_FOLDER and additionally will clone the project folder to ROOT_FOLDER/PROJECT_FOLDER/another-folder

Execution environment

The environment execution definition is part of the workflow (the .yml file) and it depends on the commands you require to execute. If you require to execute maven commands you will have to add the actions/setup-java@v1 with its java version, or in case you need python commands actions/setup-python is the one. You can find different examples in https://github.com/YOURGROUP/YOURPROJECT/actions/new.

It could be the case where you require a very specific environment to execute your stuff as it is the case for python3-cekit. Feel free to propose the environment you need as a pull request to this project:

Current environments:

  • python3-cekit: python3 + python cekit library + docker + nodejs + yarn latest stable release Dockerfile

Usage example

Considering the projects hierarchy:

Project hierarchy

You can check how to define build definition files from Build Chain Configuration Reader documentation

Mapping

Let's suppose

- project: E
  dependencies:
    - project: D
  mapping:
    dependencies:
      default:
        - source: 7.x
          target: main
      C:
        - source: main
          target: 7.x
        - source: 7.x
          target: 7.x
      D:
        - source: main
          target: 7.x
        - source: 7.x
          target: 7.x
    dependant:
      default:
        - source: main
          target: 7.x
    exclude:
      - A
      - B

mapping.dependencies

It is used to define branch mapping between E and its dependencies in case E is projectTriggeringTheJob.

In case the E:7.x branch build or PR is triggered for this 7.x target branch:

  • A: no mapping at all, so 7.x (straight mapping) (since it is excluded)
  • B: no mapping at all, so 7.x (straight mapping) (since it is excluded)
  • C:7.x (due to mapping.dependencies.C source 7.x mapping)
  • D:7.x (due to mapping.dependencies.D source 7.x mapping)
  • The rest (F,G,H,...): main (since mapping.dependencies.default mapping defined for source: 7.x)

In case the E:main branch build or PR is triggered for this main target branch:

  • A: no mapping at all, so main (straight mapping) (since it is excluded)
  • B: no mapping at all, so main (straight mapping) (since it is excluded)
  • C:7.x (due to mapping.dependencies.C source main mapping)
  • D:7.x (due to mapping.dependencies.C source main mapping)
  • The rest (F,G,H,...): main (since there's no mapping defined for default main branch)

In case the E:anyotherbranch branch build or PR is triggered for this anyotherbranch target branch (being anyotherbranch whatever the branch name, except 7.x or main):

  • No mapping at all, just straight mapping to anyotherbranch.

mapping.dependant

It is used to define branch mapping between the rest of the projects and project A in case E is NOT projectTriggeringTheJob.

In case the A:7.x or any other (except main) branch build or PR is triggered -> E:7.x will be taken (since there's not mapping.dependant for 7.x source) In case the A:main branch build or PR is triggered -> E:7.x (due to mapping.dependant.default mapping)

Docker build

You can build the github-action-build-chain image locally with just executing docker command:

docker build .

In case you want to build it for a different openjdk version you just specify a --build-arg OPENJDK_VERSION argument:

docker build --build-arg OPENJDK_VERSION=11 .

Local execution

It's possible to use this tool locally, just follow this steps

$ npm install -g @kie/build-chain-action
$ build-chain help
Usage: build-chain [options] [command]

A CLI tool to perform the build chain github actions

Options:
  -h, --help      display help for command

Commands:
  build           Execute different flows
  tools           A bunch of utility tools
  help [command]  display help for command

either sudo and env GITHUB_TOKEN=... are optional depending on your local setup.

