GSoC 2018 report: Cuirass Web interface

For the last three months I have been working with the Guix team as a Google Summer of Code intern. The title of my project is "GNU Guix (Cuirass): Adding a web interface similar to the Hydra web interface".

Cuirass is a continuous integration system which monitors the Guix git repository, schedules builds of Guix packages, and presents the build status of all Guix packages. Before my project, Cuirass did not have a web interface. The goal of the project was to implement an interface for Cuirass which would allow a user to view the overall build progress, details about evaluations, build failures, etc. The web interface of Hydra is a good example of such a tool.

In this post, I present a final report on the project. The Cuirass repository with the changes made during the project is located at http://git.savannah.gnu.org/cgit/guix/guix-cuirass.git. A working instance of the implemented interface is available at https://berlin.guixsd.org/. You can find more examples and demonstrations of the achieved results below.

About Cuirass

Cuirass is designed to monitor a git repository containing Guix package definitions and build binaries from these package definitions. The state of planned builds is stored in a SQLite database. The key concepts of the Cuirass internal state are:

Besides the core which executes build actions and records their results in the database, Cuirass includes a web server which previously only responded to a handful of API requests with JSON containing information about the current status of builds.

Web interface

The Cuirass web interface implemented during the project is served by the Cuirass web server whose functionality has been extended to generating HTML responses and serving static files. General features of the interface are listed below.

Structure

Let's review the structure of the interface and take a look at the information you can find in it. Note that the web-interface screenshots presented below were obtained with synthetic data loaded into Cuirass database.

Main page

The main page is accessible on the root request endpoint (/). The main page displays a list of all the specifications stored in the Cuirass database. Each entry of the list is a clickable link which leads to a page about the evaluations of the corresponding specification (see below).

Here is an example view of the main page.

Main page screenshot

Evaluations list

The evaluations list of a given specification with name <name> is located at /jobset/<name>/. On this page, you can see a list of evaluations of the given project starting from the most recent ones. You can navigate to older evaluations using the pagination buttons at the bottom of the page. In the table, you can find the following information:

Here is a possible view of the evaluations list page:

Screenshoot of evaluations list

Builds list

The builds list of a evaluation with ID <id> is located at /eval/<id>/. On this page, you can see a list of builds of the given evaluation ordered by their stop time starting from the most recent one. Similarly to the evaluation list, there are pagination buttons located at the bottom of the page. For each build in the list, there is information about the build status (succeeded, failed, or scheduled), stop time, nixname (name of the derivation), system, and also a link to the corresponding build log. As said above, it is possible to filter builds with a certain status by clicking on the status link in the evaluations list.

Screenshot of builds list

Summary

Cuirass now has the web interface which makes it possible for users to get an overview on the status of Guix package builds in a user-friendly way. As the result of my GSoC internship, the core of the web interface was developed. Now there are several possibilities for future improvements and I would like to welcome everyone to contribute.

It was a pleasure for me to work with the Guix team. I would like to thank you all for this great experience! Special thanks to my GSoC mentors: Ricardo Wurmus, Ludovic Courtès, and Gábor Boskovits, and also to Clément Lassieur and Danny Milosavljevic for their guidance and help throughout the project.

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