Chuan Chuan Law

DevOps | Software Automation | Continuous Integration

Category: Jenkins

Jenkins – How To Disable Jobs

How To Disable One Jenkins Job

  • Get breadcrumb

curl -u “<user>:<password>“ ‘https://<jenkins_url>/crumbIssuer/api/xml?xpath=concat(//crumbRequestField,”:”,//crumb)’


  • curl -I -X POST https://<jenkins_url>/<job_path>/disable –user <user>:<password> -H “<jenkins bread crumb>”

How To Disable Jenkins jobs Under A Folder

  • Via Jenkins script


  • Enter the following in the script and execute it

folderName=”Build/APP/test” //full name of the folder you want to disable all jobs in


.each {


      println(“Disabled job: [$it.fullName]”)



Note: Look for file structure in server, ignore the “jobs” path in URL

Jenkinsfile – Build & Publish Docker In Docker

The Jenkinsfile below shows how build and publish a  Docker image to Docker registry on a Dockerized Jenkins node:

//Running on Docker node



checkout([$class: ‘GitSCM’, branches: [[name: “${git_branch}”]], doGenerateSubmoduleConfigurations: false, extensions: [], submoduleCfg: [], userRemoteConfigs:     [[credentialsId: ‘abc’, url: GIT_URL]]])

stage(‘docker build, tag & push’){

//credentials for Docker registry

withCredentials([usernamePassword(credentialsId: ‘dockerpush’, passwordVariable: ‘pass’, usernameVariable: ‘user’)]) {


//Build the Docker image

//Tag the image

sh ‘docker tag “${docker_source_image_tag}” “${docker_target_image_tag}”‘

docker.withRegistry(‘’, ‘dockerpush’) {

//Log into the Docker registry

sh “docker login -u ${user} -p ${pass}”

//Push the image





How To Write Jenkinsfile

Jenkinsfile is another great feature from Jenkins2.

Below is an example of a Jenkinsfile:



   //Parameters of a Jenkins build  
text(defaultValue: ”, description: ‘URL’, name: ‘ARTIFACT’),
choice(choices: ‘qa’, description: ‘Deploy_Env’, name: ‘DEPLOY_ENV’),
string(defaultValue: ‘master’ , description: ‘ Branch’,name:’BRANCH’)

//Which node the job should run on


//Delete directory before job starts


//Git checkout certain branch using defined Git credentials

checkout([$class: ‘GitSCM’, branches: [[name: “${branch}”]], doGenerateSubmoduleConfigurations: false, extensions: [], submoduleCfg: [], userRemoteConfigs: [[credentialsId: ‘abc’, url: GIT_URL]]])

//Name of which stage of task that is running

//Credentials with secret file configured in Jenkins

withCredentials([file(credentialsId: ‘PASS’, variable: ‘FILE’)]) {

//Execute shell script

sh ‘ansible-galaxy install -r requirements.yml –force’

//Ansible command

playbook: ‘deploy.yml’,
inventory: ‘inventory/qa.inventory’,
artifact_url: “${ARTIFACT}”,
extras: ‘–diff –vault-password-file ${FILE} –tags ${ACTION}’,
colorized: true




Enter Jenkinsfile into Jenkins2 as below:

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References on Jenkinsfile

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Jenkins – Making Data Persistent In Docker Slave

As in Jenkins Docker Slave, every time a job runs, a new Docker container is started and terminated upon job completion. This will mean it will download all the dependencies every time. To avoid this, we will use the Volume function in Docker.

As we are using the Docker Plugin, there is a field to do this – Volumes.

Docker Jenkins plugin


In the example above, we map path /var/lib/jenkins/tools on the Slave machine to path /home/jenkins/tools in Docker container, and /home/jenkins/.m2 on Slave machine to /home/jenkins/.m2 on Docker container. We can specify the mode of Read/Write, Read-Only, etc, by default is Read/Write.

Therefore, all Jenkins tools and Maven dependencies will be stored on the host or Slave Machine every time Docker container runs and will not need to be downloaded upon next Docker container starts. So build time will be saved.


How To Set Up Jenkins 2.0 Master & Slaves On Docker

Jenkins 2.0 Master In Docker

We can just use the Jenkins Docker official image, or you can just install Jenkins 2.0 normally.

 Jenkins Slave In Docker


  • Install Docker
  • Open up TCP port by adding the following in /etc/default/docker
    DOCKER_OPTS="-H tcp:// -H unix:///var/run/docker.sock"
  • On Jenkins Master, install Docker Plugin on Master->Manage Jenkins->Manage Plugins
  • On Master->Manage Jenkins->Cloud configure the communication with Jenkins slave node
  • Docker URL is the IP of the Slave machine in TCP
  • Click on Test Connection, if successful will show the Docker version and Docker API versionDocker Plugin


  • Have Docker Jenkins Slave images in the slave box
  • On Master->Manage Jenkins->Manage Plugins->Cloud->Add Docker Template
  • The SSH credentials to access the Docker Jenkins Slave container is the Jenkins user setup in Dockerfile and Jenkins MasterScreen Shot 2017-03-27 at 4.29.05 PM
Docker Slave Image

There are some Docker images that you can use like Docker Slave image , or you can write your own Dockerfile.

Docker image contains a minimum of:

  • Ubuntu
  • Java
  • Jenkins user and password
  • Git
  • OpenSSH for Jenkins Master to SSH to Slave machine
  • Maven, Ruby, etc depends on what your project needs
  • Version managers like NPM or RVM cannot be installed in Docker due to we cannot “source” files like .bashrc

It is a sshd service running on port 22, therefore in the Dockerfile, you will need:


CMD [“/usr/sbin/sshd”, “-D”]

  • We restrict Jenkins jobs to run based on the label we give in Docker template
  • When job runs, Jenkins Master will spin up the Docker image on the Slave machine
  • When job completes, the Docker image will be terminated
  • Therefore, we can have multiple Docker images for different types of jobs, Ruby, Maven, NodeJS on a single Slave machine

Getting Your Tests Into CI – Jenkins

Test automation is not complete without CI –  getting it running automatically on a build box. I will show how to get a Selenium test suite running on Jenkins which I have been using personally.

I will assume you have already got Jenkins installed:

1. Click on New Item. Give the item a name and select Freestyle project and you will get to the Configure page



2.  Give a Project name



3. Under Source Code Management enter the URL of your code repository. I checkout out the code from Git in the example below.



4. Under Build Triggers, enter the schedule when you like your build to be run, using cron job syntax. The example means the build will run every Monday to Friday on 8.15am.



5. Under Build Environment, check on “Delete work space before build starts” (optional but always safe to do so)



6. Under Build, select the mechanism that you will use to invoke your test. In my case, I use Gradle. (you will need to install this on Jenkins prior under Configure). In the example below, firstly I build the test, then I run the task “cucumber” which will kick off the test. Remember to specify the Root Build script which is the root directory.



7. Finally, in Post-build Actions, specify how you would the result of the build to communicated. In the example below, I use “Publish cucumber results as a report” plugin and Slack Notifications.



8. Click Save and your Jenkins build is ready!

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