Keep in mind: Whenever the tool is executed from a github check run, the Printing local execution command section is printed with the exact command you could copy/paste in order to reproduce it locally.

build command

The build command is used to execute the different flows locally

$ build-chain build help
Usage: build-chain build [options] [command]

Execute different flows

Options:
  -h, --help                 display help for command

Commands:
  cross_pr [options]         Execute cross pull request build chain workflow
  full_downstream [options]  Execute full downstream build chain workflow
  single_pr [options]        Execute single pull request build chain workflow
  branch [options]           Execute branch build chain workflow
  help [command]             display help for command

build command: cross_pr

Execute pull-request flow

$ build-chain build cross_pr --help
Usage: build-chain build cross_pr [options]

Execute cross pull request build chain workflow

Options:
  -u, --url <event_url>                  pull request event url
  -p, --startProject <project>           The project to start the build from
  -f, --defintionFile <path_or_url>      The definition file, either a path to the filesystem or a URL to it
  -o, --outputFolder <path>              The folder path to store projects. Default is of the format 'build_chain_yyyymmddHHMMss' (default:
                                         "build_chain_202211229567")
  --token <token...>                     The GITHUB_TOKEN. It can be set as an environment variable instead. You can specify multiple tokens
  -d, --debug                            Set debugging mode to true (default: false)
  --skipExecution                        A flag to skip execution and artifacts archiving for all projects. Overrides skipProjectExecution (default:
                                         false)
  --skipProjectExecution <projects...>   A flag to skip execution and artifacts archiving for certain projects only
  --skipParallelCheckout                 Checkout the project sequentially (default: false)
  --enableParallelExecution              Parallely execute projects (default: false)
  -t, --customCommandTreatment <exp...>  Each exp must be of the form <RegEx||ReplacementEx>. Regex defines the regular expression for what you want
                                         to replace with the ReplacementEx
  --skipProjectCheckout <projects...>    A list of projects to skip checkout.
  --skipCheckout                         skip checkout for all projects. Overrides skipProjectCheckout (default: false)
  -fae, --fail-at-end                    Only fail the build afterwards; allow all non-impacted builds to continue (default: false)
  -h, --help                             display help for command

Example:

$ build-chain build cross_pr -f https://raw.githubusercontent.com/kiegroup/droolsjbpm-build-bootstrap/main/.ci/pull-request-config.yaml -u https://github.com/kiegroup/kie-wb-distributions/pull/1068

build command: full_downstream

Execute full downstream (fdb) flow

$ build-chain build full_downstream --help
Usage: build-chain build full_downstream [options]

Execute full downstream build chain workflow

Options:
  -u, --url <event_url>                  pull request event url
  -p, --startProject <project>           The project to start the build from
  -f, --defintionFile <path_or_url>      The definition file, either a path to the filesystem or a URL to it
  -o, --outputFolder <path>              The folder path to store projects. Default is of the format 'build_chain_yyyymmddHHMMss' (default:
                                         "build_chain_2022112295741")
  --token <token...>                     The GITHUB_TOKEN. It can be set as an environment variable instead. You can specify multiple tokens
  -d, --debug                            Set debugging mode to true (default: false)
  --skipExecution                        A flag to skip execution and artifacts archiving for all projects. Overrides skipProjectExecution (default:
                                         false)
  --skipProjectExecution <projects...>   A flag to skip execution and artifacts archiving for certain projects only
  --skipParallelCheckout                 Checkout the project sequentially (default: false)
  --enableParallelExecution              Parallely execute projects (default: false)
  -t, --customCommandTreatment <exp...>  Each exp must be of the form <RegEx||ReplacementEx>. Regex defines the regular expression for what you want
                                         to replace with the ReplacementEx
  --skipProjectCheckout <projects...>    A list of projects to skip checkout.
  --skipCheckout                         skip checkout for all projects. Overrides skipProjectCheckout (default: false)
  -fae, --fail-at-end                    Only fail the build afterwards; allow all non-impacted builds to continue (default: false)
  -h, --help                             display help for command

Example:

$ build-chain build full_downstream -f https://raw.githubusercontent.com/kiegroup/droolsjbpm-build-bootstrap/main/.ci/pull-request-config.yaml -u https://github.com/kiegroup/kie-wb-distributions/pull/1068

build command: single_pr

Execute single pr flow

$ build-chain build single_pr --help
Usage: build-chain build single_pr [options]

