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By setting a snapshot dependency of a build (e.g. build B) on other build's (build A's) sources, you can ensure that build B will start only after the one it depends on (build A) is run and finished. We call build A a dependency build, whereas build B is a dependent build.

To add a snapshot dependency, on the Dependencies page of the build configuration settings, click Add new snapshot dependency and specify the following options:

Option

Description

Depend on

Specify the build configuration for the current build configuration to depend on.

Do not run new build if there is a suitable one

If the option is enabled, TeamCity will not run a dependency build, if another running or finished dependency build with the appropriate sources revision exists. See also #Suitable Builds below.
However, when a dependent build is triggered, the dependency build will also be put into the queue. Then, when the changes for the build chain are collected, this dependency build will be removed from the queue and the dependency will be set to a suitable finished build.

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Note: if there is more than one snapshot dependency on some build configuration, then for builds reusing to work, all of them must have the "Do not run new build if there is a suitable one" option enabled.

Only use successful builds from suitable ones

A new triggered build will only "use" successfully finished suitable builds as dependencies. If the latest finished "suitable" build is failed, it will be re-run.

Run build on the same agent

When enabled, and B snapshot-depends on A, then builds of B are run on the same agent where the build of A from the same build chain was run.

On failed dependency/
On failed to start/canceled dependency

Since TeamCity 9.0 if the dependency fails, you can manage the status of the dependent build by selecting one of the following options:

  • Run build, but add problem: the dependent build will be run and the problem will be added to it, changing its status to failed (if problem was not muted earlier)
  • Run build, but do not add problem: the dependent build will be run and no problems will be added
  • Make build failed to start: the dependent build will not run and will be marked as "Failed to start"
  • Cancel build: the dependent build will not run and will be marked as "Canceled".

Suitable Builds


A "suitable" build in terms of snapshot dependencies is a build which can be used instead a queued dependency build within a build chain. That is, a queued build which is a part of a build chain can be dropped and the builds depending on it can be made dependent on another queued, running or already finished "suitable" build. This behavior only works when the Do not run new build if there is a suitable one option of a corresponding snapshot dependency is selected.

For a build to be considered "suitable", it should comply with all of the conditions below:

  • use the same sources snapshot as the entire queued build chain being processed. If the build configurations have the same VCS settings, this basically means the one with the same sources revision. If the VCS settings are different (VCS roots or checkout rules), then "same sources snapshot" revisions means revisions taken simultaneously at some moment in time.
  • be successful (if "Only use successful builds from suitable ones" snapshot dependency option is set)
  • be a usual, not a personal build
  • have no customized parameters (see also TW-23700)
  • have no VCS settings preventing effective revision calculation, see below
  • there is no other build configuration snapshot-depending on the current one with "Do not run new build if there is a suitable one" option set to "off"
  • the running build is not "hanging"
  • settings of the build configuration were not changed since the build (that is, the build was run with the current build configuration settings). This also includes no changes to the parameters of all the parent projects of the build configuration. You can check if the settings were changed between several builds by comparing .teamcity/settings/digest.txt file in the hidden build's artifacts
  • if there is also an artifact dependency in addition to snapshot one, the suitable build should have artifacts
  • all the dependency builds (the builds the current one depends on) are "suitable" and are appropriately merged


Some settings in VCS roots can effectively disable builds reusing. These settings are:

  • Subversion: Checkout, but ignore changes mode
  • CVS: Checkout by tag mode
  • Perforce: Stream or Client connection settings, or label is specified in Label/revision to checkout option

  • Starteam: checkout mode option set to view label or promotion date




See also:

Concepts: Dependent Build

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