Main components

Code review system

Gerrit is one of the core components of Software Factory. It provides the Git repository hosting server, a code review mechanism, and a powerful ACL system. Within Software Factory Gerrit is tightly integrated with the issue tracker and the CI pipelines manager.

Some useful plugins are installed on Gerrit:

  • Reviewer-by-blame: Automatically adds code reviewers to submitted changes if they authored or modified files affected by the changes.
  • Replication: Allows the replication of Git repositories hosted on Software Factory on a remote location, for example Github.
  • Gravatar: Displays the gravatar picture associated with a contributor’s email.
  • Delete-project: Allow a privileged user to fully remove an useless Gerrit project.
  • Download-commands: Allows IDE integration

The following hooks are installed to update the issue tracker on specific events:

  • An issue referenced in the commit message of a new submission will be automatically set as “In progress” in the issue tracker.
  • An issue referenced by a submission will be closed when the patch gets merged into the main repository.

The following events will trigger actions on the CI pipelines:

  • A new patch being submitted, or modified
  • A “recheck” or “retrigger” message in the patch’s comments
  • A patch reaching the score needed to be candidate for merging (+2 Core, +1 Workflow, +1 Verified)
  • A patch being merged

See the pipelines manager section for more details.


Continuous Integration, Delivery, and Deployment system

Zuul(V3) <> is the service in charge of running tests and managing projects’s pipeline such as gate and post deployment:

  • Jobs are written in ansible and stored in repository
  • Secrets management system to manage deployment/publishing key
  • Simple multi-node jobs description

The service is pre-configured with five pipelines:

  • A check pipeline, used for preliminary tests on upcoming changes
  • A gate pipeline, used to make sure an approved change can be merged
  • A post pipeline, executing jobs right after a change has been merged
  • A release pipeline, executing jobs after a tag has been pushed on a repository
  • A periodic pipeline, building jobs at a regular interval, usually daily

When deployed locally, the service is configured with a few roles:

  • prepare-workspace: copy project with under review change
  • emit-ara-report: generate html logs of ansible play
  • validate-host: verify and log information about build host
  • upload-logs: upload job logs to a static webserver

A Zuul(V2) service is also available for migration purpose but its usage is deprecated.


Test instances managemer

Nodepool(V3) <> is the service in charge of creating tests environment. It supports 3 types of drivers to create instances:

  • Openstack cloud
  • OpenContainer (runC)
  • Static node

It is designed to handle the life cycle of work nodes (creation, provision, assignation and destruction).

A Nodepool(V2) service is also available for migration purpose but its usage is deprecated.

Issue tracker

Storyboard is a cross-project task tracker. StoryBoard lets you efficiently track your work across a large number of related projects. Flexible project grouping lets you group together the projects you’re interested in so you can find things quicky and easily.


Collaborative tools

Software Factory deploys a collection of tools that can ease sharing information within a team:

  • Etherpad where team members can edit text documents synchronously to collaborate. This is really handy for instance to brainstorm or design drafts together.
  • Lodgeit is a pastebin-like tool that helps sharing code snippets, error stack traces, anything text-based that does not need edition.
  • Mumble is a lightweight VoIP and chat software. Software Factory provides the server out of the box, users have to install the mumble client for their respective OSes.