Jenkins is a continuous integration server that can be used to automatically build and test projects based on commits to your source control system.
Use with FPC/Lazarus
This section describes how to set up Jenkins to automatically build FPC when a commit happens in SVN.
Jenkins set up
A possible version to use is Turnkey Linux Jenkins on Debian 6.0.5 (Squeeze)
Whichever way you install Jenkins, make sure the SVN plugin is enabled
#install binutils+stable FPC: apt-get instal build-essential #fpc would get old FPC 2.4 on this Debian Squeeze=> symptom in Jenkins build log: #generic.inc(2505,13) Fatal: Internal error 8 #Fatal: Compilation aborted #make: *** [system.ppu] Error 1 #get stable compiler (2.6 at time of writing); we're on a 32 bit system: cd /root wget http://sourceforge.net/projects/freepascal/files/Linux/2.6.0/deb/fp-compiler-2.6.0_2.6.0-0_i386.deb/download mv download fp-compiler-2.6.0_2.6.0-0_i386.deb wget http://sourceforge.net/projects/freepascal/files/Linux/2.6.0/deb/fp-compiler_2.6.0-0_i386.deb/download mv download fp-compiler_2.6.0-0_i386.deb wget http://sourceforge.net/projects/freepascal/files/Linux/2.6.0/deb/fp-units-rtl_2.6.0-0_i386.deb/download mv download fp-units-rtl_2.6.0-0_i386.deb wget http://sourceforge.net/projects/freepascal/files/Linux/2.6.0/deb/fp-units-rtl-2.6.0_2.6.0-0_i386.deb/download mv download fp-units-rtl-2.6.0_2.6.0-0_i386.deb wget http://sourceforge.net/projects/freepascal/files/Linux/2.6.0/deb/fp-units-i386-2.6.0_2.6.0-0_i386.deb/download mv download fp-units-i386-2.6.0_2.6.0-0_i386.deb wget http://sourceforge.net/projects/freepascal/files/Linux/2.6.0/deb/fp-units-i386_2.6.0-0_i386.deb/download mv download fp-units-i386_2.6.0-0_i386.deb wget http://sourceforge.net/projects/freepascal/files/Linux/2.6.0/deb/fp-utils-2.6.0_2.6.0-0_i386.deb/download mv download fp-utils-2.6.0_2.6.0-0_i386.deb wget http://sourceforge.net/projects/freepascal/files/Linux/2.6.0/deb/fp-utils_2.6.0-0_i386.deb/download mv download fp-utils_2.6.0-0_i386.deb dpkg -i fp-units-rtl-2.6.0_2.6.0-0_i386.deb dpkg -i fp-units-rtl_2.6.0-0_i386.deb dpkg -i fp-compiler-2.6.0_2.6.0-0_i386.deb dpkg -i fp-utils-2.6.0_2.6.0-0_i386.deb #no idea what the other .debs are for that we downloaded #todo: this could be trimmed down a bit, but this seems to work
Setting up jobs
Use the job screen to set the svn source to the FPC trunk or branch you want to use (e.g. http://svn.freepascal.org/svn/fpc/trunk)
Set 'use svn update as much as possible'
Polling every 5 minutes could be a good setup. Alternatively, you can set up your own SVN server and write a commit hook script for that. This would result in this entry:
# every 5 minutes */5 * * * *
As build commands, the shell commnds
and, to install inside the "workspace" or top of the build directory environment:
make install PREFIX=$WORKSPACE
Note: installing somewhere else may be a good idea, please refer to the Build FAQ.
Compiler test suite
Could not get the compiler test suite in <fpc>/tests working (October 2012). Corrections/additions welcome.
- run make clean before building!?!
- run make install into a different prefix
- run Lazarus compile
- run dbtestframework test suite, save results (in database or via XML if Jenkins supports that)
- add Windows (etc) build slaves
- add installer builders
- different repositories
Windows/Linux... build slave
You can set up other machines apart from the Jenkins server to act as "slaves": they are controlled from Jenkins and used to run jobs.
This can be useful when running a Windows build/test run from a Linux server.
See  for details on how to set up Windows build slaves via DCOM (note: there are other ways to set up (Windows) build slaves; please refer to the Jenkins documentation)