Setting up a development environment
Grab the dependencies and required software
Install the dependencies and build dependencies:
$ sudo apt-get build-dep .
If that fails with a complaint that any package it not recent enough, then
you probably need to enable the backports repository and install
those packages from there (replace
<stable> with the
current Debian stable release codename, and
with the package you want to install):
sudo apt-get install -t <stable>-backports <PACKAGE>
One of the dependencies that you should have installed above is
rabbitmq-server. You might not want to have it running at all
times. To disable
rabbitmq-server, you can run:
$ sudo systemctl disable rabbitmq-server
If you disabled rabbitmq-server, you will have to remember to start it before hacking on debci:
$ service rabbitmq-server start
Set up the test environment
After having the dependencies installed, you now have to do some setup. The exact steps depend on your goal with debci.
The most common case is that you want to work in aspects of the system that do not involve the actual test backends, e.g. the user interface, or the database. For that, you can use helper script to to the setup for you:
The above script will create:
a package whitelist in
config/whitelist; this limits the set of packages that will be worked on, reducing the time it takes for processing everything on your local tests.
a configuration file at
config/conf.d/dev.confwhich sets architectures and suites. It also sets the debci backend to the
fakebackend, which is very fast (because it does not really run tests, it just produces “fake” test runs with random results)
fake backend gets package versions from your local
system. So, for example if you are on Debian stable, when “running tests”
fake backend will report as
testing the version of
foo that is available on Debian stable.
If for some reason you want or need it to report, say, versions that look
like the ones from Debian unstable, all you have to do is add a
sources.list entry for Debian unstable, like this:
If you want to work on an actual test backend, then you will want to modify
config/conf.d/dev.conf to set the backend to the one you want
to work on.
Get debci up and running
Now you need to compile a few files that will be part of the user interface:
Now initialize the database:
$ ./bin/debci migrate
Create a local distribution with chdist:
$ ./bin/debci setup-chdist
debci is composed of a few daemons; you can run all of them in one shot by running:
$ foreman start
This will start:
one debci worker daemon, which runs tests.
one debci collector daemon, which receives test results, and generates data files and HTML for the web interface.
one web server daemon.
one indexer daemon, which generates the HTML UI from the data directory
Now leave those daemons running, and open a new terminal to continue working.
To visualize the web interface, browse to localhost:8080/
You will notice that the web interface looks a little empty. To generate some test data, run
The command above will submit one test job for each package on each suite
and each architecture. If you changed the backend from
something else, you might not want to do this.
If you go back to the terminal that is running the debci daemons, you will see a few messages there related to test jobs you just submitted.
To schedule a single test run, run:
$ ./bin/debci enqueue $PACKAGE
debci web UI development
If you are interested in working on the web UI, first make sure that you have a development environment setup and some test data.
The web UI is generated using Ruby and ERB templates. A
bin/debci-generate-html generates all of the pages
for the web UI by using the templates.
The templates contain HTML and debci Ruby API calls to display information in the interface.
The templates are contained in the
while the debci Ruby API is contained a directory lower in
Once you make changes to the templates or other code for the web UI, run the following to regenerate the HTML for the interface:
$ ./bin/debci generate-html
If you make changes to the documentation (HACKING.md, RUBYAPI.md, etc.), run the following to regenerate it:
With the web interface running, you should see your changes with a refresh of the web page.
NOTE: Try to keep lines under 80 characters in length unless it would cause the code to look weird or less readable.
Implementing new features for the debci web interface
If you are developing a new feature for the debci web UI, make sure that if
you develop any new debci Ruby API calls that you add tests for them in the
appropriate test file. (e.g. If you add a method to
Running tests on your code
After adding tests for the new method in the appropriate test file, run the following:
$ make spec
This will run all tests using rspec. You should see output similar to the following:
rspec --color ................................................................ Finished in 0.05459 seconds 64 examples, 0 failures
If your code passed the appropriate tests, you will see that there are no failures reported by rspec.