How do you debug Jenkins pipelines?

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Yeikel

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Apr 9, 2020, 2:21:41 PM4/9/20
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Besides running the pipeline in a Jenkins instance, is there any other way to validate Jenkins pipelines? I  sometimes see myself running a long pipeline after a refactor to see a runtime exception (like invalid methods)

I imagine that setting breakpoints is wishful thinking, but is it possible?

Thanks!

ch.fetzer

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Apr 9, 2020, 2:48:54 PM4/9/20
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In jenkinsfile editor of eclipse I noticed some function to give a jenkinsfile to Jenkins for validation but I did not get this working up to now. 

My method to make it work is tracing currently. 

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Besides running the pipeline in a Jenkins instance, is there any other way to validate Jenkins pipelines? I  sometimes see myself running a long pipeline after a refactor to see a runtime exception (like invalid methods)

I imagine that setting breakpoints is wishful thinking, but is it possible?

Thanks!

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Yeikel

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Apr 9, 2020, 2:55:10 PM4/9/20
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What do you mean with "tracing" ? Running it on an instance?

Christoph Fetzer

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Apr 20, 2020, 7:37:09 AM4/20/20
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Sorry for the delay, I've been on vacation.
With tracing I understood adding output to the code that helps you understanding what happens e.g. variable content,....
For sure that's not the most efficient way and in case your pipeline runs for a time it might get boring....

Am Donnerstag, 9. April 2020 20:55:10 UTC+2 schrieb Yeikel:
What do you mean with "tracing" ? Running it on an instance?

On Thu, Apr 9, 2020, 2:48 PM ch.fetzer <ch.f...@gmx.net> wrote:
In jenkinsfile editor of eclipse I noticed some function to give a jenkinsfile to Jenkins for validation but I did not get this working up to now. 

My method to make it work is tracing currently. 

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Besides running the pipeline in a Jenkins instance, is there any other way to validate Jenkins pipelines? I  sometimes see myself running a long pipeline after a refactor to see a runtime exception (like invalid methods)

I imagine that setting breakpoints is wishful thinking, but is it possible?

Thanks!

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Jérôme Godbout

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Apr 20, 2020, 9:24:50 AM4/20/20
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I have a test project pipeline where I copy my code and test it there, only the part I want to test, avoid the long checkout, I copy the source into the workspace directly. The painfull part is testing with interaction with external server (that actually deploy, AppCenter, Azure, Amazone Cloud, Artifactory…). I need to up a dummy server and test on it while testing my script code.

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Nick Stolwijk

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Apr 20, 2020, 10:24:09 AM4/20/20
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You can validate your Jenkinsfile by sending it to your Jenkinsserver[1]. There is also a VSCode plugin to send it. [2].


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Jan Monterrubio

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Apr 20, 2020, 11:26:58 AM4/20/20
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You want to be able to do something like this?

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Lee Meador

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Apr 20, 2020, 8:27:42 PM4/20/20
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Here's some links to stuff I found useful. It isn't easy to debug them. 
The addition of println statements here and there is old fashioned but does work however slowly. 
Using the way Jenkins lets you put a part of a script in a test job with the inline editor (when you have a pipeline job without a Jenkinsfile) can help you see how things work with a shorter turnaround. But it only helps sometimes.

https://jenkins.io/doc/book/pipeline/development/ 
 



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doug liu

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Feb 28, 2024, 5:37:39 PMFeb 28
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Exactly! Any guide on this? thanks!
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