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Event response tool for multiple gerrit instances

Project description

Zoidberg is a generic tool for easily running custom actions based on gerrit events. Initially created to sync branches and reviews between two master gerrits, where the code needed to be shared but access had to be separate.

With zoidberg, you could…

  • Notify an irc channel on an incoming review
  • Sync merged code to a third party git repo
  • …respond to any gerrit event with anything you can implement in Python!

Setup and configuration

First, install the code:

$> python setup.py install

Now create a configuration file with the details of your gerrit servers, the events you want to respond to, and the actions to carry out when those events happen.

The configuration file is in yaml format, so go ahead and create an empty zoidberg.yaml, and we’ll start putting in some details.

Configure gerrit instances

You’ll need to tell zoidberg the details of the gerrits you’re dealing with. Zoidberg uses ssh to stream events from gerrit, so you’ll need an ssh key registered with your gerrit instance.

Here’s how you configure a gerrit instance to connect to:

- gerrits:
  - master:
      host: master-gerrit.yourdomain.com
      key_filename: /path/to/your/ssh_key
      username: your_username
      project-pattern: .*

project-pattern is a regular expression that you can use to limit the projects you’re interested in. Events received for projects that do not match this expression will be ignored.

You can configure multiple gerrit instances like this:

- gerrits:
  - master:
      host: master-gerrit.yourdomain.com
      key_filename: /path/to/your/ssh_key
      username: your_username
      project-pattern: .*
  - third-party:
      host: gerrit.someone-else.com
      key_filename: /path/to/your/third_party_ssh_key
      username: your_username
      project-pattern: .*

Now when zoidberg starts up, it will connect to both gerrits and start listening for events.

Configure actions

When an event comes in that you’re interested in, you will want to respond with an action.

Example: when a comment is posted on a review on the master gerrit, we want it to be cross posted to the review for the same change on the third-party gerrit.

Configuration:

- gerrits:
  - master:
      host: master-gerrit.yourdomain.com
      key_filename: /path/to/your/ssh_key
      username: your_username
      project-pattern: .*
      events:
      - type: comment-added
        action: zoidberg.PropagateComment
        target: third-party
  - third-party:
      host: gerrit.someone-else.com
      key_filename: /path/to/your/third_party_ssh_key
      username: your_username
      project-pattern: .*

This will run the PropagateComment action with the third-party gerrit as its target.

Zoidberg bundles some useful actions for you in zoidberg/actions.py

[TODO: developer guide for creating actions]

Configure startup tasks

If you’re keeping code in sync from a master gerrit to a third-party, you’ll probably want to make sure everything is in sync when you start up.

In zoidberg, actions can define a run method, which is used to respond to events, and/or a startup method which is used when zoidberg starts up. The bundled SyncBranch action implements both and here’s how you’d configure it to keep a third-party gerry in sync with your master:

- gerrits:
  - master:
      host: master-gerrit.yourdomain.com
      key_filename: /path/to/your/ssh_key
      username: your_username
      project-pattern: ^stuff$
      events:
      - type: ref-updated
        action: zoidberg.SyncBranch
        branch-pattern: ^master$
        target: third-party
      startup:
      - action: zoidberg.SyncBranch
        target: third-party
        projects: [stuff]
        branches: [master]
  - third-party:
      host: gerrit.someone-else.com
      key_filename: /path/to/your/third_party_ssh_key
      username: your_username
      project-pattern: .*

Here we’re only interested in the stuff project on the master, and when the master starts up we want to sync the master branch on the stuff project over to the third-party gerrit.

The startup task configuration block is passed in to the action, so any arguments extra to the required action and target (in this case, projects and branches) will be accessible to the action.

Run zoidberg

$> zoidbergd -c /path/to/zoidberg.yaml

To run in debug mode and see a whole bunch of output:

$> zoidbergd -c /path/to/zoidberg.yaml -v

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