ReferencePlatforms/How To/Setup a New Reference Platform

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Congratulations. You have been chosen to setup a new reference platform. Armen summarized this journey as "It will be difficult". In addition to testing the new image on the test or build machines, there are several other steps that must be taken to ensure that our build infrastructure is read to work with the new platform and the associated slaves. There are several tasks that you can do ahead of time to make it easier noted in the checklist below. Many of these involve IT, so open bugs accordingly.

Do you need a new master?

  • Do you have enough capacity on your master to accommodate the new slaves?
    • roughly, testing masters should have no more than 80 slaves (these days) (Todo: how to check what slaves are assigned to each master)
  • Does your master reside in the same data center as your new slaves?
    • If not, you should set up a new test master so both slaves and master reside in the same data center.

If so, open bugs for the new master

If the answer is no to any of the questions above, you'll need to setup a new master, unless there unused masters that are already provisioned and available to you. Open a bug with IT to bring up some VMs where you can install a new master (example: bug 782870. Read ReleaseEngineering/Master_Setup to understand the steps to setup a new master. This document also describes some bugs that need to be opened with various teams when setting up the new master, so read it now.

Open a bug to establish network flows to the sql server from the new master

  • Open a bug (Server Operations::ACL Request) for network flows from your new master(s) to the sql server to example bug 783055

Open bugs so you can puppetize the new master(s) and add them to productionmasters.json

This is a example bug 783455. The buildmaster-production.pp (puppet-manifests) needs to have the new masters added to the nodes so you can puppetize the new masters. The productionmasters.json (tools) needs to have the new masters listed. I initially set them to disabled, they will be enabled when we are ready for production. Before the reconfig to enable the new master occurs, you should add ssh keys and an updated authorized_keys file to the master. Once the reconfig is complete, you'll need to start the new master.

Open a bug for buildbot and puppet changes

There are changes needed to buildbotcustom, buildbot-configs and puppet-manifests to support the new platform - example bug 777759. The buildbot-configs patch will have to wait to be released until all your testing is complete and the platform is ready to land in a reconfig. The buildbotcustom and puppet-manifests changes can be landed at any time. There are also changed required to enable a platform's tests running to mozilla-central + peers see for an example.

The changes in puppet-manifests repo are changes to the modules/buildmaster/templates/ file. (From rail: the file is in the puppet-manifests repo, but these machines are running from puppet again master). As well, you'll need to update the secrets.pp.template and secrets.pp on master-puppet1, and replicate these changes to the other masters. Changes to the puppet-again servers are deployed automatically, changes to the puppet-manifests servers are not. See ReleaseEngineering/Puppet/Usage#Deploy_changes on how to deploy changes to servers pulling from the old puppet-manifests repo.

Open bugs for graph server changes

  • testing machines and each type of build need graph server changes
    • need to land changes to 'sql/data.sql' on the default branch of (to match your inserts).
    • If this is a new build platform, make sure that graph server knows about the build platform
      • insert a machine name like %OS%_%branch% (e.g. "WINNT_5.2_mozilla-central" and "WINNT_5.2_mozilla-central_leak_test")

We don't have access to update the graph server anymore. You need to open a bug with the database operations team to add them. This is an example 1131072 of such a request.

NOTE: If you inadvertently add an incorrect entry to the graph database, it is best to remove that entry so it doesn't appear as an option on this page, for example:

Open a bug for Treeherder changes

  • Treeherder needs to be updated to support the new platform. Please file a bug here as soon as possible once the buildernames are known, to avoid delays - since unlike TBPL, Treeherder needs regex support prior to the jobs going live, since they are categorised as part of ingestion & not just in the UI layer.

Open a bug for buildfaster changes

As easy as this (

         ('winxp', ['Rev3 WINNT 5.1']),
+        ('win8', ['Rev3 WINNT 6.2']),

Slave health

Disable tests on branches where this platform isn't needed

** bug 786424 shows an example, disabled Mountain Lion tests for mozilla-esr10
** bug 803248 buildbot config changes to support panda_android*

When testing, ensure that you initiate sendchanges to both the the superset of branches, and the branches you want to limit the tests on to ensure when you run it in production there aren't any unexpected builds.

Slavealloc changes and cnames for slaves

  • Open a bug with IT for the cnames for the slaves. Example bug 782870
  • Add the new slaves to slavealloc (initially disabled)
  • Add the slave password to the slave_passwords table for the appropriate poolid and distro

Testing environment

  • Once your slaves are in slavealloc, tie them to your development master. Patch your development master so it includes the changes to accommodate the new platform. Set up your development master to test the new slaves and ensure that the tests run successfully for that platform.

Things to check for when running the tests:

    • That the machines reboot after the tests complete
    • That they can input results into the graphing server
    • The Apache server serves the content correctly for the performance tests
    • ...more to add

Moving new platform into production

  • After testing is complete, you should be ready to move your new platform into production.
    • Enable slaves and masters in slavealloc
    • Reconfig
      • to enable changes to buildbot-configs and make the platform available for tests bug 777759
      • to enable the new masters in productionmasters.json see bug 783455

Once the slaves are in production, monitor last builds per slave to ensure there aren't any problems with hung slaves.

Notes on configuring the client

(perhaps this should be moved to another section or document)
  • disable screensaver
  • disable power savings
  • test that resolution meets requirements set forth by devs. This may require a dongle.

Update releng monitoring/reporting

Wait times emails

Your new platform will appear as 'other' in the wait times emails unless you add a pattern match to the buildapi libs:

You will need to update the buildapi code in /home/buildapi/src on, and then restart the buildapi daemon for your code changes to take affect.

# buildapi@buildapi01
cd /home/buildapi/src
hg pull && hg up -r default
su -
# root@buildapi01
/etc/init.d/buildapi restart


The buildfaster report will break unless you add your new platform to the list of _os_patterns in



Slave health