Adding New CI Jobs

Adding The Job

libc++ uses Buildkite for running its CI. Setting up new CI jobs is easy, and these jobs can run either on our existing infrastructure, or on your own.

If you need to run the job on your own machines, please follow the Buildkite guide to setup your own agents. Make sure you tag your agents in a way that you’ll be able to recognize them when defining your job below. Finally, in order for the agent to register itself to Buildkite, it will need a BuildKite Agent token. Please contact a maintainer to get your token.

Then, simply add a job to the Buildkite pipeline by editing libcxx/utils/ci/buildkite-pipeline.yml. Take a look at how the surrounding jobs are defined and do something similar. An example of a job definition is:

- label: "C++11"
  command: "libcxx/utils/ci/run-buildbot generic-cxx11"
    - "**/test-results.xml"
    queue: "libcxx-builders"
    os: "linux"

If you create your own agents, put them in the libcxx-builders queue and use agent tags to allow targetting your agents from the Buildkite pipeline config appropriately.

We try to keep the pipeline definition file as simple as possible, and to keep any script used for CI inside libcxx/utils/ci. This ensures that it’s possible to reproduce CI issues locally with ease, understanding of course that some setups may require access to special hardware that is not available.

Testing Your New Job

Testing your new job is easy – once your agent is set up (if any), just open a code review and the libc++ CI pipeline will run, including any changes you might have made to the pipeline definition itself.

Service Level Agreement

To keep the libc++ CI useful for everyone, we aim for a quick turnaround time for all CI jobs. This allows the overall pipeline to finish in a reasonable amount of time, which is important because it directly affects our development velocity. We also try to make sure that jobs run on reliable infrastructure in order to avoid flaky failures, which reduce the value of CI for everyone.

We may be reluctant to add and support CI jobs that take a long time to finish or that are too flaky.