Cancelling builds

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07 Apr, 2017 03:57 PM


We are currently building Debug, QA and Release configurations on most projects. Is there a way to cancel QA and Release builds if Debug build fails?



  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Ilya Finkelshte... on 07 Apr, 2017 05:15 PM

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    Hi Liam,

    Something like this should work. Build will cancel itself if job with Debug configuration fails. Please ensure Debug is first in configurations list. Though we do not guarantee order of jobs in build matrix, first one in list has better chance to be executed first.This is especially important if you do not have a lot of concurrent jobs in your plan.

    version: 1.10.{build}
    - Debug
    - QA
    - Release
      API_TOKEN: egp7tq82pys3pr6ymy0u
      verbosity: minimal
    - ps: >-
        IF($env:CONFIGURATION -eq "Debug") {
            $headers = @{
                "Authorization" = "Bearer $env:API_TOKEN"
                "Content-type" = "application/json"
            Invoke-RestMethod -Uri "$env:APPVEYOR_ACCOUNT_NAME/$env:APPVEYOR_PROJECT_SLUG/$env:APPVEYOR_BUILD_VERSION " -Headers $headers  -Method DELETE


  2. 2 Posted by liam.kennedy on 19 Apr, 2017 11:12 AM

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    Thanks Ilya

  3. 3 Posted by liam.kennedy on 27 Apr, 2017 10:49 AM

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    I used that on_failure ps script but it doesn’t produce exactly the behaviour we want.

    It says ‘Build has been cancelled by user’ which is misleading – QA and Release builds were cancelled because debug build failed, therefore it should appear as a failed build.

    Is there a way to fail the build rather than cancel it if debug build fails? It needs to be red in AppVeyor and send out a build fail email notification.


  4. Support Staff 4 Posted by Ilya Finkelshte... on 27 Apr, 2017 09:07 PM

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    You can do something like this at init stage.
    Note that this will work as expected while you have 1 concurrent job. If you upgrade your plan with more jobs, other builds might start before Debug finished. To make it work then you will be needed to set max jobs to 1 for this project.

    if ($env:Configuration -ne "Debug"){
        Write-Host "Checking for Debug build status..."
        $headers = @{
          "Authorization" = "Bearer $env:API_TOKEN"
          "Content-type" = "application/json"
        $currentBuild=Invoke-RestMethod -Uri "$env:APPVEYOR_ACCOUNT_NAME/$env:APPVEYOR_PROJECT_SLUG/build/$env:APPVEYOR_BUILD_VERSION " -Headers $headers  -Method Get
        if (($ | Where-Object {$ -eq "Configuration: Debug"}).status -eq "failed") {throw "Debug failed, no reason to continue"}
    else {
        Write-Host "Skipping check for Debug build status as this build job is Debug itself"}

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