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From Andres de la Peña (Jira) <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (CASSANDRA-16882) Save CircleCI resources with optional test jobs
Date Tue, 28 Sep 2021 09:34:00 GMT


Andres de la Peña commented on CASSANDRA-16882:

{quote}I was referring to the _root_ {{start_j8_build}} [here|] i.e.
But it's a nit.
I see. Unfortunately we can't directly connect the root {{start_j8_build}} to the leaf tests
in an efficient way, we need the intermediate {{j8_build}} job to build the artifacts that
will be reused by the the leaf test jobs. But it probably makes sense to rename the {{start_jx_build}}
tasks to [{{start_jx_tests}}|]
or, probably better, [{{start_pre-commit_tests}}|].

is the set of workflows generated by every commit with the last changes.

> Save CircleCI resources with optional test jobs
> -----------------------------------------------
>                 Key: CASSANDRA-16882
>                 URL:
>             Project: Cassandra
>          Issue Type: Task
>          Components: CI
>            Reporter: Andres de la Peña
>            Assignee: Andres de la Peña
>            Priority: Normal
> This ticket implements the addition of approval steps in the CircleCI workflows as it
was proposed in [this email|]
sent to the dev list:
> The current CircleCI configuration automatically runs the unit tests, JVM dtests and
cqhshlib tests. This is done by default for every commit or, with some configuration, for
every push.
> Along the lifecycle of a ticket it is quite frequent to have multiple commits and pushes,
all running these test jobs. I'd say that frequently it is not necessary to run the tests
for some of those intermediate commits and pushes. For example, one can show proofs of concept,
or have multiple rounds of review before actually running the tests. Running the tests for
every change can produce an unnecessary expense of CircleCI resources.
> I think we could make running those tests optional, as well as clearly specifying in
the documentation what are the tests runs that are mandatory before actually committing. We
could do this in different ways:
>  # Make the entire CircleCI workflow optional, so the build job requires
>  manual approval. Once the build is approved the mandatory test jobs would
>  be run without any further approval, exactly as it's currently done.
>  # Make all the test jobs optional, so every test job requires manual approval, and
the documentation specifies which tests are mandatory in the final steps of a ticket.
>  # Make all the mandatory test jobs depend on a single optional job, so we have a single
button to optionally run all the mandatory tests.
> I think any of these changes, or a combination of them, would significantly
>  reduce the usage of resources without making things less tested. The only
>  downside I can think of is that we would need some additional clicks on the
>  CircleCI GUI.

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