improve error message

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Jens A. Koch

05 Sep, 2016 12:24 AM

The following error message isn't very helpful and now i'm simply guessing around what Appveyor expects or accepts:

"Packaging artifacts...Pattern contains invalid characters."

It would be nice to provide a more detailed or guiding message, which shows the position of the error.

"Packaging artifacts...Pattern contains invalid characters."
"Error: Line 86 - Character 20"


" -file: "/foo&/(.zip""
" ^ invalid character"

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Feodor Fitsner on 05 Sep, 2016 04:43 AM

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    Sure, what was the path/character that caused that error?

  2. 2 Posted by Jens A. Koch on 05 Sep, 2016 09:26 AM

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    I still haven't found the cause for the error.
    I'm using

      - dir C:\projects\build\Release /s

      - path: C:\projects\build\$(configuration)
        name: ReleaseArtifact

    $(configuration) is also used in the manual.
    Do i need to single quote it?

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Feodor Fitsner on 05 Sep, 2016 05:16 PM

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    Path should be relative to the build root folder:

      - path: $(configuration) 
        name: ReleaseArtifact
  4. 4 Posted by Ilya Finkelshte... on 08 Sep, 2016 02:29 AM

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    Please watch this issue. It is little different angle of view but should improve experience too.


  5. 5 Posted by Jens A. Koch on 09 Sep, 2016 11:07 AM

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    I would suggest to lift the restriction that paths need to relative to the build root folder and allow absolute paths on artifacts: path:

    And here is the next error message to improve:

    "Command exited with code 255"

    Which command exited and why?

  6. 6 Posted by Ilya Finkelshte... on 09 Sep, 2016 06:09 PM

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    Hi Jens,

    We created separate issue for this

    For now we just made error message very clear.

    What about Command exited with code <code_returned>, it is always from the last command and it should be displayed in log…

    Thank you,

  7. Ilya Finkelshteyn closed this discussion on 25 Aug, 2018 02:08 AM.

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