Notifications About Failed SCM/CI Workflows and More

A lot of things happen behind the scenes whenever OBS runs an SCM/CI workflow. Sometimes, you might want to know which workflow failed or completed successfully and the only way to do this is by visiting the workflow runs UI. This time we tried to improve this and other details in the SCM/CI integration.

We started off the continuous integration between OBS and GitHub/GitLab in May 2021, then made some improvements in June 2021. We introduced advanced features like reporting filters and support for self-hosted SCM together with a list of common pitfalls in July 2021 and in August 2021, we continued with two new steps and a UI for tokens. In September 2021, we supported more actions for pull/merge requests, improved the UI for tokens, and added support for push events and a rebuild step. In November 2021, we presented the user documentation and further improvements for the UI for tokens and workflow runs and more. We worked on UI and reporting improvements in February 2022, followed by a step to trigger services and the improvement of the error messages in April 2022. Afterwards, we clarified the separation between incoming webhooks and status reports in May 2022, then sharing tokens was made possible in June 2022. Later in July 2022, we added support for the SCM Bridge feature. Around September 2022, the feature was considered stable, so we enabled it for all the OBS users, but that wasn’t the end; later in September we reached the milestone of supporting Gitea on top of GitHub and GitLab. In December 2022 we introduced placeholder variables in addition to a customizable configuration file location. Later on we brought notifications for failed workflow runs, and now we introduced a new way of listing the events by multiple filter parameters

This feature is documented in the SCM/CI Workflow Integration chapter of the OBS User Guide.

Notifications About Failed SCM/CI Workflows

Whenever an SCM/CI workflow is executed, you get a new entry of workflow run that gives all the details about status, event type, event source etc. But now OBS also gives you the possibility of receiving a notification as soon as one workflow run fails.

Screenshot of workflow run notification activation
Screenshot of failed workflow run

Workflow Configuration File and SetFlag Step Artifacts in Workflow Run

Previously, the workflow run details only included the URL or path to the workflow configuration file. Now it also includes the file content so you can always check what was the configuration at the time the workflow ran.

Screenshot of workflow configuration file

In addition to the configuration file the workflow run now also stores the artifacts of the SetFlag step.

How To Give Us Feedback

There are two ways to reach us:

Please note that we favor GitHub to gather feedback as it allows us to easily keep track of the discussions.