Yum Repository Poller

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    Yum Repository Poller

    Note: This plugin is available for GoCD servers running on Linux nodes having repoquery installed (part of the yum-utils package, Ubuntu, CentOS)


    The Yum repository poller is a package material plugin capable of polling yum repositories for rpm packages. Prior to GoCD 23.1.0 the plugin came bundled with GoCD, however can now be downloaded for installation at GitHub.

    GoCD server interacts with this plugin via package material plugin interfaces. The plugin makes use of a command similar to the following to poll the server. So it does not depend on the files that yum depends on e.g. files under /etc/yum.repos.d

    repoquery --repofrompath=uuid,$REPO_URL --repoid=uuid -q $PACKAGE_SPEC -qf "%{LOCATION}..."

    A given instance of polling is considered successful if repoquery returns a single package as output.

    Repository definition

    Repo URL must be a valid http, https or file URL. This plugin looks for the presence of $REPO_URL/repodata/[repomd.xml] to ascertain validity. Basic authentication (user:password@domain/path) is supported for http and https repositories.

    Package definition

    In case of this plugin, the package definition is completely determined by the package spec. The package spec may be in any of the following formats. Please refer to the repoquery man page for details.


    Shell glob patterns may also be used. For example, say we have a component under development getting ready for release of version 1.2.0. We cut a branch for the release and bump up the version on trunk/master to 1.3.0. Thus, a package generated by trunk/master may look like mycomp-1.3.0-b72349-noarch.rpm while that generated by branch may look like mycomp-1.2.0-b72344-noarch.rpm. Now if we have a deployment pipeline that is only interested in 1.2 series packages, the package spec needs to be mycomp-1.2.* rather than just mycomp.

    Package Metadata

    The following rpm metadata is accessed by the plugin

    1. BuildTime (required, automatically set by rpmbuild) - Used by the plugin to validate if the package is newer than what was last seen by GoCD. GoCD displays this field as Modified On.
    2. Packager - GoCD displays this field as Modified By. If not provided, it is shown as anonymous
    3. URL - Displayed as a Trackback URL by GoCD. Use this as a means to trace back to the job that published the package (within GoCD or outside) to the yum repository.
    4. BuildHost - Displayed by GoCD as Comment: Built on $BUILDHOST

    Published Environment Variables

    The following information is made available as environment variables for tasks:


    Individual plugins may provide additional info via additional environment variables.

    Downloading RPMs

    Let’s say we set up a repository named ORA pointing to https://public-yum.oracle.com/repo/OracleLinux/OL6/latest/x86_64/ and define a package gcc with a spec of gcc-4.* and set it up as material for a pipeline. To download the package locally on the agent, we could write a task like this:

    [go] Start to execute task: <exec command="/bin/bash" >
    <arg>curl -o /tmp/gcc.rpm $GO_PACKAGE_ORA_GCC_LOCATION</arg>

    When the task executes on the agent, the environment variables get subsituted as below:

    [go] Start to execute task: <exec command="/bin/bash" >
    <arg>curl -o /tmp/$GO_PACKAGE_ORA_GCC_LABEL.rpm $GO_PACKAGE_ORA_GCC_LOCATION</arg>
    [go] setting environment variable 'GO_PACKAGE_ORA_GCC_LABEL' to value 'gcc-4.4.7-3.el6.x86_64'
    [go] setting environment variable 'GO_REPO_ORA_GCC_REPO_URL' to value 'https://public-yum.oracle.com/repo/OracleLinux/OL6/latest/x86_64'
    [go] setting environment variable 'GO_PACKAGE_ORA_GCC_PACKAGE_SPEC' to value 'gcc-4.*'
    [go] setting environment variable 'GO_PACKAGE_ORA_GCC_LOCATION' to value 'https://public-yum.oracle.com/repo/OracleLinux/OL6/latest/x86_64/getPackage/gcc-4.4.7-3.el6.x86_64.rpm'

    Or, to simply pass it as an argument to a deploy script on a remote server

    <exec command="/bin/bash">
        <arg>ssh server "cd /to/dest/dir;deploy.sh $GO_PACKAGE_ORA_GCC_LOCATION"</arg>

    Installing RPMs

    For self contained packages (no external dependencies other than what is already installed on the target node), it is just enough to do:

    rpm -U /path/to/downloaded/pkg.rpm

    On the other hand, if the package isn’t self-contained, we’d run:

    yum install $GO_PACKAGE_ORA_GCC_LABEL

    This would require that /etc/yum.repos.d contain the repository definitions.

    Creating and Publishing RPMs

    Although the support for package as material in GoCD isn’t concerned with how the packages are created and published, here is a short set of pointers to information on the web.


    1. This plugin will detect at max one package revision per minute (the default interval at which GoCD materials poll). If multiple versions of a package get published to a repo in the time interval between two polls, GoCD will only register the latest version in that interval.
    2. This plugin makes use of buildtime in rpm metadata to determine if a poll has returned a new result. If for some reason (e.g. timezone misconfiguration), the buildtime of pkg-1.1 is less than that of pkg-1.0, then the plugin will not register pkg-1.1 as a newer package.
    3. The only way to update an rpm is to change the version or release. Republishing a different file with the same name and different buildtime won’t do.
    4. Package groups are not supported.