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Setting up cross-project testing

Cross-project testing enables you to ensure the compatibility and reliability of interconnected repositories. And with a little bit of configuration on Packit and tmt parts, it can be easily automated within Packit!

Big kudos to Martin Pitt who experimented with these settings in cockpit repositories and wrote an amazing blog post about it! If you are interested in all the details, make sure to read the full blog post. Alternatively, the following sections will describe the needed configuration for setting it up.

After determining the dependency (or dependencies) you want to test, the configuration is relatively easy:

  1. For the dependent repository, Packit should be configured to build every commit of the main branch, or any other similar branch containing recent changes, into a dedicated Copr repository.
  2. For the dependency repository, you should add a separate Packit test job with a tmt test plan to run on all pull requests.

Let's break down these steps using examples from the cockpit setup (where cockpit-podman depends on the cockpit repo)!

Configuring Packit builds on commits of the dependent repository

The goal here is to build the most recent code (usually in the main branch) of the repo in a dedicated Copr repository, which can be easily done using Packit. Firstly a new dedicated Copr project needs to be created and configured as needed. For Packit to build in this project, the Packit allowed forge projects needs to be filled as well.

Then you can configure a Packit copr_build job to do a build in the new Copr repo for each commit that lands in the desired branch of the dependent repo (in this example main branch of cockpit-podman):

- job: copr_build
trigger: commit
branch: "^main$"
owner: "@cockpit"
project: "main-builds"
preserve_project: True

You will need to approve the packit Copr user to be able to trigger builds in the Copr repo.

The additional details of the setup are described here.

Configuring the test plan

After that, a new test plan plans/<your-project>.fmf needs to be added to the dependency repository, which selects the tests you want to run from this repo. Unfortunately, it is impossible to auto-import all plans at the moment (but this may be useful since you can select a subset of tests that apply to the tested dependency).

So this is mostly a copy of the dependent repo test plan, with one modification: they should not run by default, but only in a revdeps tmt context. The test plan can then look like this (an example from cockpit):

# reverse dependency test
enabled: false

when: revdeps == yes
enabled: true

how: fmf
ref: "main"
how: tmt

summary: Run cockpit-podman system tests
test: /test/browser/system

# ... possibly more test plans here

For the other plans in this repository, you should mark it to not run in the revdeps scenario:

when: revdeps == yes
enabled: false

Configuring the Packit test job

Finally, to plug everything together, a Packit test job needs to be configured that will run the revdeps context test plan against the builds from main branch of the dependent repo by specifying tf_extra_params. The key here is to install the latest main build from the dependency: we are making sure we are not breaking cockpit. Make sure to also give it a meaningful identifier so that you can differentiate the statuses:

  - job: tests
identifier: revdeps
trigger: pull_request
- fedora-latest-stable
- artifacts:
- type: repository-file
revdeps: "yes"