Ansible Integration

Zuul contains Ansible modules and plugins to control the execution of Ansible Job content.

Zuul provides realtime build log streaming to end users so that users can watch long-running jobs in progress.

Streaming job output

All jobs run with the zuul.ansible.base.callback.zuul_stream callback plugin enabled, which writes the build log to a file so that the zuul.lib.log_streamer.LogStreamer can provide the data on demand over the finger protocol. Finally, zuul.web.LogStreamHandler exposes that log stream over a websocket connection as part of zuul.web.ZuulWeb.

class zuul.ansible.base.callback.zuul_stream.CallbackModule

This is the Zuul streaming callback. It’s based on the default callback plugin, but streams results from shell commands.

class zuul.lib.log_streamer.LogStreamer(host, port, jobdir_root)

Class implementing log streaming over the finger daemon port.

class zuul.web.LogStreamHandler(*args, **kw)
class zuul.web.ZuulWeb(config, connections, authenticators, info=None)

In addition to real-time streaming, Zuul also installs another callback module, zuul.ansible.base.callback.zuul_json.CallbackModule that collects all of the information about a given run into a json file which is written to the work dir so that it can be published along with build logs.

class zuul.ansible.base.callback.zuul_json.CallbackModule(display=None)

Since the streaming log is by necessity a single text stream, choices have to be made for readability about what data is shown and what is not shown. The json log file is intended to allow for a richer more interactive set of data to be displayed to the user.

Capturing live command output

As jobs may execute long-running shell scripts or other commands, additional effort is expended to stream stdout and stderr of shell tasks as they happen rather than waiting for the command to finish.

The global job configuration should run the zuul_console task as a very early prerequisite step.

This will start a daemon that listens on TCP port 19885 on the testing node. This daemon can be queried to stream back the output of shell tasks as described below.

Zuul contains a modified version of Ansible’s Ansible command module module that overrides the default implementation.

This library will capture the output of the running command and write it to a temporary file on the host the command is running on. These files are named in the format /tmp/console-<uuid>-<task_id>-<host>.log

The zuul_stream callback mentioned above will send a request to the remote zuul_console daemon, providing the uuid and task id of the task it is currently processing. The zuul_console daemon will then read the logfile from disk and stream the data back as it appears, which zuul_stream will then present as described above.

The zuul_stream callback will indicate to the zuul_console daemon when it has finished reading the task, which prompts the remote side to remove the temporary streaming output files. In some cases, aborting the Ansible process may not give the zuul_stream callback the chance to send this notice, leaking the temporary files. If nodes are ephemeral this makes little difference, but these files may be visible on static nodes.