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Updating Fuego

Here are some notes about updating Fuego, and some tips for when it might be necessary and when not.

Introduction [edit section]

Fuego consists of two repositories - 'fuego' and 'fuego-core'. The contents of the 'fuego' repository are primarily focused on the creation and management of the docker container, and the 'fuego' Linux distribution inside it, and on global configuration for the Fuego system (including fuego configuration, board definitions and toolchains).

The 'fuego-core' repository has the core engine of Fuego, including the 'ftc' command, the core scripts, and the Fuego tests themselves (including source code in many cases). This repository may get updates more frequently as tests are added or as the core framework of Fuego is fixes, extended and enhanced.

One of the goals of having separate repositories (which are a bit of a pain to keep synchronized) is to make it possible to update the test framework and tests in 'fuego-core' without having to update the 'fuego' repository or rebuild the docker container.

Upgrading Fuego [edit section]

'pull'ing fuego-core [edit section]

In many cases, you can upgrade the Fuego test framework merely by doing a 'git pull' on the 'fuego-core' repository, on your host machine. This will pull new features and new tests into your 'fuego-core' repository. The new scripts, tools and tests in this repository will become visible inside your container under the directory: /fuego-core.

You can even do this while the docker container is running. However, you should not do a 'git pull' on 'fuego-core' while a test is running. That might change the scripts and tools in the middle of a test, which would lead to unpredictable behavior.

If you have local modifications to existing tests, you may need to 'git stash' those modifications, and merge them with the new code, in order to proceed with the update. New tests that you have created should be in their own directories, and should not be affected by a 'git pull'.

For Fuego releases, we strive to preserve backwards compatibility with core APIs, so that existing tests will not break when a new core framework is installed. However, in some rare cases this is unavoidable. These situations will be noted in the release notes for a particular release. See Releases for links to information about each release. In particular, a large amount of framework refactoring occurred in the 1.1 and 1.2 releases.

In rare cases, which will be announced on the Fuego mailing list and noted in the release notes, a change will be made in the framework that is incompatible with the current format of nodes, jobs or builds, as held by the Jenkins server. In this case it becomes impossible to use pre-existing test data with the new framework, and it may become necessary to shelve that data and start a new instance (either of the docker container or of Jenkins).

'pull'ing fuego [edit section]

As new features are added to Fuego, sometimes it becomes necessary to alter the way the docker container is built, or to add additional Debian packages to the 'fuego' distribtion of Linux that is inside the container. These types of changes sometimes require that a new container be built with the new attributes. However, building a new container eliminates the Jenkins node, job, and build data that is in the current container. For this reason, it is desirable to avoid rebuilding the container, if possible.

In many cases it is possible to pull a new 'fuego' repository and NOT have to rebuild the container, by just implementing manually whatever was changed. For example, the most common change to 'fuego' is in the Dockerfile, to add a new package to the fuego distribution of Linux inside the container. While you could rebuild the container from scratch after such a change, you can also manually just do an 'apt-get install <new-package>' inside the running docker container. This will provide the same functionality for your existing docker container that a new one would have (providing that new library, tool or feature).

In some cases, it is possible to implement other changes as well. For example, if a tool is placed in a new location by an updated Dockerfile, then you could manually move the tool in your docker container, for the same effect. The details of this operation depend on what has changed. You can do a 'git log' in the 'fuego' repository for details about the changes made, and decide if you can effect those changes in your existing container, without having to rebuild a new one. If you have any questions, please ask them on the Fuego mailing list, and we will try to assist.

preserving old containers [edit section]

Please note that you do not have to destroy or remove a container when you create a new one. By convention the fuego docker image is called 'fuego' and the fuego docker container is called 'fuego-container'. You can specify different names when you create a new image and container, but the preferred method of dealing with this is to rename the existing image and container, and create new ones with the default names. If you plan to preserve an image and container, you need to preserve the 'fuego' and 'fuego-core' repositories in their same directories, or docker will get confused. That is, if you want to upgrade and create a new docker container, while still preserving the old container, you should 'git clone' the repositories to a new directory location in your host filesystem. Note in this case, that you should not have both the new container and the old container running at the same time, as there will be conflicts over TCP port numbers and other host resources. The old test data (from the other container) will not be visible along with any new data in the new container (ie in the Jenkins interface). However this does provide a mechanism to preserve your data from previous tests.

Note that Fuego 'run' data is outside of the Jenkins directory, and stored on the host filesystem in fuego-rw/logs, so this data is always available even when the docker container is rebuilt. You should be careful, however, as Jenkins job IDs will be reused, starting from 1, for any new jobs executed with a fresh container and instance of Jenkins. These may overwrite the result directories from previous runs, if you re-use the same fuego/fuego-rw directory. This is yet another reason to use new repository directories for a new docker container build (and Fuego instance).

Fuego versions [edit section]

Please note that this discussion applies more generally to major Fuego releases. For Fuego, and major release is considered one where the second digit of the version number is the same (the '1' or '2' in 1.1 and 1.2).

If an API-incompatible change occurs within a major release, this is considered a regression and we will try to fix it.

Our hope is that Fuego is starting to settle down a bit in the 1.2 release, and that API-incompatible changes will be more rare after that release.

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