Execute single pull request build chain workflow

Options:
  -u, --url <event_url>                  pull request event url
  -p, --startProject <project>           The project to start the build from
  -f, --defintionFile <path_or_url>      The definition file, either a path to the filesystem or a URL to it
  -o, --outputFolder <path>              The folder path to store projects. Default is of the format 'build_chain_yyyymmddHHMMss' (default:
                                         "build_chain_2022112295912")
  --token <token...>                     The GITHUB_TOKEN. It can be set as an environment variable instead. You can specify multiple tokens
  -d, --debug                            Set debugging mode to true (default: false)
  --skipExecution                        A flag to skip execution and artifacts archiving for all projects. Overrides skipProjectExecution (default:
                                         false)
  --skipProjectExecution <projects...>   A flag to skip execution and artifacts archiving for certain projects only
  --skipParallelCheckout                 Checkout the project sequentially (default: false)
  --enableParallelExecution              Parallely execute projects (default: false)
  -t, --customCommandTreatment <exp...>  Each exp must be of the form <RegEx||ReplacementEx>. Regex defines the regular expression for what you want
                                         to replace with the ReplacementEx
  --skipProjectCheckout <projects...>    A list of projects to skip checkout.
  --skipCheckout                         skip checkout for all projects. Overrides skipProjectCheckout (default: false)
  -fae, --fail-at-end                    Only fail the build afterwards; allow all non-impacted builds to continue (default: false)
  -h, --help                             display help for command

Example:

$ build-chain build single_pr -f https://raw.githubusercontent.com/kiegroup/droolsjbpm-build-bootstrap/main/.ci/pull-request-config.yaml -u https://github.com/kiegroup/kie-wb-distributions/pull/1068

build command: branch

Execute branch flow

$ build-chain build branch --help
Usage: build-chain build branch [options]

Execute branch build chain workflow

Options:
  -p, --startProject <project>           The project to start the build from
  -b, --branch <branch>                  The branch to get the project from
  --fullProjectDependencyTree            Checks out and execute the whole tree instead of the upstream build (default: false)
  -c, --command <commands...>            The command(s) to execute for every project. This will override definition file configuration (just
                                         dependency tree will be taken into account)
  -g, --group <group>                    The group to execute flow. It will take it from project argument in case it's not specified
  -f, --defintionFile <path_or_url>      The definition file, either a path to the filesystem or a URL to it
  -o, --outputFolder <path>              The folder path to store projects. Default is of the format 'build_chain_yyyymmddHHMMss' (default:
                                         "build_chain_202211221013")
  --token <token...>                     The GITHUB_TOKEN. It can be set as an environment variable instead. You can specify multiple tokens
  -d, --debug                            Set debugging mode to true (default: false)
  --skipExecution                        A flag to skip execution and artifacts archiving for all projects. Overrides skipProjectExecution (default:
                                         false)
  --skipProjectExecution <projects...>   A flag to skip execution and artifacts archiving for certain projects only
  --skipParallelCheckout                 Checkout the project sequentially (default: false)
  --enableParallelExecution              Parallely execute projects (default: false)
  -t, --customCommandTreatment <exp...>  Each exp must be of the form <RegEx||ReplacementEx>. Regex defines the regular expression for what you want
                                         to replace with the ReplacementEx
  --skipProjectCheckout <projects...>    A list of projects to skip checkout.
  --skipCheckout                         skip checkout for all projects. Overrides skipProjectCheckout (default: false)
  -fae, --fail-at-end                    Only fail the build afterwards; allow all non-impacted builds to continue (default: false)
  -h, --help                             display help for command

Example:

$ build-chain build branch -f https://raw.githubusercontent.com/kiegroup/droolsjbpm-build-bootstrap/main/.ci/pull-request-config.yaml -p=kiegroup/lienzo-tests -b=main

build command: resume

The resume command lets you continue your build from the last point of failure. When running any other build-chain build commands, it will produce a state file in the current working directory which will store all the data related to its execution. If you run build-chain build resume in the same working directory, then build-chain will pick up that state file, reconstruct build-chain build's previous state and continue execution from the first point of failure. Note that the tokens are not stored in the state file, so you have to pass them again to the resume command using the --token option or setting them as env variables.

