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  1. Jenkins
  2. JENKINS-26966

Unable to build packer image from subdirectory



    • Improvement
    • Status: Resolved (View Workflow)
    • Minor
    • Resolution: Fixed
    • packer-plugin
    • None
    • Jenkins 1.598, packer plugin 1.0


      I've run into a problem using packer-plugin when the json I'm trying to use is in a subdirectory.

      For example, my Jenkins job is cloning a git repo containing various packer configurations (e.g. centos-6.5, rhel-6.5, etc.). Each one is in a separate folder and has a template.json and a scripts directory.
      Under the Packer post-build actions I specify Packer Template File "centos-6.5/template.json".
      When I run the job I get the following error:

      [workspace] $ /var/lib/jenkins/tools/biz.neustar.jenkins.plugins.packer.PackerInstallation/packer-0.7.5/packer build -only=virtualbox-iso -debug "/var/lib/jenkins/jobs/Packer build/workspace/centos-6.5/template.json"

      4 error(s) occurred:

      • Bad script 'scripts/base.sh': stat scripts/base.sh: no such file or directory
      • Bad script 'scripts/vagrant.sh': stat scripts/vagrant.sh: no such file or directory
      • Bad script 'scripts/virtualbox.sh': stat scripts/virtualbox.sh: no such file or directory
      • Bad script 'scripts/cleanup.sh': stat scripts/cleanup.sh: no such file or directory

      It appears that the relative paths (such as scripts/base.sh) in template.json are expected to be in the current directory (which is workspace/) although I'm calling workspace/centos-6.5/template.json.
      So when I changed the script paths in the json to be "centos-6.5/scripts/base.sh" it ran successfully, however, I don't want to do that as it breaks the script if I then try to run it from within centos-6.5 (which is the recommended way).

      It would be great to have a "Change directory" parameter for packer-plugin to change the working directory before calling packer.




            jdamick Jeffrey Damick
            tenyo Tenyo Grozev
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