About Bitten

Bitten is a simple distributed continuous integration system that not only coordinates builds across multiple machines, but also collects software metrics generated by builds, to enable feedback and reporting about the progress of a software project.

The Bitten software consists of two separate parts:
  • The build slave, which executes builds on behalf of a build master.
  • The web interface, which is implemented as an add-on to Trac (http://trac.edgewall.com/) and provides a build management interface as well as presentation of build results.

The build master is a plugin for Trac 0.11, while the build slave can be installed without other dependencies than Python >= 2.4 and setuptools >= 0.6a2 in addition to any tools required by the build process itself. A build slave may be run on any machine that can connect to the server running the Bitten build master.


Bitten is written in Python, so make sure that you have Python installed. You'll need Python 2.4 or later for running build slave, while the Trac plugin (master) should still work using Python 2.3. Also, make sure that setuptools (http://peak.telecommunity.com/DevCenter/setuptools), version 0.6a2 or later, is installed.

If that's taken care of, you just need to download and unpack the Bitten distribution, and execute the command:

$ python setup.py install

from the top of the directory where you unpacked (or checked out) the Bitten code. Note that you may need administrator/root privileges for this step, as it will by default attempt to install Bitten to the Python site-packages directory on your system.

It's also a good idea to run the unit tests at this point, to make sure that the code works as expected on your platform:

$ python setup.py test

It is also possible to install only the build slave, installing only the parts of Bitten that are needed by clients to run builds:

$ python setup.py --without-master install

What's left to do now depends on whether you want to use the build master and web interface, or just the build slave. In the latter case, you're already done. You might need to install software that the build of your project requires, but the Bitten build slave itself doesn't require anything extra.

For the build master and web interface, you'll need to install Trac 0.11 or later. Please refer to the Trac documentation for information on how it is installed.

Build Master Configuration

Once both Bitten and Trac are installed and working, you'll have to introduce Bitten to your Trac project environment. If you don't have a Trac project set up yet, you'll need to do so in order to use Bitten.

If you already have a Trac project environment, the Bitten plugin needs to be explicitly enabled in the Trac configuration. This is done by adding it to the [components] section in /path/to/projenv/conf/trac.ini:

[components] bitten.* = enabled

The Trac web interface should now inform you with an error message that the environment needs to be upgraded. To do this, run:

$ trac-admin /path/to/projenv upgrade

This will create the database tables and directories that Bitten requires. You probably also want to grant permissions to someone (such as yourself) to manage build configurations, and allow anonymous users to view the status and results of builds:

$ trac-admin /path/to/projenv permission add anonymous BUILD_EXEC $ trac-admin /path/to/projenv permission add anonymous BUILD_VIEW $ trac-admin /path/to/projenv permission add [yourname] BUILD_ADMIN

You should now see an additional tab labeled "Build Status" in the Trac navigation bar. This link will take you to the list of build configurations, which at this point is of course empty. If you've set up permissions correctly as described previously, you should see a button for adding new build configurations. Click that button and fill out the form. Also, add at least one target platform after saving the configuration. Last but not least, you'll have to "activate" the build configuration.

Running the Build Slave

The build slave can be run on any machine that can connect to the machine on which the build master is running. The installation of Bitten should have put a bitten-slave executable on your path. If the script is not on your path, look for it in the bin or scripts subdirectory of your Python installation.

To get a list of options for the build slave, execute it with the --help option:

$ bitten-slave --help

To run the build slave against a Bitten-enabled Trac site installed at http://myproject.example.org/trac, you'd run:

$ bitten-slave http://myproject.example.org/trac/builds

More Information

For further documentation, please see the Bitten website at: