Running a jenkins slave inside docker is more often than not good enough, you may want to run jenkins jobs that requires docker cli. I just release a docker image that does just that.
- Go to Jenkins > manage > node management
- Click Create a node
- Check Permanent Agent
- Set working directory to something like /data/jenkins-slave (if you specify something else, don't forget to also change the command below)
- Download slave-agent.jnlp, open it to retrieve your secret
- Change the command below with the working directory you specified, your slave-agent URL and jenkins secret
docker run --rm \ -v /data/jenkins-slave:/data/jenkins-slave \ -v /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock \ --rm fgribreau/jenkins-slave:latest java -jar /app/slave.jar \ -jnlpUrl "http://YOUR_OWN_JENKINS.com/computer/SLAVE_NAME/slave-agent.jnlp" \ -secret "JENKINS_SECRET"
- Done 👍
Why is this awesome?
Now that I can use docker directly from Jenkins jobs, it means I can setup cron jobs through jenkins just with configuration. Since one of docker sweet point is the ability to run CLI tools without any more setup that downloading an image, I now can setup nightly elastic/curator cron jobs just from Jenkins interface without the initial overhead of environnement setup.
I get fail build notifications directly from Hipchat (always be proactively alerted when something goes wrong!), traceability (who started the job) and of course I can reuse my Jenkins authorization setup for cron job as well. Thus no need to setup something like Rundeck when Jenkins already handles the feature set I want!