This plugin creates a pipeline of Hudson\Jenkins jobs and gives a view so that you can visualise it.
Continuous Integration has become a widely adopted practice in modern software development. Jenkins & Hudson are great tools for supporting Continuous Integration.
Taking it to the next level: Continuous integration can become the centerpiece of your deployment pipeline, orchestrating the promotion of a version of software through quality gates and into production. By extending the concepts of CI you can create a chain of jobs each one subjecting your build to quality assurance steps. These QA steps may be a combination of manual and automated steps. Once a build has passed all these, it can be automatically deployed into production.
In order to better support this process, we have developed the Build Pipeline Plugin. This gives the ability to form a chain of jobs based on their upstream\downstream dependencies. Downstream jobs may, as per the default behaviours, be triggered automatically ,or by a suitable authorised user manually triggering it.
You can also see a history of pipelines in a view, the current status and where each version got to in the chain based on it's revision number in VCS.
We'd love to hear about your experience using it or any enhancement suggestions - please let us know:
The Pipeline View
| Configure View
|| Navigate to the configure view page.
| Start Build of Pipeline for ...
|| Invokes a new build of the initial job in the build pipeline.
| View/Hide Build Pipeline Icon Legend
|| Toggles the view of the Build Pipeline Icon legend.
- Install the plugin using the Hudson\Jenkins Plugin Manager and restart.
- Create a view of the new type Build Pipeline View.
You will then be redirected directly to the configuration page.
- The table below outlines what each interesting parameter controls:
|| The name of the Build Pipeline View
|| This message will be displayed on the view page. Useful for describing what this view is about, or linking to relevant resources. Can contain HTML tags.
| Build Pipeline View Title
|| Gives a title to the page that displays the view
| Select Initial Job
|| This is the first job in the build pipeline. It will traverse through the downstream jobs to build up the entire build pipeline.
Select from a drop-down list of jobs.
| No of Displayed Builds
|| The number of historical builds to be displayed on a page.
| Restrict Trigger to the Most Recent Build
|| Where applicable, restricts the appearance of a Trigger button to only the most recent build pipeline.
Yes: Only the latest build pipeline will have a manual trigger button.
No: All builds displayed on the view will have a manual trigger button.
- Navigate to the Job configuration page.
- Scroll down to the Post-build Actions section.
- For an Automated downstream build step;
To add a build step that will trigger automatically upon the successful completion of the previous one:
- Select the Build other projects check-box
- Enter the name(s) of the downstream projects in the Projects to build field. (n.b. Multiple projects can be specified by using comma, like "abc, def".)
- For a Manually Triggered downstream build step:
To add a build step that will wait for a manual trigger:
- Select the Build Pipeline Plugin -> Manually Execute Downstream Project check-box
- Enter the name(s) of the downstream projects in the Downstream Project Names field. (n.b. Multiple projects can be specified by using comma, like "abc, def".)
- Click Save
|Automatic & Manual downstream build steps|
The Build Pipeline Plugin handles the creation of multiple automatic and/or manually triggered downstream build steps on the same project.
Upgrading from Release 1.0.0
When upgrading from 1.0.0 to 1.1.1 some of the previous view and job configuration fields have been removed. You may notice some errors of the following errors appearing in the Hudson/Jenkins log.
WARNING: Skipping a non-existent field downstreamProjectName
com.thoughtworks.xstream.converters.reflection.NonExistentFieldException: No such field au.com.centrumsystems.hudson.plugin.buildpipeline.trigger.BuildPipelineTrigger.downstreamProjectName
This is because the configuration files refer to old fields that may no longer exist.
In order to correct these issues go to the Job configuration page, confirm that all of the details are correct and click on the Save button.
|Hosted on Google Code|
This is hosted on Google Code so that we can support both Jenkins and Hudson.
Please use Google Code rather than this page to ask questions, report bugs and request features.
More on Pipelines
The canonical reference for pipelines is the book Continuous Delivery.
Chapter 5 of the book, which describes how deployment pipelines work, is available for free here.
Are you facing these challenges as you try to meet your delivery commitments?
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