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Setup buildbot environment

In your localhost use this script, it magically does everything for you.

List builders added/removed

You can read the blog post in here.

Download your patch and run it against It will create a clean buildbot environment under $HOME/.mozilla/releng and determine what your patch adds/removes.

NOTE: This only works with buildbot-configs patches.

hg clone
braindump/community/ -j path_to_patch.diff


Did you know vim has a diff mode? Try running vimdiff file1 file2

Most of the suggestions below combine nicely with vimdiff, or some other diff utility. Get a dump of the output prior to your changes, and then a dump of the output after your changes and run them through vimdiff or your favourite diff utility. Since the diff lines can be lengthy, "wdiff -3" can be helpful to hilight not just what lines changed, but exactly what changed on each line.

buildbot-configs includes a script called It will iterate through the list of buildbot master configurations and run buildbot checkconfig on each.

NOTE: You want your PYTHONPATH to point to the path that contains your buildbotcustom checkout and lib/python inside of the tools repo. For example:

export PYTHONPATH=$PYTHONPATH:~/repos:~/repos/tools/lib/python

where ~/repos is where buildbotcustom and tools are checked out.

Run the tests like this:


If you don't have buildbot on your path, then you should do

./ -b /path/to/buildbot

eg .../bin/buildbot in a master you already have set up (see below).

Please run this before asking for review, or landing changes! is executable!

You can run in the mozilla/ or mozilla-tests/ directories and have it spit out the complete configuration for all branches. e.g.

ln -sf production_config
python > orig.txt
hg qpush # Apply my awesome changes
python > new.txt
vimdiff orig.txt new.txt

setup one master and output the steps for it

cd ~/repos/buildbot-confgs
# run ./ --list to see the list of masters
rm -rf master_dir; mkdir master_dir; python master_dir pm01-builder
cd master_dir
python ~/repos/releng/braindump/buildbot-related/ master.cfg > old
# apply your changes
python ~/repos/releng/braindump/buildbot-related/ master.cfg > new
# compare old and new

and here is the changes I do to brainddump:

diff --git a/buildbot-related/ b/buildbot-related/
--- a/buildbot-related/
+++ b/buildbot-related/
@@ -31,4 +31,5 @@ print "Builders:"
 for b in g['c']['builders']:
     print b['name'], b['factory'].__class__.__name__
     for s in b['factory'].steps:
         step_class, args = s
@@ -65,2 +66,3 @@ for s in g['c']['status']:
             d[a] = getattr(s, a)
     print format_objs(s, d)
+''' /

Our braindump repo has a few useful scripts to help with testing: and will take a buildbot master.cfg file as input and output the list of all builders with steps to stdout.

For example:

export PYTHONPATH=/builds/buildbot/kmoir/test2:/builds/buildbot/kmoir/tools/lib/python:/builds/buildbot/kmoir/test2:/builds/buildbot/kmoir/tools/lib/python
source ./bin/activate
/builds/buildbot/kmoir/test2/braindump/buildbot-related/ master/master.cfg > new
hg up -C
/builds/buildbot/kmoir/test2/braindump/buildbot-related/ master/master.cfg > old
diff -pU 8 old new > differences will take a buildbot master.cfg file as input and output the list of all builders with steps, all change sources, all schedulers, and all status plugins to stdout.

To be really thorough, you can run, which is like, except instead of doing just a buildbot checkconfig, it runs on each master configuration. This can take a while to run (over a minute), but is a great way to make sure your changes don't have unintended side-effects.

This is an example on how to use it:

cd ~/repos/buildbot-configs
~/repos/releng/braindump/buildbot-related/ > new
hg up -C
~/repos/releng/braindump/buildbot-related/ > old
diff -pU 8 old new > differences
# or
vimdiff old new

Be not afraid!

... of hacking things to make testing easier. Here's an example of a simple script to output the command for certain status objects. I used this to make sure that my patch was only changing the command for a subset of the status objects.

import re

# Load the buildbot master config

for s in c['status']:
    # We only care about status plugins with a 'command' attribute here
    if hasattr(s, 'command'):
        # Strip out 'instance at 0x12345678', it changes between runs
        s = "%s %s %s" % (s, s.command,
        s = re.sub("instance at 0x[0-9a-f]+", "", s)
        print s

How to test a talos change and use compare-talos

  • update your mozilla-central checkout & take note of the revision (oldRevision)
  • push a build through the try server (this gives you a unique &rev= on Try - newRevision) indicating the platform you want (see TryChooser builder site) and *no* talos results (we want to force the talos testing on our preprod slave)
hg ci -m "try: -b o -p win32 -u none -t none"
hg push -f try # Verify
  • make your personal master to point to the Try tree and to the production graphs DB
    • TODO document this step
  • do a talos sendchange to your personal master pointing to the try build once completed
    • TODO document this step
  • once your talos jobs are completed use compare-talos to compare the old and new reviions