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Is it possible to set Bamboo variables in one stage ( via custom task) and retrieve it in a different stage

Kepio February 14, 2012

Use case
A task may define some *custom build variable* that would need to later be retrieved in subsequent tasks.
The current mechanism to handle this is to share artifacts between the tasks - the problem with this approach is that the "native" bamboo tasks, such as the ant task could not access this "custom build variables"; we would need to write a wrapper script that parses the artifact then invoked the ant command. Furthermore, using artifacts requires to add extra logic in every task to read/write to the artifact.

Is it possible to set a bamboo build variable ( attach it to the plan, see code below) and access it in later stages - without going through artifacts?

Tested case
I created custom build variables using the variableDefinitionManager

VariableDefinition vd = new VariableDefinitionImpl();
variableDefinitions.add( vd );

What currently works:

* Pass variables between tasks

Stage 1
task 1A: set_plan_variable myVar
task 1B : print_variable myVar

What does not work:
* Pass variables between a jobs (expected not to work since jobs can be concurrent)

* Pass variables between a stages

Stage 1
task 1A: set_plan_variable myVar
Stage 2:
task 2A : print_variable myVar


I opened to request the feature, but if someone has a magic trick to share, please do !

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Przemek Bruski
Atlassian Team
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February 14, 2012

I think the only way is to have a finalising task that puts all variables into a file defined as an artifact and a task that fetches them from that file in another stage/Job.

As you've mentioned, by design, you won't be able to do that between Jobs in the same Stage. That's why we've introduced Stages in the first place - to serialise Jobs and allow them to pass information between one another.

Kepio February 17, 2012

Thanks Przemek - that makes perfect sense - I wrote a task that dump the custom build environment variables into a java property file and another task to load it at a later stage ( the property file is defined as artifact) - the problem I have is that the variables get loaded as environment variables and not as a bamboo build variables - as such, they can't be used as arguments into tasks - for instance, to configure the working sub-directory, I can't use $my_subdir. If however, I run a simple bash task that "echo $my_subdir" it will echo it properly.

I'm using the below routine to load the variables into the environment :

List<VariableDefinition> variableDefinitions = new ArrayList<VariableDefinition>();
VariableDefinition vd = new VariableDefinitionImpl(key,value,thisPlan,VariableType.PLAN);
variableDefinitions.add( vd );

Is there a better way to load a pair of "key/value" into a build variable from a task and access it later via $(key) or $(bamboo.key}

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