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Detecting and aborting hanging Steps without output

You can detect and abort hanging Steps that do not produce any log output for a certain amount of time using the No Output Timeout function. You can use this function to automatically abort hung builds after a configurable timeout period to save credits and to enable Bitrise to gather data on hanging builds.

You can use the No Output Timeout function in two ways:

The No Output Timeout function can be used alongside other timeout functionalities, such as the one described in the M1 Hanging builds issue guide or in Setting a time limit for Steps.

Enabling the No Output Timeout function globally for all Steps

Bitrise 1.50.0 or newer is required

You must use Bitrise 1.50.0 or a newer version to use the No Output Timeout function.

To enable the No Output Timeout globally for all Steps:

  1. Open your app on Bitrise.

  2. Click the Workflows button on the main page.

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  3. Go to the Secrets tab.

  4. Add a new secret Env Var: BITRISE_NO_OUTPUT_TIMEOUT and set its value to the number of seconds you want the build to wait for output logs before aborting.

    We recommend setting it to 600 seconds (10 minutes).

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    Aborting a hanging build automatically

    Compared to setting a time limit for Steps, the No Output Timeout function only aborts a build no output log is generated for a set amount of time.

    Any log output will reset the timeout. This can result in a Step running longer than the value you set in BITRISE_NO_OUTPUT_TIMEOUT.

  5. Click Save. You can check the Build log of your build to determine if the function is enabled.

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And that's it! From now on, whenever a Step does not produce an output log for the number of seconds you set in BITRISE_NO_OUTPUT_TIMEOUT , your build automatically aborts with the message: Abort via Bitrise DEN (no output timeout).

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Disabling the No Output Timeout function for a specific Step

If you enabled the No Output Timeout function globally and want to disable it for specific Steps, you can add the no_output_timeout: 0 Step property just above the inputs: part of the chosen Step(s) in the bitrise.yml.

For example:

    steps:    
    - virtual-device-testing-for-ios@1:
        no_output_timeout: 0
        inputs:
        - zip_path: "$BITRISE_PROJECT_PATH"

Enabling the No Output Timeout function for specific Steps

Bitrise 1.50.0 or newer is required

You must use Bitrise 1.50.0 or a newer version to use the No Output Timeout function.

You can enable the No Output Timeout function for specific Steps by adding the no_output_timeout Step property below a Step in your bitrise.yml file.

To do so with the Workflow Editor:

  1. Open your app on Bitrise.

  2. Click the Workflows button on the main page.

    opening-workflow-editor.png
  3. Go to the bitrise.yml tab.

  4. Search for the Step(s) where you would like to use the function.

  5. Insert no_output_timeout: 12 Step property and value just above the inputs: part of the chosen Step(s) to automatically abort a build if the Step does not produce an output log for 12 seconds.

    Setting the no_output_timeout Step property to 0

    You can disable the No Output Timeout function for a Step by setting the no_output_timeout Step property to 0.

    Let's look at an example where a Script Step will always be aborted automatically:

      output_slows_down:
        steps:
        - script@1:
            title: Output is slower and slower
            no_output_timeout: 12
            inputs:
            - content: |-
                #!/usr/bin/env bash
                for i in {1..5}
                do
                  DURATION=$((5*i))
                  echo "🏃‍step output (sleeping ${DURATION}s)"
                  sleep $DURATION
                done

And that's it! Now, if your Step hangs and does not produce a single output log for the number of seconds you specified in the no_output_timeout Step property, the build will be aborted automatically.