Caching docker layers in github actions and retriggering workflow

From an almost fully automated pipeline to a fully automated pipeline

Nov 1, 2022ยท

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Following my previous post on automating infrastructure provisioning, configuration and application deployment, there are 2 areas that I wanted to improve.

Cache docker layers in deploy workflow

First, docker layers in the build step of the deploy workflow should be cached.

The build-push-action github action can build, push, and cache the docker image.

With this simple modification, the deployment workflow is shortened by 3 minutes.

This may not be significant, but it is useful for me as I have a script to start and stop the application, which is triggered on schedule via github actions in the infra repository.

I can also run the script manually when I am debugging an issue, whether it is on infrastructure configuration or application deployment.

Dispatch workflow, don't re-run workflow job

Next, dispatch a workflow instead of re-running a workflow job.

This is because the maximum log retention is 30 days, so re-running a job that is older than 30 days will fail.

You can re-run a workflow run, all failed jobs in a workflow run, or specific jobs in a workflow run up to 30 days after its initial run.

deploy_workflow=$(curl  -H "Accept: application/vnd.github+json" -H "Authorization: token $GITHUB_TOKEN" |  jq '.workflows[] | select(.state == "active" and select(.name | ascii_downcase | contains("build and deploy")))')

workflow_id=$(echo $deploy_workflow | jq -r .id)
curl -X POST  -H "Accept: application/vnd.github+json" -H "Authorization: token $GITHUB_TOKEN"$workflow_id/dispatches \
 -d '{"ref":"master"}'

Before this modification, I have to manually dispatch a workflow in the github actions UI every 30 days. With this, the entire infrastructure configuration and application deployment pipeline is now fully automated ๐Ÿ˜„

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