This plugin provides a Build Pipeline View of upstream and downstream connected jobs that typically form a build pipeline. In addition, it offers the ability to define manual triggers for jobs that require intervention prior to execution, e.g. an approval process outside of Jenkins.
1.3.0 - Also see the roadmap for details.
1.2.4 - Also see the roadmap for details.
Continuous Integration has become a widely adopted practice in modern software development. Jenkins & Hudson are great tools for supporting Continuous Integration.
Taking it to the next level: Continuous integration can become the centerpiece of your deployment pipeline, orchestrating the promotion of a version of software through quality gates and into production. By extending the concepts of CI you can create a chain of jobs each one subjecting your build to quality assurance steps. These QA steps may be a combination of manual and automated steps. Once a build has passed all these, it can be automatically deployed into production.
In order to better support this process, we have developed the Build Pipeline Plugin. This gives the ability to form a chain of jobs based on their upstream\downstream dependencies. Downstream jobs may, as per the default behaviours, be triggered automatically ,or by a suitable authorised user manually triggering it.
You can also see a history of pipelines in a view, the current status and where each version got to in the chain based on its revision number in VCS.
The table below outlines what each interesting parameter controls:
The name of the Build Pipeline View
This message will be displayed on the view page. Useful for describing what this view is about, or linking to relevant resources. Can contain HTML tags.
Build Pipeline View Title
Gives a title to the page that displays the view
Select Initial Job
This is the first job in the build pipeline. It will traverse through the downstream jobs to build up the entire build pipeline.
No of Displayed Builds
The number of historical builds to be displayed on a page.
Restrict triggers to most recent successful builds
Select this option to restrict the display of a Trigger button to only the most recent successful build pipelines.
Always allow manual trigger on pipeline steps
Select this option if you want to manually execute or re-execute any step of the pipeline at any time.
Show pipeline parameters
Select this option if you want to display the parameters used to run the first job in the pipeline.
The Build Pipeline Plugin handles the creation of multiple automatic and/or manually triggered downstream build steps on the same project.
When upgrading from 1.0.0 to 1.1.x some of the previous view and job configuration fields have been removed. You may notice some errors of the following errors appearing in the Hudson/Jenkins log.
WARNING: Skipping a non-existent field downstreamProjectName com.thoughtworks.xstream.converters.reflection.NonExistentFieldException: No such field au.com.centrumsystems.hudson.plugin.buildpipeline.trigger.BuildPipelineTrigger.downstreamProjectName
This is because the configuration files refer to old fields that may no longer exist.
In order to correct these issues go to the Job configuration page, confirm that all of the details are correct and click on the Save button.
The canonical reference for pipelines is the book Continuous Delivery.
Chapter 5 of the book, which describes how deployment pipelines work, is available for free here.