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What's going on with the Hudson's infrastructure

R. Tyler Croy
R. Tyler Croy
February 9, 2010

A lot has changed in the Hudson development and distribution infrastructure since last summer - we’ve made a distinct effort to get the quality of our infrastructure to match the quality of Hudson itself. We owe a special thanks to the wonderful folks over at Atlassian - we’re taking advantage of their generous open source license for our bug tracking (JIRA), wiki (Confluence), and source repository browser (FishEye). Obviously, there’s a lot more we can improve going forward - I’ll have another post up soon, looking at some of the ideas we’re kicking around. But for now, take a look at what we’ve already done, below the fold.

The Hudson war and plugin downloads have all moved off of the unreliable to our own []( with the downloads being powered by the same system used for distributing Java, OpenSolaris, and NetBeans. Downloading Hudson and/or plugins is now easier and more reliable.

We’ve moved issue tracking from’s system to our own JIRA instance, at []( As with moving downloads off, we’ve made reporting and browsing Hudson’s issues much faster, easier and more reliable, while still using the same authentication on the back-end as our Subversion and Maven repositories. We’re still working out some kinks in the system but since we’re running our own issue tracker now, rather than using one we didn’t have control over, we’ve got the flexibility we need to adapt our tools to best serve the developer and user communities.

Speaking of tools we now run ourselves, we’ve put up our own FishEye instance at []( - until that was in place, we’d been relying on Atlassian’s public FishEye instance, which has many other open source projects' repositories available. Getting our own server up means we don’t have to bug the generous folks over at Atlassian every time the SVN server confuses FishEye into failing to update. It also opens the door for us to use Crucible for code review in the future.

Hudson’s moved onto Twitter more and more over the last 6-9 months - we’ve got the always fabulous @hudsonci, tweeting new releases, Hudson-related tweets, and more, as well as the #hudsonci hashtag.

This may not strictly be infrastructure but it’s worth mentioning that we’ve now got native packages and distribution for Hudson for Ubuntu/Debian, Red Hat/Fedora/CentOS, openSUSE, OpenSolaris/Nevada, and FreeBSD.

This is all in addition to key parts of our infrastructure that haven’t changed: our official wiki, our user and developer mailing lists, our Subversion repository (and a Git mirror on GitHub) and our IRC channel over on Freenode.

Oh, and I hear there’s a blog now too.

Editor’s Note: *Andrew Bayer (abayer) has been a contributor to Hudson since early 2009, contributing to the ClearCase plugin, Hudson’s core and a small number of other plugins. Andrew also helps Kohsuke with a lot of Hudson’s project infrastructure, most notably the migration from Bugzilla on to JIRA running at*

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R. Tyler Croy

R. Tyler Croy

R. Tyler Croy has been part of the Jenkins project for the past seven years. While avoiding contributing any Java code, Tyler is involved in many of the other aspects of the project which keep it running, such as this website, infrastructure, governance, etc.