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What is a disposable project branch?

These are project branches that can be cloned fresh from any mozilla-central based repo with the full gamut of tests enabled. No l10n or nightlies for now. Similar to TryServer but for longer, and just for you. Unlike Try, the commit level on these branches is level_2 (and above) contributors only so please bear that in mind.

Do you need a disposable branch?

Ask yourself the following:

Does your project have an end date?

If your answer is No then you should follow the process at Project Branch Planning

If your project is a temporary feature sprint that needs its own rapid test coverage but will eventually be merged into mozilla-central and no longer be on its own by all means, please go ahead and

Book one of our fabulous "disposable" project branches

NOTE: The number of disposable branches is limited by CI capacity. If there are no available branches, contact the owners of existing branches to see if you can "sub let".

  • Sign up below in the BOOKING SCHEDULE
  • Make a request (example: bug 951811) to IT to reset the repo for you as a clone from your own project repo (or default mozilla-central:tip). Copy the script below into bug request, replacing the REPO_PATH and TWIG with your repo and booked branch.
export REPO_PATH=[path to repo to clone from]                 # eg: users/ or comm-central
export TWIG=[alder|birch|cedar|holly|larch|maple]    # whichever twig you booked

cd /repo/hg/scripts/
./ -s /repo/hg/mozilla/$REPO_PATH -r tip -d $TWIG
  • NOTE: Your repository will have no hooks enabled after a reset. You'll need to specify in the request if you need any configured.
  • After Developer Services runs the reset, they will also notify the teams who operate the automation, so they can adjust their schedulers to recognize the reset. (This needs to happen on both legacy buildbot & taskcluster schedulers.) If you don't see the expected builds, check with the automation teams to ensure their reset occurred.
  • Sit back and watch your builds and test results roll in (eg Alder, Birch, Cedar,Holly, Larch, Maple).

When you're done with one of our fabulous "disposable" project branches

Simply clear your data (bug, contact, dates) from the BOOKING SCHEDULE below. If someone is listed in the "Next in Line" column, please let them know you are done.

That's all there is to it!

Using a custom mozconfig

The mozconfigs used for builds live in the same source tree as the main code, eg

  • Firefox: browser/config/mozconfigs/<platform>
  • Mobile Native: mobile/android/config/mozconfigs/android
  • Mobile XUL: mobile/xul/config/mozconfigs/android-xul

The 'nightly' file is used for optimised builds, 'debug' for debug. If you are unsure which file you need consult a build log to see which is used. You can adjust these as needed on your branch, and they will be carried over to mozilla-central when you merge back. Please take care with any mozconfig changes you merge back (eg exclude local conveniences).

Enabling/Disabling of platforms, tests, nightly updates

If the specific builds/tests you want are not enabled, or if there are builds/tests which you do not need on your branch, ask RelEng to enable/disable them by filing a bug here.

Nightly builds and updates are disabled by default but can be enabled on request.


Project Branch Regist. bug email address of borrower User/Dev Team contact Booking Dates Next in Line
Cypress bug 1222301
Elm bug 1364561 wpt-sync 2017-09-06 - 2017-12-31
Cedar bug 1358168  :dolske, Photon project usage 2016-04-20 - 2017-08-15
Fig retired retired retired retired retired
Gum retired retired retired retired retired
Holly retired retired retired retired retired
Larch bug 1288182  :Pike, for l20n work 2016-07-20 - 2016-11-15
Oak bug 790467 and other risky updater work, mhowell, rstrong 2012-09-11 - 2015-12-31 PENDING -
Pine bug 137122  :dmose,:k88hudson,:Mardak,:ursula green up activity-stream in prep for landing 2017-02-05 - 2017-06-10 -

Be sure to keep a copy of anything you need from the repo prior to unbooking it.

Indefinite booking

See also ReleaseEngineering/SpecialBranches for more info on these branches.

Project Branch Regist. bug email address of borrower User/Dev Team contact Booking Dates
Date disabled disabled disabled disabled
Jamun bug 1259143, Release promotion 2016-03-23 - indefinite
Birch disabled disabled disabled disabled
Maple bug 1397773 tc release promotion 2017-10-02 - indefinite -