We have a number of tasks that _only_ run on Betas, Releases, and ESRs. Because of this, these tasks are at high risk of failure when we uplift a new Gecko version to mozilla-beta. Many scriptworkers fall into this category, but certain verification jobs, like update verify, are also notably included.

When making changes to tasks like this staging releases are the most effective way to ensure that your changes are correct, and haven’t regressed anything.

Run staging releases

Permissions

To do a staging release, you need to be able to push to try, access to the Mozilla VPN, and have staging shipit read/write access.

See the production documentation for how to get Shipit and VPN access.

How-to

In order to prepare a smooth b1 and RC, staging releases should be run weekly or at least one week before RC week. In order for this to happen, we’re using staging releases submitted to try.

For central to beta migration

  • hop on central repository

  • make sure you’re up to date with the tip of the repo

  • mach try release --version <future-version.0b1> --migration central-to-beta --tasks release-sim

For beta to release migration

  • hop on beta repository

  • make sure you’re up to date with the tip of the repo

  • mach try release --version <future-version.0> --migration beta-to-release --tasks release-sim

These will create try pushes that look-alike the repos once they are merged. Once the decision tasks of the newly created CI graphs are green, staging releases can be created off of them via the shipit-staging instance. For how to create a release via Shipit, refer to the production documentation. The same applies to staging, just ensure you are using the staging instance (https://shipit.staging.mozilla-releng.net).

One caveat here is the list of partials that needs to be filled-in. :warning: The partials need to exist in Ship It dev, Balrog stage, as well as the _production_ archive.mozilla.org server. There’s a helper script in the braindump repository <https://hg.mozilla.org/build/braindump/file/tip/releases-related/just-give-me-partials.sh> that will help you find previous releases that meet this criteria.

Once the staging releases are being triggered, it’s highly recommended that at least a comment is being dropped to Sheriffs team (e.g. Aryx) to let them know these are happening in order to: * avoid stepping on each others toes as they may run staging releases as well * make sure we’re up-to-date to recent patches that they may be aware of

warning

Allow yourself enough time to wait for these staging releases to be completed. Since they are running in try, they have the lowest priority even on the staging workers so it usually takes longer for them to complete.

Staging scriptworkers

Reusing builds from a recent release

Outside of mergeduty, during development cycles, we often need to work around a single specific scriptworker, whether that entails changing the in-tree code or the *script itself. While triggering staging releases is a valid solution, it is often an expensive one as it generates an entire graph. In order to be more efficient, one can use the scriptworker selector which aims to run a selection of scriptworker tasks against builds from a recent release. There are a number of preset groups of tasks to run. The list is configured here and it get be extended for other tasks/products. To get the list of task sets, along with the list of tasks they will run:

mach try scriptworker list

The selector defaults to using tasks from the most recent beta.To use tasks from a different release, pass --release-type <release-type>:

mach try scriptworker --release-type release linux-signing

Override workertype

One can extend the aforementioned behavior by overriding the worker type to use. This is particularly useful for staging releases against the DEV scriptworker environment. Most of the workerType configs we have in-tree are configured as level-{1,3} for fake/production and level-1-dev for dev.

But the latter is not present in-tree by default so it needs to be amended. More information on this can be found in the scriptworker-scripts documentation. One can either manually change the intree kind’s config to that specific worker-type, or can simply pass an argument to aforementioned command to make the replacement, e.g. mach try scriptworker TASK-TYPE --release-type beta --worker-override <alias>=<suffix>, where TASK-TYPE is chosen from one of the mach try scriptworker list returns and alias comes from the taskcluster ci config file). For example, running the beetmover jobs against the most recent beta release, but on the DEV worker-type:

mach try scriptworker beetmover-candidates --release-type beta --worker-override beetmover=gecko-1-beetmover-dev