Setting up Your Jenkins Projects

Table of Contents

1 Adding Git Credentials

  • While in your folder.
  • Select "Credentials" in the right hand sidebar.
  • Select "Global credentials (unrestricted)" Note: these credentials are only available to projects in your folder.
    • generate ssh-keys.
    • Add credentials.
    • kind: "SSH username with private key"
    • username: your github user name.
    • Private key: Enter directly and then copy/paste a key. Make sure the public part of the key is on your GitHub account.
    • Passphrase: your passphrase.
    • Description:

2 Create New Project

  • select your folder.
  • Select "New Item".
  • Create Freestyle project
    • Project name.
    • Select: "Restrict where this project can be run" - use the node name sent to you e.g. tiger_netid. Note: there should be no white space after the node name.
    • Source Code Management:
      • select git
        • Repository:
        • Credentials: select from the list.
    • Build trigger: Select Poll SCM and enter something like H/15 * * * * to poll every 15 min.
    • Build examples:
      • Execute shell on the head node: compile:
        module load intel/16.0
        module load intel-mpi/intel
        icc -o hello hello.c

        execute simple command

        ./hello > tmp
        cat << EOF > good.txt
              Hello world!!
        diff tmp good.txt

        Use slurm for longer tests:

        cd /home/luet/hello
        salloc -N1 -n1 --time=1 ./
    • Post-build Actions: e-mail notifications:
      • Add the list of emails: e.g.
      • Triggers: You can specify to always send the e-mails.

3 GitHub Pull-Request Trigger

3.1 Modifications to your GitHub Repo

  • Add buildbot-princeton as a collaborator to your repo. It needs to be able to clone the repo and add comments on the Pull-request. Giving it write permissions will achieve that.
  • Create a WebHook:

3.2 Modifications To Your Jenkins's Job Config

When configuring your job:

  • Select GitHub project, enter the project url
  • In Source code management, select Git and enter the Repository URL e.g.
  • Pick your credential.
  • Branches to build, type: ${sha1}
    • click the Advanced button and in the Refspec box enter:
  • Repository browser: githuweb
  • Build Triggers
    • Select GitHub Pull Request Builder
    • Select Use github hooks for build triggering
    • You can list GitHub names in white list.

3.3 What Happens When Someone Opens A Pull-Request

  • If the developer is whitelisted, the test is run automatically. The status of the Jenkins test is shown on the GitHub Pull-Request page.
  • If the developer is not whitelisted, Jenkins comments on the GitHub Pull-Request page: "Can one of the admins verify this patch?". The three options are:
    • "ok to test" to accept this pull request for testing
    • "test this please" for a one time test run
    • "add to whitelist" to add the author to the whitelist

If the build fails for other various reasons you can rebuild with "retest this please" to start a new build.

See GitHub pull request builder plugin for more details.