[Buildbot-devel] SVN checkouts: preserving directory name, multiple concurrent directories

Natalie Tasman natalie.tasman at insilicos.com
Mon Jul 20 18:59:24 UTC 2009

Hello Zellyn,

Thank you for the suggestion.  It looks like a good step in the right
direction, but it doesn't quite do the trick for me.

With  0.7.11p1, buildbot.steps.source.SVN set to mode "copy":




Here's what automatically happens:

rm -rf appA-src
rm -rf source
svn checkout [http...]/appA source
svnversion "."
cp [...]/source [...]/appA-src

rm -rf appB-src
rm -rf source
svn checkout [http...]/appB source
svnversion "."
cp [...]/source [...]/appB-src

pwd: "[...]/build" (empty directory)

The problems here:

1) "copy" is intended to keep a clean working checkout, then copy to a
new build directory.  That doesn't happen here.  Buildbot zaps the
default "source" directory and checks out everything, for both
projects.  My checkouts are over 100MB, so doing a clean checkout
every time is prohibitively expensive.

Instead, I would like to see buildbot maintain two source directories
so that the next "svn update" step would just pick up deltas, not
require the entire checkout again.

2) "copy" doesn't copy the sources to the build directory.

Thanks again, and any other suggestions are appreciated!


On Sat, Jul 18, 2009 at 8:30 AM, Zellyn Hunter<zellyn+buildbot at gmail.com> wrote:
> Natalie,
> Have you tried using the "workdir" arg to buildbot.steps.source.SVN to
> get it to place files in a specific location? That worked for me:
> before I added it, the two checkouts were clearing and repopulating
> the same folder. I use relative paths like workdir="build/appA" and
> workdir="build/appB".
> Zellyn
> On Fri, Jul 17, 2009 at 4:47 PM, Natalie
> Tasman<natalie.tasman at insilicos.com> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> The project that I'm working on has a SVN repository structure like
>> this:
>> .../trunk/projectA
>> .../trunk/projectB
>> .../trunk/projectC
>> ...
>> .../trunk/projectF
>> I only need projectB and projectF, so I really don't want to have to
>> checkout the entire trunk.
>> In order to build, I need the following local directory strucure:
>> <some path>/projectB
>> <some path>/projectF
>> ProjectF has references like "../../../projectB", so it's necessary to
>> preserve this structure.
>> With commandline svn, it's no problem to preserve the directory name
>> instead of renaming it to "source", as BuildBot likes to.
>> It seems that I might be able to get something going with a series of
>> ShellCommands to manually run SVN (and properly execute the rm -rf /
>> cp commands to simulate BuildBot's SVN "copy" mode), and so on-- but
>> to have to redo this for all operating systems?  That was the whole
>> point of using something like BuildBot in the first place:)
>> I've tried searching the mailing list but wasn't able to find the
>> answer.  Thanks in advance for any assistance!
>> Natalie
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