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Pipeline Settings

When you create a pipeline, you can customize its configurations through various settings. This document illustrates these settings in detail.

Prerequisites

Pipeline Settings

Basic Information

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On the Basic Information tab, you can customize the following information:

  • Name. The name of the pipeline. Pipelines in the same DevOps project must have different names.

  • Project. Projects will be grouped by their resources, which you can view and manage by project.

  • Description. The additional information to describe the pipeline. Description is limited to 256 characters.

  • Code Repository (optional). You can select a code repository as the code source for the pipeline. In KubeSphere v3.1, you can select GitHub, GitLab, Bitbucket, Git, and SVN as the code source.

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    If you select GitHub, you have to specify the token for accessing GitHub. If you have created a credential with your GitHub token in advance, you can select it from the drop-down list, or you can click Create a credential to create a new one. Click Confirm after selecting the token and you can view your repository on the right. Click the icon after you finish all operations.

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    If you select GitLab, you have to specify the GitLab server, owner and repository name. You also need to specify a credential if it is needed for obtaining repository codes. Click the icon after you finish all operations.

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    If you select Bitbucket, you have to enter your Bitbucket server. You can create a credential with your Bitbucket username and password in advance and then select the credential from the drop-down list, or you can click Create a credential to create a new one. Click Confirm after entering the information and you can view your repository on the right. Click the icon after you finish all operations.

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    If you select Git, you have to specify the repository URL. You need to specify a credential if it is needed for obtaining repository codes. You can also click Create a credential to create a new credential. Click the icon after you finish all operations.

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    If you select SVN, you have to specify the repository URL and the credential. You can also specify the branch included and excluded based on your needs. Click the icon after you finish all operations.

Advanced Settings with A Code Repository Selected

If you selected a code repository, you can customize the following configurations on the Advanced Settings tab:

Branch Settings

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Discard old branch means that the branch record will be discarded all together. The branch record includes console output, archived artifacts and other relevant metadata of specific branches. Fewer branches mean that you can save the disk space that Jenkins is using. KubeSphere provides two options to determine when old branches are discarded:

  • Days to keep old branches. Branches will be discarded after a certain number of days.

  • Maximum number of branches to keep. The oldest branches will be discarded after branches reach a certain amount.

    Note

    Days to keep old branches and Maximum number of branches to keep apply to branches at the same time. As long as a branch meets the condition of either field, it will be discarded. For example, if you specify 2 as the number of retention days and 3 as the maximum number of branches, any branches that exceed either number will be discarded. KubeSphere prepopulates these two fields with -1 by default, which means deleted branches will be discarded.

Behavioral strategy

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In Behavioral strategy, KubeSphere offers four strategies by default. As a Jenkins pipeline runs, the Pull Request (PR) submitted by developers will also be regarded as a separate branch.

Discover Branches

  • Exclude branches that are also filed as PRs. The source branch is not scanned such as the origin’s master branch. These branches need to be merged.
  • Only branches that are also filed as PRs. Only scan the PR branch.
  • All branches. Pull all the branches from the repository origin.

Discover Tag Branches

  • Enable discovery of Tag branch. The branch with a specific tag will be scanned.
  • Disable the discovery of the Tag branch. The branch with a specific tag will not be scanned.

Discover PR from Origin

  • Source code version of PR merged with target branch. A pipeline is created and runs based on the source code after the PR is merged into the target branch.
  • Source code version of PR itself. A pipeline is created and runs based on the source code of the PR itself.
  • Two pipelines are created when a PR is discovered. KubeSphere creates two pipelines, one based on the source code after the PR is merged into the target branch, and the other based on the source code of the PR itself.

Discover PR from Forks

  • Source code version of PR merged with target branch. A pipeline is created and runs based on the source code after the PR is merged into the target branch.
  • Source code version of PR itself. A pipeline is created and runs based on the source code of the PR itself.
  • Two pipelines are created when a PR is discovered. KubeSphere creates two pipelines, one based on the source code after the PR is merged into the target branch, and the other based on the source code of the PR itself.
  • Contributors. The users who make contributions to the PR.
  • Everyone. Every user who can access the PR.
  • From users with Admin or Write permission. Only from users with Admin or Write permission to the PR.
  • Nobody. If you select this option, no PR will be discovered despite the option you select in Pull Strategy.

Script Path

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The field of Script Path specifies the Jenkinsfile path in the code repository. It indicates the repository’s root directory. If the file location changes, the script path also needs to be changed.

Scan Repo Trigger

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You can check Enable regular expressions, ignoring names that do not match the provided regular expression (including branches and PRs) to specify a regular expression as the trigger for scanning the code repository.

You can also check If not, scan regularly and set the scan interval from the drop-down list.

Build Trigger

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You can select a pipeline from the drop-down list for When Create Pipeline and When Delete Pipeline so that when a new pipeline is created or a pipeline is deleted, the tasks in the specified pipeline can be automatically triggered.

Git Clone Options

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  • clone depth. The number of commits to fetch when you clone.
  • Pipeline clone timeout (in minutes). The number of minutes before which the cloning process has to complete.
  • Whether to enable shallow clone. Enable the shallow clone or not. If you enable it, the codes cloned will not contain tags.

Webhook Push

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Webhook Push is an efficient way to allow pipelines to discover changes in the remote code repository and automatically trigger a new running. Webhook should be the primary method to trigger Jenkins automatic scanning for GitHub and Git (for example, GitLab).

Advanced Settings with No Code Repository Selected

If you don’t select a code repository, you can customize the following configurations on the Advanced Settings tab:

Build Settings

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Discard old builds determines when the build records under the branch will be discarded. The build record includes the console output, archived artifacts, and other metadata related to a particular build. Keeping fewer builds saves disk space used by Jenkins. KubeSphere provides two options to determine when old builds are discarded:

  • Days to keep build. The build will be discarded after a certain number of days.

  • Maximum number of builds to keep. If the existing number of builds exceeds the maximum number, the oldest build will be discarded.

    Note

    These two conditions apply to the build at the same time. If either one is met first, the build will be discarded.
  • No concurrent builds. If you check this option, you cannot run multiple builds concurrently.

Parametric Build

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The parameterized build process allows you to pass in one or more parameters when you start to run a pipeline. KubeSphere provides five types of parameters by default, including String, Text, Boolean, Choice, and Password. When you parameterize a project, the build is replaced with a parameterized build, which prompts the user to enter a value for each defined parameter.

Build Trigger

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  • Scheduled build. It enables builds with a specified schedule. You can click CRON to refer to the detailed cron syntax.
  • Trigger a remote build (for example, using a script). If you need to access a predefined URL to remotely trigger the build, you have to check it and provide an authentication token so that only the user who has the token can remotely trigger the build.

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