Woodpecker CI plugin to publish Debian packages using on Aptly API
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CI plugin to publish Debian package on a Aptly repository

This docker image could be used as an Woodpecker CI plugin to publish one (or more) Debian package on a Aptly repository using its API. It also could be used with Gitlab CI to define a publishing job.

This plugin will try to :

  • List all changes files in the specified directory and filter on the specified source package name (if specified)
  • Iter on detected changes files and foreach of then:
  • the changes file is parsed to detect the source package name, the distribution and included files
  • the repository name is computed (if not specified). Format: {prefix}_{distribution}_{component}. Note: if the default prefix is specified (.), it will not be used to compute the repository name.
  • the current published distribution is retrieved using APTLY Publish API to:
    • check it was already manally published a first time
    • check it used a snapshot kind of sources
    • retrieve other components source snapshot
  • Upload the changes file and all its included files using APTLY File Upload API in a directory named as the source package
  • Include the changes file using APTLY Local Repos API
  • Compute a snapshot name for the repository based on the current date and the repository name. Format: YYYYMMDD-HHMMSS_{repository name}
  • Create a snapshot of the repository using APTLY Local Repos API
  • Update the published distribution with this new snapshot as source of the specified component and keeping other components source snapshot.

In case of error, it will exit with a detailed error message (within the limits of what is provided by the Aptly API).



With Woodpecker CI

The below pipeline configuration demonstrates simple usage as Woodpecker CI plugin:

    image: brenard/aptly-publish
      api_url: https://your.aptly.tld/api
      api_username: myproject
        from_secret: aptly_api_password
      prefix: debian
      repo_component: main
      repo_name: debian_stable_main
      path: dist
      source_name: myproject
      max_retries: 2
      force_overwrite: true


  • api_url: Your Aptly API URL (required)
  • api_username: Username to authenticate on your Aptly API (required)
  • api_password: Password to authenticate on your Aptly API (required)
  • prefix: The publishing prefix (optional, default: .)
  • repo_component: The component name to publish on (optional, default: main)
  • repo_name: The repository name to publish on. If not specified, it will be computed using the specified prefix and component and the detected package distribution. See above for details.
  • path: Path to the directory where files to publish are stored (optional, default: dist)
  • source_name: Name of the source package to publish (optional, default: all changes files are will be publish)
  • max_retries: The number of retry in case of error calling the Aptly API (optional, default: no retry)
  • force_overwrite: When publishing, overwrite files in pool/ directory without notice (optional, default: false)

With Gitlab CI

The following pipeline configuration demonstrates a simple usage to build and publish a debian package:

  - build
  - publish

  image: debian:11
  stage: build
    - if: $CI_COMMIT_TAG
    - ./build.sh
      - dist/*

    name: brenard/aptly-publish:latest
    entrypoint: ["/bin/sh", "-c"]
  stage: publish
    APTLY_API_URL: "https://your.aptly.tld/api"
    APTLY_API_USERNAME: myproject
    APTLY_PREFIX: "debian"
    APTLY_REPO_NAME: "debian_stable_main"
    APTLY_PATH: "dist"
    APTLY_SOURCE_NAME: "myproject"
    - echo "Publish Bullseye debian packages on APT repository..."
    - aptly-publish
    - 'build'
    - if: $CI_COMMIT_TAG

The parameters are passed using environment variables as designed with a Woodpecker CI plugin. Consequently, you could refer to the previous section for details about these parameters. For the password to request Aptly API, you have to set the APTLY_API_PASSWORD CI variable in your Gitlab project configuration (be sure to check Masked variable).