Collapsing Console Sections Plugin

This plugin allows the creation of sections in build consoles. These sections can be individually collapsed to hide unimportant details. A floating outline widget is available to navigate through all the sections of a build.

Plugin Information

Plugin ID collapsing-console-sections
Latest Release 1.3
Latest Release Date Nov 11, 2010
Plugin Central Plugin Central 3.2
Sources Subversion
Support Eclipse Hudson Forum
Issue Tracking Eclipse Bugzilla
Hudson Core (latest) 3.3.3

Basic Usage

This plugin requires Hudson 1.381 or newer.

Once this plugin is installed, you can define console sections from Manage Hudson. Each console section is defined by a display name, a Java regular expression pattern that identifies the start of the section in log files, and a second regex that identifies the end of the section.

Starting with version 1.2 of this plugin, captured groups from the start-of-section regular expression can be referenced from the section display name. Simply use {1}, {2}, and so forth in the place where you want to insert the value of the corresponding capture group of the regular expression.

After console sections have been defined, any section definition that matches contents of a visited build console URL will cause the that section to be annotated in the browser window. Visibility of the section contents can be toggled with the "Hide/Show" link.

A floating navigation widget is also inserted into the left-side navigation to aid movement between console sections.

Programmatic Usage

If you want to provide a pre-canned set of sections for your organization's Hudson installation, you can create a plugin that depends on this plugin, and programmatically create section definitions. Create instances of SectionDefinition to define sections, and then create a ConsoleAnnotatorFactory subclass that returns an instance of CollapsingSectionAnnotator. Here is a simple example that creates a section around Subversion checkouts.

import hudson.Extension;
import hudson.console.ConsoleAnnotator;
import hudson.console.ConsoleAnnotatorFactory;
import hudson.model.Run;
import org.jvnet.hudson.plugins.collapsingconsolesections.CollapsingSectionAnnotator;
import org.jvnet.hudson.plugins.collapsingconsolesections.SectionDefinition;

public class SubversionAnnotatorFactory extends ConsoleAnnotatorFactory<Class<Run>> {
    public ConsoleAnnotator newInstance(Class<Run> context) {
        SectionDefinition svnSection = new SectionDefinition( "Subversion Checkout",
                "((Checking out)|(Updating) (http|https|svn\\+ssh).+",
                "At revision \\d+.+" );
        return new CollapsingSectionAnnotator( svnSection );

The signature for CollapsingSectionAnnotator's constructor is

public CollapsingSectionAnnotator( SectionDefinition... definitions );

so you can use a single annotator that defines multiple console sections.

Known Issues

  • Sections are not automatically added when viewing a live log. A manual refresh of the page will cause completed sections to be marked.

Change Log

Version 1.3 (November 11, 2010)

  • [HUDSON-8078] Work around problem that causes SCM polling logs to not be displayed.

Version 1.2 (November 4, 2010)

  • Allow content of captured groups of the starting regular expression to be used in the section header.
  • Escape section header on output to prevent XSS exploits.

Version 1.1 (November 3, 2010)

  • Fixed bug where navigation widget overlaps into console area when floating.

Version 1.0 (November 2, 2010)

  • Initial version


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