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Run-On-Arch GitHub Action

A GitHub Action that executes commands on non-x86 CPU architecture (armv6, armv7, aarch64, s390x, ppc64le).

Usage

This action requires three input parameters:

  • arch: CPU architecture: armv6, armv7, aarch64, s390x, or ppc64le. See Supported Platforms for the full matrix.
  • distro: Linux distribution name: ubuntu16.04, ubuntu18.04, ubuntu20.04, bullseye, buster, stretch, jessie, fedora_latest, alpine_latest or archarm_latest. See Supported Platforms for the full matrix.
  • run: Shell commands to execute in the container.

The action also accepts some optional input parameters:

  • githubToken: Your GitHub token, used for caching Docker images in your project's public package registry. Usually this would just be ${{ github.token }}. This speeds up subsequent builds and is highly recommended.
  • env: Environment variables to propagate to the container. YAML, but must begin with a | character. These variables will be available in both run and setup.
  • shell: The shell to run commands with in the container. Default: /bin/sh on Alpine, /bin/bash for other distros.
  • dockerRunArgs: Additional arguments to pass to docker run, such as volume mappings. See docker run documentation.
  • setup: Shell commands to execute on the host before running the container, such as creating directories for volume mappings.
  • install: Shell commands to execute in the container as part of docker build, such as installing dependencies. This speeds up subsequent builds if githubToken is also used, but note that the image layer will be publicly available in your projects GitHub Package Registry, so make sure the resulting image does not have any secrets cached in logs or state.

Basic example

A basic example that sets an output variable for use in subsequent steps:

on: [push, pull_request]

jobs:
  armv7_job:
    # The host should always be Linux
    runs-on: ubuntu-18.04
    name: Build on ubuntu-18.04 armv7
    steps:
      - uses: actions/[email protected]
      - uses: uraimo/[email protected]
        name: Run commands
        id: runcmd
        with:
          arch: armv7
          distro: ubuntu18.04

          # Not required, but speeds up builds by storing container images in
          # a GitHub package registry.
          githubToken: ${{ github.token }}

          # Set an output parameter `uname` for use in subsequent steps
          run: |
            uname -a
            echo ::set-output name=uname::$(uname -a)

      - name: Get the output
        # Echo the `uname` output parameter from the `runcmd` step
        run: |
          echo "The uname output was ${{ steps.runcmd.outputs.uname }}"

Advanced example

This shows how to use a matrix to produce platform-specific artifacts, and includes example values for the optional input parameters setup, shell, env, and dockerRunArgs.

on: [push, pull_request]

jobs:
  build_job:
    # The host should always be linux
    runs-on: ubuntu-18.04
    name: Build on ${{ matrix.distro }} ${{ matrix.arch }}

    # Run steps on a matrix of 3 arch/distro combinations
    strategy:
      matrix:
        include:
          - arch: aarch64
            distro: ubuntu18.04
          - arch: ppc64le
            distro: alpine_latest
          - arch: s390x
            distro: fedora_latest

    steps:
      - uses: actions/[email protected]
      - uses: uraimo/[email protected]
        name: Build artifact
        id: build
        with:
          arch: ${{ matrix.arch }}
          distro: ${{ matrix.distro }}

          # Not required, but speeds up builds
          githubToken: ${{ github.token }}

          # Create an artifacts directory
          setup: |
            mkdir -p "${PWD}/artifacts"

          # Mount the artifacts directory as /artifacts in the container
          dockerRunArgs: |
            --volume "${PWD}/artifacts:/artifacts"

          # Pass some environment variables to the container
          env: | # YAML, but pipe character is necessary
            artifact_name: git-${{ matrix.distro }}_${{ matrix.arch }}

          # The shell to run commands with in the container
          shell: /bin/sh

          # Install some dependencies in the container. This speeds up builds if
          # you are also using githubToken. Any dependencies installed here will
          # be part of the container image that gets cached, so subsequent
          # builds don't have to re-install them. The image layer is cached
          # publicly in your project's package repository, so it is vital that
          # no secrets are present in the container state or logs.
          install: |
            case "${{ matrix.distro }}" in
              ubuntu*|jessie|stretch|buster|bullseye)
                apt-get update -q -y
                apt-get install -q -y git
                ;;
              fedora*)
                dnf -y update
                dnf -y install git which
                ;;
              alpine*)
                apk update
                apk add git
                ;;
            esac

          # Produce a binary artifact and place it in the mounted volume
          run: |
            cp $(which git) "/artifacts/${artifact_name}"
            echo "Produced artifact at /artifacts/${artifact_name}"

      - name: Show the artifact
        # Items placed in /artifacts in the container will be in
        # ${PWD}/artifacts on the host.
        run: |
          ls -al "${PWD}/artifacts"

Supported Platforms

This table details the valid arch/distro combinations:

arch distro
armv6 jessie, stretch, buster, bullseye, alpine_latest
armv7 jessie, stretch, buster, bullseye, ubuntu16.04, ubuntu18.04, ubuntu20.04, fedora_latest, alpine_latest, archarm_latest
aarch64 stretch, buster, bullseye, ubuntu16.04, ubuntu18.04, ubuntu20.04, fedora_latest, alpine_latest, archarm_latest
s390x jessie, stretch, buster, bullseye, ubuntu16.04, ubuntu18.04, ubuntu20.04, fedora_latest, alpine_latest
ppc64le jessie, stretch, buster, bullseye, ubuntu16.04, ubuntu18.04,ubuntu20.04, fedora_latest, alpine_latest

Using an invalid arch/distro combination will fail.

Contributing

New distros and archs can be added simply by creating a Dockerfile named Dockerfile.{arch}.{distro} (that targets an image for the desired combination) in the Dockerfiles directory. Pull requests welcome!

Authors

Umberto Raimondi

Elijah Shaw-Rutschman

And many other contributors.

License

This project is licensed under the BSD 3-Clause License.


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