Release Promotion Action¶
The release promotion action is how Releng triggers release promotion taskgraphs. The one action covers all release promotion needs: different flavors allow for us to trigger the different Release Promotion Phases for each product. The input schema and release promotion flavors are defined in the release promotion action.
The snowman model¶
The release promotion action allows us to chain multiple taskgraphs (aka graphs, aka task groups) together. Essentially, we’re using optimization logic to replace task labels in the current taskgraph with task IDs from the previous taskgraph(s).
This is the
snowman model. If you request the body of
the snowman and point at the base, we only create the middle section of the snowman.
If you request the body of the snowman and don’t point it at the base, we build the
first base and body of the snowman from scratch.
For example, let’s generate a task
t2 that depends on
t1. Let’s call our new taskgraph
G | t1 | t2
t2 will wait on task
t1 to finish, and downloads some artifacts from task
Now let’s specify task group
G2 as previous task group IDs. If task
t1 is in one of them,
t2 will depend on that task, rather than spawning a new
t1 in task group
G1 G2 G | | | t1 t1 | \______ | \| t2 or G1 G2 G | | | t1 t0 | \________________ | \| t2
For a more real-world example:
G | build | signing | l10n-repack | l10n-signing
If we point the
promote task group G at the on-push build task group
G1, the l10n-repack job will depend on the previously finished build and build-signing tasks:
G1 G | | build | | | signing | \_________| | l10n-repack | l10n-signing
We can also explicitly exclude certain tasks from being optimized out.
We currently do this by specifying
rebuild_kinds in the action; these
are kinds that we want to explicitly rebuild in the current task group,
even if they existed in previous task groups. We also allow for specifying a list of
do_not_optimize labels, which would be more verbose and specific than
specifying kinds to rebuild.
Release promotion action mechanics¶
There are a number of inputs defined in the release promotion action. Among these are the
previous_graph_ids, which is an ordered list of taskGroupIds of the task groups that we want to build our task group, off of. In the The snowman model, these define the already-built portions of the snowman.
The action downloads the
parameters.yml from the initial
previous_graph_id, which matches the decision- or action- taskId. (See taskid vs taskgroupid.) This is most likely the decision task of the revision to promote, which is generally the same revision the release promotion action is run against.
If the parameters have been changed since the build happened, and we explicitly want the new parameters for the release promotion action task, the first
previous_graph_id should be the new revision’s decision task. Then the build and other previous action task group IDs can follow, so we’re still replacing the task labels with the task IDs from the original revision.
The action then downloads the various
label-to-taskid.json artifacts from each previous task group, and builds an
existing_tasks parameter of which labels to replace with which task IDs. Each successive update to this dictionary overwrites existing keys with new task IDs, so the rightmost task group with a given label takes precedence. Any labels that match the
do_not_optimize list or that belong to tasks in the
rebuild_kinds list are excluded from the
Once all that happens, and we’ve gotten our configuration from the original parameters and our action config and inputs, we run the decision task function with our custom parameters. The optimization phase replaces any
existing_tasks with the task IDs we’ve built from the previous task groups.
Release Promotion Flavors¶
For the most part, release promotion flavors match the pattern
_rc suffix flavors, to deal with special RC behavior around rolling out updates using a different rate or channel.
We are planning on adding
_partners suffix flavors, to allow for creating partner repacks off-cycle.
The various flavors are defined in the release promotion action.
Triggering the release promotion action via Treeherder¶
Currently, we’re able to trigger this action via Treeherder; we sometimes use this method for testing purposes. This is powerful, because we can modify the inputs directly, but is less production friendly, because it requires us to enter the inputs manually. At some point we may disable the ability to trigger the action via Treeherder.
This requires being signed in with the right scopes. On Release Promotion Projects, there’s a dropdown in the top right of a given revision. Choose
Custom Push Action, then
Release Promotion. The inputs are specifiable as raw yaml on the left hand column.
Release promotion action taskId and taskGroupId¶
taskGroupId of a release promotion action task will be the same as the
taskId of the decision task.
taskGroupId of a release promotion task group will be the same as the
taskId of the release promotion action task.
for a given push, the decision taskId
Dwill create the taskGroupId
we create a release promotion action task with the taskId
Atask will be part of the
Dtask group, but will spawn a task group with the taskGroupId
Another way of looking at it:
If you’re looking at a task
t1in the action taskGroup,
t1’s taskGroupId is the action task’s taskId. (In the above example, this would be
Then if you look at the action task’s taskGroupId, that’s the original decision task’s taskId. (In the above example, this would be
Testing and developing the release promotion action¶
To test the release promotion, action, we can use
./mach taskgraph test-action-callback to debug.
The full command for a
promote_firefox test might look like:
./mach taskgraph test-action-callback \ --task-group-id LR-xH1ViTTi2jrI-N1Mf2A \ --input /src/gecko/params/promote_firefox.yml \ -p /src/gecko/params/maple-promote-firefox.yml \ release_promotion_action > ../promote.json
The input file (in the above example, that would be
/src/gecko/params/promote_firefox.yml), contains the action inputs. The input schema is defined in the release promotion action. Previous example inputs are embedded in previous promotion task group action task definitions (
parameters.yml file is downloadable from a previous decision or action task.