$ build-chain build resume --help
Usage: build-chain build resume [options]

Resume execution from first point of failure in the previous execution

Options:
  -w, --workspace <workspace>   The workspace in which build chain was executed and the one to resume execution in (default: cwd)
  -t, --token <token>           The GITHUB_TOKEN. It can be set as an environment variable instead
  -d, --debug                   Set debugging mode to true (default: false)
  -p, --startProject <project>  Start from the given project instead of the first point of failure (default: false)
  -c, --recheckout <projects...>  List of projects to re-checkout and re-build (default: false)
  -h, --help                    display help for command

Custom Command Replacement

It is possible to define custom expression to replace commands. The expression structure is RegEx||ReplacementEx where:

So basically at left side of || you define the regular expression where you want to apply string replacement from right side. For example, considering command mvn clean install in case we apply (^mvn .*)||$1 -s ~/.m2/settings.xml the final command will be mvn clean install -s ~/.m2/settings.xml

tool command

There are some utility tools as well

$ build-chain tools help
Usage: build-chain tools [options] [command]

A bunch of utility tools

Options:
  -h, --help              display help for command

Commands:
  project-list [options]  Prints the projects that will be built given a starting project ordered by precedence
  plan                    Execute build chain without actually cloning or executing projects (like a dry run)
  resume [options]        Resume execution from first point of failure
  help [command]          display help for command

tool command: plan

The plan command lets you execute build-chain without actually cloning or executing projects, like a dry run. This lets you verify whether build-chain will clone the correct projects, will checkout the correct branch, will merge the correct PRs and will execute the correct commands for each project. To use this command you simply have to pass the arguments that come after build-chain build command to build-chain tools plan command. For example:

If you want to see the dry run for the following build command:

$ build-chain build cross_pr -f definition_file -u event_url

then, you have to run the following plan command:

$ build-chain tools plan cross_pr -f definition_file -u event_url

About Commands to Execute

Just consider the library used behind the scenes in order to execute commands is @actions/exec, this library has a limitation at https://github.com/actions/toolkit/blob/b5f31bb5a25d129441c294fc81ba7f92f3e978ba/packages/exec/src/exec.ts#L27 where it tries to decide the "tool" to be executed, so in case you need to execute bash or windows commands like conditionals you should use it like this

Bash

bash -c "my command" bash -c "if true; then echo 'it's TRUE'; else echo 'it's FALSE'; fi"

Windows

cmd /c "my command"

Note: thanks to https://github.com/actions/toolkit/issues/461#issuecomment-743750804

v2 to v3

List of breaking changes from v2 to v3:

  • v2 flow types are deprecated but still supported. Since they are deprecated they might be removed in future releases. Acceptable v3 flowtypes which are consistent across CLI and github action are:
    • cross_pr (know as pr or pull-request in v2)
    • full_downstream (know as fd or fdb in v2)
    • single_pr (know as single in v2)
    • branch
  • v3 now accepts definition file version 2.2
  • CLI options that have changed:
    • v2: -df to v3: -f
    • v2: -url to v3: -u or --url
    • v2: -folder to v3: -o
    • v2: -cct to v3: -t
    • v2: -spc to v3: --skipProjectCheckout
    • v2: -sp to v3: -p
  • Project naming convention while checking out a project is now - OWNER_PROJECT-NAME. For example if we have owner/some-name the project will be checked out as owner_some-name. In v2 this would have been checked out as owner_some_name

Using multiple git platforms

You can now define multiple git platforms to clone your projects from. Currently only GitHub, GitLab and Gerrit are supported. Refer to build-chain-configuration-reader on how to define multiple platforms. The advanatge of having this is that you can build projects that are hosted on one platform along with projects that are hosted on another platform.

build-chain runs with a default platform configured. This default platform is used for projects which don't have a platform defined and for reading and loading configuration from the definition file.

By default, when you run build-chain as a github action the default platform configuration used is GitHub.

