Taskotron Results Notifications

With Taskotron not sending comments to Bodhi anymore, there was no easy way to be notified about task results. This changed about a month ago when Taskotron started emitting fedmsgs so results started arriving to packagers. Last week, we fine-tuned notifications so packagers have more power over what result notifications they receive. Let’s have a look what are the defaults and what you can do to change them to suit your needs.

The default FMN Taskotron filter looks like this:taskotron-filter
What this means is that by default anytime depcheck or upgradepath tasks run on a package you have either commit ACLs on or the watchcommits flag, and the result (outcome) is either FAILED or has changed from the previous run, you get notified (on irc, email or both depending on how you set your FMN) about the result.

Let’s have a look at an example of a notification that maintainers of puppet got recently:

upgradepath FAILED for puppet-4.2.1-1.fc23 https://taskotron.fedoraproject.org/artifacts/all/d091d596-d9b6-11e5-b4e1-525400120b80/task_output/puppet-4.2.1-1.fc23.log

The notification is pretty straight-forward, saying that the package failed upgradepath task and contains a log with details.

If one wants to receive different set of notifications, there are two options: a) add/remove rules in the default Critical taskotron tasks on my packages filter, b) create a new filter. Let’s have a look at couple of filters that some might find useful.

Let’s say one is satisfied with the default filter but wants to receive notifications about rpmlint task in addition to release-critical tasks. This can be done by omitting Release-critical taskotron tasks rule, so the filter would look like this:

all-tasks-filter

Other use case could be that maintainer wants to receive notifications even when tasks pass. The following filter allows maintainers to receive notifications for any task with any outcome:

all-tasks-outcomes-filter

If there are any more use cases, the following set of rules is available to add to filters:

taskotron-rules

If you hit any issues or have any questions and/or suggestions, don’t hesitate to contact us either in #fedora-qa on Freenode IRC or on qa-devel mailing list. You can also file bugs or send RFE in our Phabricator instance.

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