Environment variables corrupted

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13 Jan, 2018 06:36 PM

On all my projects the environment variables seem to have been corrupted. They all show with the same name. As long as I make no changes to settings they seem OK but if I save anything they lose their value and my builds start to have problems.

eg https://ci.appveyor.com/project/scascarini/nakedobjectsframework-bt...

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Ilya Finkelshte... on 13 Jan, 2018 08:41 PM

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    I checked your build logs and I am not sure I fully understand the problem. I do not see you print all environment variables and examine those values. I see however you call Get-AzureSqlDatabaseImportExportStatus in the loop. and output of this command has a lot of places replaced with *****. If this is your concern, then this is expected behavior -- security measure preventing keeping secure variables in clear text.
    If your concern is different, then we need more specific information about what specific change broke environment variables and how you examine their values to see if they are broken.

  2. 2 Posted by scascarini on 15 Jan, 2018 09:01 AM

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    Thanks for looking - I hope this helps -

    To reproduce

    1. I created a new project - Test env


    1. I create two environment variables

    key1 value1
    key2 value2

    echo the values out run the build and I see the values echoed as expected

    echo %key1%
    echo %key2%

    1. I go back into the project setting and create a third environment variable

    key3 value3

    The two existing environment variables immediately change their name to
    "nuget_password" and pick up a value from another project.

    and if I run the build I get

    echo %key1%
    echo is off.
    echo %key2%
    echo is off.
    echo %key3%

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Ilya Finkelshte... on 15 Jan, 2018 05:46 PM

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    Can you please press share your build configuration in YAML format? You can do this with Export YAML menu.

  4. 4 Posted by scascarini on 15 Jan, 2018 07:54 PM

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    before after after yaml attached


  5. Support Staff 5 Posted by Ilya Finkelshte... on 15 Jan, 2018 08:14 PM

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    I see that you simple replaced all your environment variables with nuget_password so results are expected.

  6. 6 Posted by scascarini on 15 Jan, 2018 09:51 PM

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    I'm sorry you don't understand.

    1. I create the project with key1 value1 etc. The variables are as expected.

    2. I enter the project settings - the values in the form change themselves - without me doing anything! Yes the yaml has changed that's the point - but I have not changed it!

    Perhaps you could try the steps on a test project on my account and see for yourself ?


  7. Support Staff 7 Posted by Ilya Finkelshte... on 15 Jan, 2018 10:36 PM

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    I understand but I cannot find the a way to reproduce it. I am sorry, but this can happen only if those two variables were deleted from the Environment tab in the UI.

    I wonder if our UI is not intuitive enough and made you delete those variables without noticing that... Maybe you can record a video with a repro. You can use Screenpresso which is free and can do it.

  8. 8 Posted by scascarini on 16 Jan, 2018 08:42 AM

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