When using build-chain as a CLI tool, build-chain will try to detect the default platform based on the definition file url. If it is not able to detect it from the url, it will use GitHub as the default configuration. If you want to override all of this, you will have the option to define default configuration as CLI options (currently only GitHub and GitLab have default options):

-ghi, --defaultGithubId <id>                default github id
-ghti, --defaultGithubTokenId <token id>    default github token id used to get token from env
-gha, --defaultGithubApiUrl <api url>       default github api url to use
-ghs, --defaultGithubServeUrl <server url>  default github server url to use
-gli, --defaultGitlabId <id>                default gitlab id
-glti, --defaultGitlabTokenId <token id>    default gitlab token id used to get token from env
-gla, --defaultGitlabApiUrl <api url>       default gitlab api url to use
-gls, --defaultGitlabServeUrl <server url>  default gitlab server url to use

Multiple git platforms example

version: 2.3

dependencies:
  - project: middleware/build-configurations
    platform: rh-gitlab
    mapping:
      dependencies:
        default:
          - source: master
            target: main
      dependant:
        default:
          - source: main
            target: master
  - project: business-automation/eng-jenkins-scripts
    platform: rh-gerrit
    dependencies:
      - project: middleware/build-configurations
      - project: kiegroup/drools
  
  - project: kiegroup/drools
    platform: github-public

default:
  build-command:
    current: echo "default current"

build:
  - project: business-automation/eng-jenkins-scripts
    build-command:
      current: echo "business-automation/eng-jenkins-scripts"

platforms:
  - id: rh-gitlab
    type: gitlab
    tokenId: RH_GITLAB_TOKEN
    serverUrl: https://gitlab.xxxx.com
    apiUrl: https://gitlab.xxxx.com/api/v4

  - id: rh-gerrit
    type: gerrit
    tokenId: RH_GERRIT_TOKEN
    serverUrl: https://gerrit.xxxx.com
    apiUrl: https://gerrit.xxxx.com/r/a

Note: it is possible to specify as many github/gitlab/gerrit platforms as it is required Note: use github-public, gitlab-public and/or gerrit-public identifiers for https://github.com, https://gitlab.com and/or https://gerrit.googlesource.com respectively, no need to define them. Note: use GITHUB_TOKEN, GITLAB_TOKEN and/or GERRIT_TOKEN token for default github/gitlab/gerrit services.

Found a regression?

We have a built a dynamic agonistic end to end regression testing suite to avoid breaking major features that were working in previous versions. Its dynamic since all the test cases are determined by a json file that anyone can update without knowing the details about the implementation. It is agnostic since it just cares about the final executable that is produced and is not implementation specific.

If you found a regression please add it to the test.json file is the below format:

{
  name: string; // name of the test case. typically you can name it corresponding to the issue
  cmd: string; // the build-chain cli command used to reproduce the issue
  description?: string; // further description of the issue
  env?: Record<string, string>; // any env setup needed
  shouldFail?: boolean; // whether the expected result after execution of build-chain is success or failure. by default it expects success
  matchOutput?: string[] // any particular strings to match in the output
  dontMatchOutput?: string[] // any particular strings we want to make sure aren't there in the output
}
{
  name: string; // name of the test case. typically you can name it corresponding to the issue
  event: string | PullRequestPayload; // it can either be a link to a PR or a JSON object similar to a pull request event payload
  description?: string; // further description of the issue
  env?: Record<string, string>; // any env setup needed
  shouldFail?: boolean; // whether the expected result after execution of build-chain is success or failure. by default it expects success
  matchOutput?: string[] // any particular strings to match in the output
  dontMatchOutput?: string[] // any particular strings we want to make sure aren't there in the output
  
  // it accepts all the inputs that are needed to run build-chain as a github action
  "definition-file": string;
  "flow-type": string;
  "starting-project?": string;
  "skip-execution"?: string;
  "skip-project-execution"?: string;
  "skip-checkout"?: string;
  "skip-project-checkout"?: string;
  "skip-parallel-checkout"?: string;
  "custom-command-treatment"?: string;
  "additional-flags"?: string;
  "logger-level"?: string;
  "annotations-prefix"?: string;
}

Limitations

Zipped Artifact Downloads

During a workflow run, files are uploaded and downloaded individually using the upload-artifact and download-artifact actions. However, when a workflow run finishes and an artifact is downloaded from either the UI or through the download api, a zip is dynamically created with all the file contents that were uploaded. There is currently no way to download artifacts after a workflow run finishes in a format other than a zip or to download artifact contents individually. One of the consequences of this limitation is that if a zip is uploaded during a workflow run and then downloaded from the UI, there will be a double zip created.

