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Incremental Build Detection Probe

Jagruti Tiwari
Jagruti Tiwari
September 22, 2023


The Incremental Build Detection Probe was developed as a part of Google Summer of Code 2023 for the plugin health scoring system project.

Incremental builds aid in continuous delivery of plugins, deploying only the modules affected by new commits [1]. Jenkins core and plugins can be deployed incrementally, rather than waiting for the developer to manually deploy the release [2].

This probe identifies the plugins that have configured incremental-builds.

Importance of the Probe

This probe encourages delivery automation and saves the maintainer from manual deployment.


Understanding the configuration and implementation posed a major challenge in this probe. To me, it seemed that I needed to check the configuration for Maven Friendly CI versions.

My mentor pointed out the following and explained that the actual configuration goes deeper:

  • The setup is actually done in .mvn/maven.config and it is essential that I look for the configuration in .mvn/maven.config.

  • Some plugins configure it in extensions.xml in the .mvn section such as kubernetes-plugin.

  • The final step was to look for the configuration in the CD workflow. As the jep-229 (Continuous Delivery Probe) is already live, I did not need to look for this configuration.

Outcome and Learning

I learned more about GitHub Workflows and its strength. This probe is merged and ready to be live.

For more information or if you have any questions, please visit the official GSoC 2023 project Adding Probes to "Plugin Health Score" description page.

About the author

Jagruti Tiwari

Jagruti Tiwari

Jagruti works as a Senior Project Engineer in one of the reputable firms in India. Her open-source journey started in Jan 2022. She has a strong background in Java, JavaScript, and an intermediate knowledge of Python. Jagruti’s association with Jenkins started in Hacktoberfest 2022. This year (in 2023) she has been selected in the GSoC project titled "Adding Probes to Plugin Health Score System" which is her first GSoC. She hopes to continue being involved in the community and someday help mentoring new open source enthusiasts in the near future.