builder - scheduling and executing jobs
This consists of three programs, a worker, a server, and a client. The single server contains a queue of jobs, which are consumed by a worker. Any number of worker can be connected to the server. The client can modify the schedule: add/remove/modify jobs, also observe a concrete job.
The server keeps persistent state of the job queue (so restarts / crashes are dealt with). A worker connects, provides some information about itself, and then waits for a job. Once a job is read and accepted, it is executed by the worker. Resulting artifacts can be transferred by the client to the server.
The client has the ability to schedule jobs at regular intervals - similar to crontab - but workers are usually executed in sandboxes/ jailed environments.
Handled and unhandled error conditions:
worker execution fails (timeout, restart, killed): not handled, but server has a timeout
worker execution gets a signal: reported to server
worker can't write job data files -> failure is captured and reported
worker can't read job output -> logged to client's console (without artifacts gathered)
worker errors when submitting console output -> exits
worker fails communication with server -> job is ignored (the server is responsible for restarting)
A templating mechanism is available, look for
orb-build.template as examples. Currently FreeBSD, Debian and Ubuntu are supported, and a repository that receives jobs is live at https://builds.robur.coop/
To install a ZFS snapshot for a builder jail, the poudriere utility can be used. After setting the ZROOT in /usr/local/etc/poudriere.conf, you can setup your jail snapshots via:
poudriere jail -c -j 13-0-REL -m ftp-archive -v 13.0-RELEASE where the argument
-j is the jailname, and
-v describes the version to download (NB: look into man poudriere-jail for further options).
A jail.conf and a shell-script to launch a jail are provided in the FreeBSD subdirectory of this repository. Adjust the exec.start in jail.conf (and other paths, such as path) if appropriate. In load.sh, adapt the zpool and zfs snapshot source name.
Before starting your jails, they'll need an Internet connection for downloading and installing packages, e.g. /etc/pf.conf: nat pass on "wlan0" inet from "127.0.2.0/24" to any -> ("wlan")