This page is meant to help narrow down and eliminate problems when trying to execute a batch spec with
src batch [apply|preview] or managing an already created batch change and its changesets.
Executing batch change steps
src batch [apply|preview] execute a batch spec on the host machine on which it is executed (and not on the Sourcegraph instance), there are a lot of different possibilities that can cause it to fail: from missing dependencies to missing credentials when trying to connect ot the Sourcegraph instance.
The following questions can be used to find out what’s causing the problem and should ideally be answered with “yes”.
src connected to the right Sourcegraph instance?
Run the following command, replacing
sourcegraph.example.com with the URL of your Sourcegraph instance, to make sure
src is configured correctly:
src login https://sourcegraph.example.com
src is correctly configured, then the output should look similar to the following:
✔️ Authenticated as my-username on https://sourcegraph.example.com
Are dependencies installed?
When executing batch specs
src uses Docker and git. Make sure that those are installed and accessible to you on your machine.
To test whether
git is installed and accessible, run the following:
To test whether Docker is installed and configured correctly, run the following:
docker run hello-world
That command will pull Docker’s
hello-world image and try to execute a container using that image. If it works, you should see a “Hello from Docker!” message telling you that your installation seems to work.
Does “Hello World” work?
If executing your batch spec fails and you haven’t tested Batch Changes with another batch spec before, it can help to run the “Hello World” batch change to nail down what the problem is.
Go through the “Quickstart” to run a batch change that adds “Hello World” to
README.md files with the following batch spec:
name: hello-world description: Add Hello World to READMEs # Find one repository with a README.md on: - repositoriesMatchingQuery: repohasfile:README.md count:1 # In each repository, run this command. Each repository's resulting diff is captured. steps: - run: echo Hello World | tee -a $(find -name README.md) container: alpine:3 # Describe the changeset (e.g., GitHub pull request) you want for each repository. changesetTemplate: title: Hello World body: My first batch change! branch: hello-world # Push the commit to this branch. commit: message: Append Hello World to all README.md files published: false
If even that doesn’t work, then we can at least exclude the possibility that only something with your batch spec is wrong.
Does it work with a single repository? Five? Ten?
Debugging large batch changes that make changes in hundreds of repositories is hard.
In order to find out whether a problem is related to the size or scope of a batch change or with what it’s trying to achieve, try reducing the scope of your batch change.
For the former you can use Sourcegraph’s search filters.
For example, this query will only yield repositories that have
github.com/my-org in their name:
# [...] on: - repositoriesMatchingQuery: repo:^github.com/my-org
This one will only return a single repository matching that exact name:
# [...] on: - repositoriesMatchingQuery: repo:^github.com/my-org/my-repo$
That can also be achieved with the mentioned
# [...] on: - repository: github.com/my-org/my-repo1 - repository: github.com/my-org/my-repo2
Once you know that executing the batch spec works with one or more repositories, you can expand the scope back to its original form and hopefully nail down in which repository execution breaks.
Can you download a repository archive?
src is stuck in the “Initializing workspace” phase for a repository or fails to initialize the workspace, try to see whether you can download an archive of the repository manually on your command line with
curl -L -v -X GET -H 'Accept: application/zip' \ -H "Authorization: token $SRC_ACCESS_TOKEN" \ "$SRC_ENDPOINT/github.com/my-org/[email protected]/heads/master/-/raw" \ --output ~/tmp/my-repo.zip
That command is equivalent to what
src does under the hood when downloading an archive of
github.com/my-org/[email protected] to execute batch spec
If that fails, then that points to the Sourcegraph setup or infrastructure as a likely source of the problem, not
Can you manually execute the
steps.run command in a container?
If executing the
steps.run command fails, you can try to recreate whether executing the step manually in a container works.
An approximiation of what
src does under the hood is the following command:
docker run --rm --init --workdir /work \ --mount type=bind,source=/unzipped-archive-locally,target=/work \ --mount type=bind,source=/tmp-script,target=/tmp-file-in-container \ --entrypoint /bin/sh -- <IMAGE> /tmp-file-in-container
Make sure that you put your
steps.run command in
/tmp-script (or any other location), replace
<IMAGE> with the name of the Docker image, and
/unzipped-archive-locally (or any other location) with a local copy of the repository in which you want to execute the steps.
Does it work if you switch to using the workspace mode using Docker volumes?
If executing the
steps in the batch spec fails with a message that looks similar to this one (i.e. permission error)
/bin/sh: can't open '/tmp/tmp.IbdkiA': Permission denied
or if you are in a locked-down environment, it’s possible that Docker bind mounts won’t work.
Try using the
-workspace volume flag (see
src batch apply for a list of all flags) to make
src use Docker volumes instead:
src batch apply -workspace volume -f my-spec.yaml # or: src batch preview -workspace volume -f my-spec.yaml
If you’re using SELinux then neither workspace is fully supported. See this issue for more details.
Do you have the right credentials?
When publishing changesets fails, make sure that you have configured credentials with all of the required scopes and from an account with write access to the changeset’s repository on the code host.