Recently, I started moving my repositories from Gitea to Gitolite. Main reason was that I forgot to regularly update my Gitea instance, it’s a program that constantly runs in the background, and I wasn’t using the Issues / Wiki / etc. features anyway. Technically, a very simple bare repo would do the trick as well, since I’m the only user. But why not try something out while I’m at it?

(Gitea is a project / source management system, think of a self-hosted version of Github.
Gitolite is a small program that gets called when you git fetch or git push and determines if your ssh public key has the permissions to perform the operation. It manages the repositories and allows for pretty fine-grained access control.)

Because I didn’t look properly, I didn’t find the script anymore. (It’s in the buildbot-contrib repo btw). Also, it annoyed me that buildbot created a build for every single change (commit), even though I had the collapseRequests config option set to True. (Spoiler alert. Turns out I had the treeStableTimer of the SingleBranchScheduler set to None.)

So I actually went through the documentation headings, noticed “Change Hooks” and thought “Oh, surely this is the solution!”. I only enabled the base dialect and tried various curl requests, which resulted in changes being submitted, but no builds being triggered. Clarification set in when I re-read my master.cfg again and saw that the SingleBranchScheduler had a filter set to only build on the master branch. After facepalming at myself, the curl request

curl -v "http://localhost:8010/change_hook?comments=force_build&author=uvok&branch=master"

indeed triggered a build! Since I don’t care about the actual commit messages being shown in buildbot, this would be the perfect solution!

However, at this point I also discovered that the treeStableTimer was set to None (see above), so I decided to keep using the provided script. - Even though that means I have to install python3-twisted globally on the system (since I don’t wanna figure out how to activate a venv from a git hook).

Anyway, here’s a very simplified diagram of the buildbot architecture:

Buildbot architecture

Note that the Buildbot documentation has a far more detailed diagram.

Morale of the story: Read the manual, even if it’s frustrating if you just want to get a single small thing done. ;)