[Qt-creator] GitHub Actions as CI for Qt Creator

Cristian Adam cristian.adam at qt.io
Fri Feb 21 17:58:39 CET 2020


As you might know Qt Creator’s gerrit<https://codereview.qt-project.org/q/project:qt-creator%252Fqt-creator> setup at the moment doesn’t include
per commit CI checks.

As a developer, if you change something you don’t actually know if your
change compiles on all desktop platforms, or that the unit-tests are still
OK, unless you go through the trouble of doing this explicitly.

Our GitHub mirror https://github.com/qt-creator/qt-creator has the GitHub
Actions enabled for building Qt Creator with CMake.

You can notice the green check on every commit at:

The GitHub Actions runs are available here:

For downloading the binary artifacts you need to be logged in GitHub.

The builds are release with tests enabled. You can run the plugin tests like:
$ qtcreator.exe -test CMakeProjectManager
In  this case, it’s a Windows build, the output can be seen in the DebugView<https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/debugview>.
Totals: 47 passed, 0 failed, 0 skipped, 0 blacklisted, 7ms

GitHub Actions will do post merge builds, but you can do pre-merge builds
if you fork Qt Creator on GitHub.

The steps are the following:

  1.  Fork https://github.com/qt-creator/qt-creator
  2.  Add the github fork as a new git remote for your Qt Creator git checkout
$ git remote add github https://github.com/<githubuser>/qt-creator.git<https://github.com/%3cgithubuser%3e/qt-creator.git>
  3.  Push to your fork
$ git push github --force
  4.  When everything is green you can push to gerrit as normal 😊

The first commit will take longer in order to warm ccache’s cache. Afterwards a
Job takes ~30 minutes.

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