Alternative options to skip a build

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06 Sep, 2014 12:41 PM


Are there any other options to skip a build, other than this:

The reason that I ask is I have started to use to create blog posts for a newly deployed Octopress site, which is built using AppVeyor. While creating the blog post, I have the option of adding images, which commits into my repository. This happens in the background while writing the blog post, and as a result, AppVeyor kicks off a build, which really isn't needed. I can't see an option to alter the commit message in, but I have asked the question:

I was just wondering if there are any other options from the AppVeyor side of things, i.e. is it possible to specify a regex for analysing commit messages to see if a build is required?



  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Feodor Fitsner on 08 Sep, 2014 06:27 PM

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    Hi Gary,

    Could you give me an example of such commit message and the filter you would setup?

  2. Support Staff 2 Posted by Feodor Fitsner on 08 Sep, 2014 06:29 PM

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    oh, and feel free to add my GitHub username @FeodorFitsner to any discussion you need my attention to :)

  3. 3 Posted by gep13 on 08 Sep, 2014 08:22 PM

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    Hello Feodor,

    An example commit message can here seen here:

    and another here:

    The commit message is relatively simplistic, with just the text "Created", and then the name of the file that is being uploaded. Assuming that this stayed consistent, a regex could be assigned for something like "Created.*\.(png|jpg|jpeg|bmp|gif)" (note, completely off the top of my head, so likely not ideal :-))

    I seem to have generated some discussion about including the ability to modify the commit message which is made my, so something "might" happen there, but it is unclear. If I think you can help, I will certainly pull you into the discussion. :-)



  4. Support Staff 4 Posted by Feodor Fitsner on 08 Sep, 2014 09:08 PM

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    OK, I think filtering by commit message makes sense and helps with some more interesting scenarios. To avoid obstructing UI with yet another feature I could add an option to appveyor.yml, something like:

      message: Created.*\.(png|jpg|jpeg|bmp|gif)

    In the future we can add more to it, like "skip commits from that author" :)

    What do you think?

  5. 5 Posted by gep13 on 08 Sep, 2014 09:12 PM

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    I think that sounds amazing! :-)

    Please let me know if there is anything I can help with in terms of testing this out.

  6. 6 Posted by gep13 on 08 Sep, 2014 09:13 PM

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    Would this replace the [ci skip] in the commit message, or be an additional configuration check?

  7. Support Staff 7 Posted by Feodor Fitsner on 08 Sep, 2014 09:16 PM

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    That will be an addition to that.

  8. 8 Posted by gep13 on 08 Sep, 2014 09:18 PM

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    Cool! Sounds like a plan to me. :-)

  9. 9 Posted by gep13 on 20 Sep, 2014 10:04 AM

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    Just wanted to touch base to see if there was an ETA on this request.


  10. Support Staff 10 Posted by Feodor Fitsner on 20 Sep, 2014 04:46 PM

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    Will deliver this next week.


  11. 11 Posted by gep13 on 20 Sep, 2014 06:33 PM

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    That is great news! Looking forward to trying it out!


  12. Support Staff 12 Posted by Feodor Fitsner on 23 Sep, 2014 10:00 PM

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  13. 13 Posted by gep13 on 24 Sep, 2014 05:44 AM

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    Perfect, thank you! As a suggestion, if you don't use something else already, you might want to check out Gives you Kanban functionality on top of GitHub issues for tracking progress. I find it really useful for the projects I work on.

  14. Support Staff 14 Posted by Feodor Fitsner on 02 Oct, 2014 06:50 PM

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    Documented here:

    Give it a try and let me know how that worked for you.

  15. 15 Posted by gep13 on 10 Oct, 2014 08:15 PM

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    Yip, looks like this is working! :-)

    This commit:

    Didn't result in a build being triggered:



  16. gep13 closed this discussion on 10 Oct, 2014 08:15 PM.

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