Target Determinator

Target determinator is a binary (and Go API) used to determine which Bazel targets changed between two git commits.

target-determinator binary

For simple listing, the target-determinator binary is supplied:

Usage of target-determinator:
target-determinator <before-revision>
Where <before-revision> may be any commit revision - full commit hashes, short commit hashes, tags, branches, etc.
  -bazel string
    	Bazel binary (basename on $PATH, or absolute or relative path) to run (default "bazel")
  -ignore-file value
    	Files to ignore for git operations, relative to the working-directory. These files shan't affect the Bazel graph.
  -target-pattern string
    	Target pattern to diff. (default "//...")
  -verbose
    	Whether to explain (messily) why each target is getting run
  -working-directory string
    	Working directory to query (default ".")

This binary lists targets to stdout, one-per-line, which were affected between and the currently checked-out revision.

driver binary

driver is a binary which implements a simple CI pipeline; it runs the same logic as target-determinator, then tests all identified targets.

Usage of driver:
  driver <before-revision>
Where <before-revision> may be any commit-like strings - full commit hashes, short commit hashes, tags, branches, etc.
Optional flags:
  -bazel string
    	Bazel binary (basename on $PATH, or absolute or relative path) to run (default "bazel")
  -ignore-file value
    	Files to ignore for git operations, relative to the working-directory. These files shan't affect the Bazel graph.
  -manual-test-mode string
    	How to handle affected tests tagged manual. Possible values: run|skip (default "skip")
  -target-pattern string
    	Target pattern to consider. (default "//...")
  -working-directory string
    	Working directory to query (default ".")

WalkAffectedTargets API

Both of the above binaries are thin wrappers around a Go function called WalkAffectedTargets which calls a user-supplied callback for each affected target between two commits:

// WalkAffectedTargets computes which targets have changed between two commits, and calls
// callback once for each target which has changed.
// Explanation of the differences may be expensive in both time and memory to compute, so if
// includeDifferences is set to false, the []Difference parameter to the callback will always be nil.
func WalkAffectedTargets(context *Context, commitishBefore, commitishAfter LabelledGitRev, pattern label.Pattern, includeDifferences bool, callback WalkCallback) error { ... }

type WalkCallback func(label.Label, []Difference, *analysis.ConfiguredTarget)

This can be used to flexibly build your own logic handling the affected targets to drive whatever analysis you want.

Contributing

Contributions are very welcome!

We have an extensive integration testing suite in the tests/integration directory which has its own README. The test suite also runs against several other target determinator implementations which are pulled in as http_archives, to test compatibility. Please make sure any contributions are covered by a test.

When adding new dependencies to the Go code, please run scripts/update-dependencies.

In general, BUILD files in this repo are maintained by gazelle; to regenerate tem, please run bazel run //:gazelle.

Alongside each go_proto_library, there is a runnable copy_proto_output rule which can be used to generate the Go source for a protobuf, in case it’s useful to inspect.

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