Analyze builds

The Builds tab lists all of the builds that ran as part of a pipeline run. The following section describes how to use the build log and build failure classification to pinpoint the source of build failures.

Build details

Each build in the Pipelines > Builds tab is the result of a specific pipeline step. For each build you can see the build's status, number, and duration, the build run history , the percentage of failed tests in this build that are being handled , and so on.

Each build includes a link to the build log (also known as console log) on the CI server. If you are working with a Jenkins server, expand the build's row to see the build log link. This is a local copy of the build log, in which you can add rules that map specific log messages to build failure classifications. For details, see Create rules to classify build failures automatically.

If configured, a custom report link to a build report stored externally is also available. For details on configuring custom build report links, see Label and configure pipeline steps.

Set the Who's on it? field to assign someone to investigate a failed build, as described in the section Assign someone to investigate failures. This is useful in case the build failed for reasons that are not related to a specific test. For example, the environment may need attention, or the build may have failed during compilation. For details, see Build failure classification below.

You can navigate between runs to help troubleshoot problems, using the Run selector in the upper right corner. Note that the Overview tab will always show the latest run.

Tip: Some builds might not be included.

You can configure hiding builds failures resulting from specific pipeline steps. For details, see Configure steps: Ignore or hide results of specific steps.

To check whether a step's builds are hidden, look at the step in the pipeline's Topology tab:

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Build failure classification

A build failure classification label on a failed build indicates the type of issue that caused the failure. For example, Test code issue, Code issue, and Environment issues.

Use the build failure classification to determine who needs to handle the pipeline run failures and what issues need to be addressed.

You can classify builds manually to document the result of an investigation. For Jenkins builds, you can create rules that enable ALM Octane to automatically classify your builds based on the build logs. For details, see Create rules to classify build failures automatically.

The build failure classification is also presented at the pipeline run level. You can see the number of failed builds in this pipeline run, broken down by type of failure.

To view only build failures with a specific build failure classification, add a cross-filter using the CI build. Build fail classification field:

To understand what are the most common reasons for your build failures over time, add the Pipeline build failure classifications over time widget to your pipeline's dashboard. Hover over a specific run to see its classification details. Use this widget to determine whether your network or database is causing a lot of problems, tests are changing too often, code errors are being introduced and so on.

Tip: By default, this widget is set to show builds from the past week and to hide Unclassified builds if there are any classified builds.

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Classify build failures manually

After you investigate a build failure and know what caused it, use the Build Failure Classification button to label the failed build. This helps you share the results of your investigation and keep track of them for future analysis.

To add, replace, or clear the classification label:

  1. In a pipeline run, open the Builds tab.

  2. Select one or more failed builds.

  3. Click the Build Failure Classification toolbar button.

    Add new classification labels to the list.

  4. Select a classification label from the drop-down list.

    If the build was previously classified automatically, your manual classification overrides the automatic one.

Tip: To clear the classification label, click Clear

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Create rules to classify build failures automatically

For Jenkins builds, you can create rules that enable ALM Octane to automatically classify your builds based on Jenkins build logs.

Open a build log file and create rules that map log messages to the failures they indicate:

  1. In a pipeline run, open the Builds tab.
  2. Expand a build and click build log.
  3. In the build log, select a log message to classify.
  4. Click + to add a rule.

  5. Give the rule a meaningful name, such as Illegal Number.

  6. The Rule pattern contains the text from the selected log line.

    Modify the Rule pattern to identify the log lines you want to map to a specific build failure classification.

    Replace parts of the text with wildcards (*) and add a \ before special characters.

    Example: *illegal number*

    As you edit the pattern, the matching text in the Selected log line area is highlighted. You can only save a rule if your pattern highlights the entire line.

  7. Select a classification to assign to log lines that match the pattern.

    Example: Environment - Other

    Tip: Admins can add classification labels to the list using the manual Build Failure Classification button.

  8. Click OK.

    The classification you specified is assigned to:

    • The selected log line in the build log file

    • All log lines that match the rule in future failed build logs.

      If a line matches more than one rule, it is classified by the most recently updated rule.

    All future failed builds are automatically labeled with the first classification mapped in their log.

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Edit or delete classification rules

When you open a Jenkins build log on ALM Octane, you can see any classification labels that were applied by existing rules. If you are the author of the rule, you can modify or delete it.

You can see and modify all of the build failure classification rules in the ALM Octane settings area. For details, see Manage all build failure classification rules.

To view and change rules in a build log file:

  1. In a pipeline run, open the Builds tab.

  2. Expand a build and click Build log.

  3. In the build log, hover over a specific line's classification label to see whose rule assigned that label.

  4. If you are the author of the rule, click Delete Rule or Edit Rule to make changes to the rule. Otherwise, click the author to send him or her an email about modifying their rule.

    Edit the rule's details as described in Create rules to classify build failures automatically.

What happens when I change a rule that is in use?

If you change a rule's classification, any log line already assigned by this rule is labeled with the new classification.

This affects log files from previous builds, but does not affect the classification of any existing builds. The change in the rule affects the classification of future builds only.

What happens when I delete a rule that is in use?

If you delete a rule that has already assigned a classification to a build log line, the classification is removed from all log files, but remains on any builds is was assigned to.

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