[Top][All Lists]

[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

[PATCH v2 1/3] gitlab: always build container images

From: Daniel P . Berrangé
Subject: [PATCH v2 1/3] gitlab: always build container images
Date: Tue, 16 Feb 2021 13:29:52 +0000

Currently we attempt to skip building container images if the commits do
not involve changes to the dockerfiles or gitlab CI definitions.

Conceptually this makes sense, but there is a challenge in the real
world implementation of this in gitlab.

In the case of a CI pipeline triggered from a merge request, GitLab
knows the common ancestor of the merge request and the main git repo,
so it can trivially determine if any of the commits associated with
the MR change the dockerfiles.

In the case of a CI pipeline triggered from a push to a branch, it is
much more difficult. There is no concept of a common ancestor in this
case. Instead GitLab looks at the set of commits in the git push event.

On the surface this may sound reasonable, but it doesn't take into
account that a push event does not always contain the full set of
patches from a branch.

For example, consider pushing 5 commits, one of which contains a
dockerfile change. This will trigger a CI pipeline for the
containers. Now consider you do some more work on the branch and push 3
further commits, so you now have a branch of 8 commits. For the second
push GitLab will only look at the 3 most recent commits, the other 5
were already present. Thus GitLab will not realize that the branch has
dockerfile changes that need to trigger the container build.

This can cause real world problems:

 - Push 5 commits to branch "foo", including a dockerfile change

    => rebuilds the container images with content from "foo"
    => build jobs runs against containers from "foo"

 - Refresh your master branch with latest upstream master

    => rebuilds the container images with content from "master"
    => build jobs runs against containers from "master"

 - Push 3 more commits to branch "foo", with no dockerfile change

    => no container rebuild triggers
    => build jobs runs against containers from "master"

The "changes" conditional in gitlab is OK, *provided* your build
jobs are not relying on any external state from previous builds.

This is NOT the case in QEMU, because we are building container
images and these are cached. This is a scenario in which the
"changes" conditional is not usuable.

The only other way to avoid this problem would be to use the git
branch name as the container image tag, instead of always using
"latest". The downside of this approach is that the user's gitlab
registry will grow significantly until it starts to trigger
GitLab's automatic deletion policy.  Every time the user starts
a new branch they will have to trigger a rebuild of the container
images. Given this, we might as well just drop the conditional
and always build the container images. Most of the time docker
will be able to use the layer cache to avoid the most expensive
part of the rebuild process (installing all the RPMs/debs/etc)

Signed-off-by: Daniel P. Berrangé <berrange@redhat.com>
 .gitlab-ci.d/containers.yml | 7 -------
 1 file changed, 7 deletions(-)

diff --git a/.gitlab-ci.d/containers.yml b/.gitlab-ci.d/containers.yml
index 90fac85ce4..33e4046e23 100644
--- a/.gitlab-ci.d/containers.yml
+++ b/.gitlab-ci.d/containers.yml
@@ -20,13 +20,6 @@
     - docker push "$TAG"
     - docker logout
-  rules:
-    - changes:
-      - .gitlab-ci.d/containers.yml
-      - tests/docker/*
-      - tests/docker/dockerfiles/*
-    - if: '$CI_COMMIT_REF_NAME == "testing/next"'
   <<: *container_job_definition

reply via email to

[Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread]