Improvements to Environment Variables (January 2019)

January 23, 2019

Improvements to Environment Variables (January 2019)

With this week's release, we deliver a couple of useful updates to Environment Variables that will help you faster debug execution problems and configure pipelines.

Environment Variables in YAML

Until now, it wasn’t possible to define pipeline variables in YAML. Even though the whole pipeline configuration was stored in buddy.yml, after parsing the YAML the user had to set the requested variables manually, which was taking a lot of time and could result in mistakes and typos in either names or values.

Now, you can put a property variables for each pipeline or action, and then add the list of referring variables to it. For example:

- key: "my_var"
  value: "my_value"
  settable: true
  description: "var description"
Check out our YAML documentation for more details on configuration as code.

Settable variables in the logs

From now on values of settable variables are produced in logs in order to help users debug execution problems.

Fetch repository and set environment variables

In addition to fetching a fresh clone of the repository before the execution, Buddy will also set environment variables and mark both actions in the log:

  • Fetching repo — here you'll find logs from the fetch, just as before
  • Setting environment variables — here you'll find the listed variables, each in a separate line, and in this format: ENV=value (first we'll list variables defined by the user, then default ENV VARs)

Setting ENV VARsSetting ENV VARs

Build actions

If you change the value of any variable in a build action, then it will be listed at the very end of the action logs with the Setting environment variables header:

Setting ENV VARs headerSetting ENV VARs header

Run next pipeline

If you're passing variables between pipelines, we'll put them in the action logs with the Passing environment variables header:

Passing ENV VARsPassing ENV VARs


Alexander Kus

Alexander Kus

Customer Success Manager

A story-teller and conversation-lover, Alexander decided to invest his skills to help his friends at Buddy transform the cold language of patch notes into exciting narratives. Also: an avid gamer, hip-hop DJ, Liverpool FC fan, absentminded husband, and the father of two.