Permission Loss

❗ File permissions are not maintained during artifact upload ❗ For example, if you make a file executable using chmod and then upload that file, post-download the file is no longer guaranteed to be set as an executable.

Case Insensitive Uploads

❗ File uploads are case insensitive ❗ If you upload A.txt and a.txt with the same root path, only a single file will be saved and available during download.

Github limitations

Using secrets on a forked project Github Action

According to documentation, see Workflows in forked repositories

Note: With the exception of GITHUB_TOKEN, secrets are not passed to the runner when a workflow is triggered from a forked repository. The GITHUB_TOKEN has read-only permissions in forked repositories.

Nothing but GITHUB_TOKEN secret can be used from a forked project Github Action workflow. So cases like this will store nothing on ${{ env.GITHUB_TOKEN_GOOD_BAD }}, ${{ env.CIFS_ZID_USER }} or ${{ env.CIFS_ZID_KEY }} but it will properly store GITHUB_TOKEN on ${{ env.GITHUB_TOKEN_GOOD}}

      - name: "Run build-chain"
        id: build-chain
        uses: kiegroup/github-action-build-chain@main
        with:
          definition-file: whatever-the-file-url/path
        env:
          GITHUB_TOKEN_GOOD_BAD: "${{ secrets.MY_GH_TOKEN }}"
          GITHUB_TOKEN_GOOD: "${{ secrets.GITHUB_TOKEN }}"
          CIFS_ZID_USER: "${{ secrets.CIFS_ZID_USER }}"
          CIFS_ZID_KEY: "${{ secrets.CIFS_ZID_KEY }}"

Note: Just remember this is not a problem from the tool itself but a limitation from Github Actions in order to avoid exposing sensitive information.

inputs usage in runs.image from action.yml

Just in case you are interested in adapting this code or in case you want to create your own tool.

It's not possible to use expressions like image: "docker://kie-group:github-action-build-chain:{{ inputs.build-chain-build-system }}". This way it would be easy to dynamically select image to run with a simple with input from flow yml file and we could skip errors like matrix in uses. Just because of this we have to maintain different Dockerfile definitions in different branches and to tag every branch for every version we release like python3-cekit-v1.

Development

Execute CLI

npm install
npm run build:cli
./build/index.js build ...

build-chain-configuration-reader dependency

The definition files are read thanks to build-chain-configuration-reader library so in case you want to modify something from there it's easier if you just npm link it:

  • clone repository and browse to the folder
  • npm install it
  • (sudo) npm link
  • and then from this project folder execute npm link @kie/build-chain-configuration-reader

Multi token usage with the help of octokit throttling

To avoid rate limiting errors, users can pass in multiple tokens that octokit can use while making Github API calls.The idea is that when octokit gets a rate limit error for one token it will use another token from the pool and retry the same request.

To implement this we used features and plugins from octokit itself. Using the octokit throttling plugin, we attached hooks that are triggered whenever octokit gets a rate limit error. This hook switches out the current token with a new token from a whitelist pool of tokens (these tokens haven't reached their rate limit) and sets that token as the current token. The token which had reached its rate limit is then added to a blacklist where we keep track of after what time that token can become usable. Each time when this hook is triggered we also check whether a token from the blacklist is now available or not. If it is then we add it back to the whitelist for future use.

Now since we have a dynamically changing current token, we had to create a custom auth strategy for octokit. This auth strategy also installs a hook which is triggered each time octokit makes a request. So before each request, this hook adds the current token to the authorization header.

Testing

unit tests

To test your changes you can run

npm test

And to test with coverage report you can run

npm run test:report

e2e tests

To run e2e tests you need Docker. Once you have setup docker you can run

npm run test:e2e

To generate log files containing the raw output of the worflows executed during e2e tests you can run

ACT_LOG=true npm run test:e2e

System Requirements

  • Git >=2.28
  • NodeJS >= 14

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