Best way to automatically detect when a pull request resulted in conflict?

I need to detect when a pull request couldn't be merged because of merge conflicts (as soon as possible). Do I have to poll the log files or is there any better way?

 Best way would be a plugin that is triggered on a conflicting pull request.

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Hi Andreas,

Depending on your use case, you could poll the list of open Pull Requests via the REST API:


and then use the merge status end-point at:


to determine which are conflicted.

I'd stagger how quickly you call merge end-point though. Calculating merge results can be a very expensive operation, depending on the size of the PR, so calling it to rapidly may hurt performance.



Is the merge processed multiple times when I call this REST resource? When I open the Pull Request via Browser/HTML the merge is processed only one time. Every further call of the Pull Requests page does not trigger any Git activities in the background afaik.

The result is cached permanently, but calling it in quick succession for different PRs for which the merge result hasn't been calculated (of the same PR if the source or target branch is updated) could get expensive.

I only have to retrieve the merge result for a few branches and only for Pull Requests that are still open, so I think this will be reasonable costs. I will give it a try and share my experience here. Thank you Tim.

The Jenkins job that I'am using to retrieve information about the Pull Requests needs 2 seconds to complete. Thats absolutely acceptable.

Nice one! Thanks for sharing.

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