Pipeline: Stage View

Pipeline Stage View Plugin

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Stage View: 

When you have complex build Pipelines, it is useful to be able to see the progress of each stage.  The Pipeline Stage View plugin includes an extended visualization of Pipeline build history on the index page of a flow project, under Stage View. (You can also click on Full Stage View to get a full-screen view.)

To take advantage of this view, you need to define stages in your flow. You can have as many stages as you like, in a linear sequence. (They may be inside other steps such as 'node' if that is convenient.) Give each a short name that will appear in the GUI.

node {
  stage ('Checkout') {
    svn 'https://svn.mycorp/trunk/'
    stage 'Build'
    sh 'make all'
    stage 'Test'
    sh 'make test'

When you run some builds, the stage view will appear with CheckoutBuild, and Test columns, and one row per build. When hovering over a stage cell you can click the Logs button to see log messages printed in that stage: after the preceding stage step and before the next one.

Other important events are also indicated with special buttons, either in a stage cell or for the build as a whole. If a build is waiting in an input step, you will be able to tell it to proceed (or not). Download can be used to obtain any artifacts archived by a build. 

Each row also records the build number, date it was started, and any changelog entries from a version control system. Progress bars also indicate how long each stage is taking and how long it might still be expected to take, based on historical averages.

Usage Notes/Limits:

  • Block-scoped stages (stages that take a closure, see below) may occur in parallels but are not displayed in parallel.

    stage('name'){ echo 'steps here' }
  • Dynamic stages: in general, if you want to visualize dynamically changing stages, make it conditional to execute the stage contents, not conditional to include the stage** Stage view can handle a limited subset of cases where you're appending additional stages, but the cell-based view is not matched to changing stage structures 

  • Configurable limits are provided for the REST API that drives stage view -- these may be overridden though (see below).

  • The pipeline stage view uses caching internally for performance: even if the first viewing is slow, following ones should be quite fast

Configurable Properties:

  • At runtime or startup, you may turn off Jenkins user lookup for changesets with property  com.cloudbees.workflow.rest.external.ChangeSetExt.resolveCommitAuthors

    • This is a workaround for rare cases where you are relying on an external security realm for user information and have performance issues with many calls:

    • In the script console this setting may be changed at runtime (with immediate impact):

    • To turn user lookup back on: 

  • Hardcoded API limits that may be overridden by setting the properties at startup (requires restarting Jenkins to see the change):

    • Characters in each step's log entry (default: 10240 or 10kB) - com.cloudbees.workflow.rest.external.FlowNodeLogExt.maxReturnChars
    • Runs displayed per job (default: 10) - com.cloudbees.workflow.rest.external.JobExt.maxRunsPerJob
    • Artifacts shown per run (default: 100) - com.cloudbees.workflow.rest.external.RunExt.maxArtifactsCount
    • Steps displayed per stage (default: 100) - com.cloudbees.workflow.rest.external.StageNodeExt.maxChildNodes - note: this may have a very large performance impact with complex builds.