Query the usage of third party repository rules

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Xiaoyi Shi

Aug 20, 2018, 6:11:47 AM8/20/18
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Hi all,

I've posted this question on SO for over a week, but so far there is no answer yet.  I'm forwarding it here to reach to a larger Bazel user group and hopefully, someone could point me some directions.

It has always been a pain in the ass to manage third party dependencies. In our monolith repo, there are over 70 third party repos introduced with repository rules (eg. go_repositorygit_repository, etc.)
Some repos are added as transitive dependencies. After upgrading some of the direct third party dependencies, some of the transitive dependencies became dangling links.
I've already tried the following:
$ bazel query 'somepath(//...,@REPO_NAME_IN_QUESTION//...)'
Which runs extremely slow, and I ended up with a quick grep in all build files -- as the repo rules are always started with "@".
I'm wondering if there is an easy way to query the dependency graph of all rules in external repositories.


Paul Johnston

Aug 27, 2018, 5:06:47 PM8/27/18
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I don't know a bazel query command to do what you are looking for in one shot, but `bazel query //external:*` is a handy trick to get all the external workspace names.  You could then write a shell script to do what you want, perhaps using genquery to be fancy.


Paul Johnston

Aug 27, 2018, 5:09:01 PM8/27/18
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Meaning that if you put the bazel query //external:* in a genquery, your shell script won't be re-run unless the list of external workspace names changes.  That way the slowness of somepath will be more tolerable as it will be cached.


Aug 28, 2018, 8:01:51 AM8/28/18
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You can also see if the query speeds up by using sky-query, i.e. `bazel query --keep_going --universe_scope=//... --order_output=no allrdeps(set(@repo//:all-targets @repo//...:all-targets))` But not sure if that would catch dependencies in .bzl files

Farid Zakaria

May 31, 2023, 6:02:08 PM5/31/23
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genquery isn't allowed * or all in the query itself.
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