All you need to need to know about setting up Jenkins if you don’t want to RTFM

I needed to installing Jenkins from scratch and setting up a job and of course reading the documentation beforehand never even crossed my mind.  So this is how it went.

Installing Jenkins was a 2 second job.  Double click on the setup file and click Next once or twice (I can’t remember) and you can head to http://localhost:8080 and check out your brand new Jenkins Dashboard.  +1 for easy set up.

I then proceeded to set up a job to get my source code from SVN and build it using a Ant job.  This was also pretty straight forward but when I ran the build I got an error saying:

$ cmd.exe /C '"ant.bat && exit %%ERRORLEVEL%%"'
'ant.bat' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file.
Build step 'Invoke Ant' marked build as failure

Shock and confusion were my initial reactions since I had Ant in my classpath on my machine.  It took me a little while to realize that Jenkins was not using the environment variables on the machine which mean the cheeky bugger was using it’s own environment variables.

Luckily this was found in the obvious place: in Manage Jenkins (on the menu on the left side of the page) -> Configure System.  In here I added my JDK and Ant path and saved the configuration.  You will need to give the JDK and Ant configuration a name and the installation folder if you chose not to use the automatic installation option.  (Don’t forget to click the Save button at the bottom of the page)

After doing this I also had to go back to the configuration for my job and change the Ant task and change the “Ant version” value to the Ant configuration configuration otherwise Jenkins will use the default one and you’ll continue getting the error.

And then the build worked.

(I love happy endings.)



Interesting wall in the Alexanderplatz U bahn station in Berlin.

A name that starts with V


I saw this shop when I was walking on the street. Classic.

Building of Gold

Building of Gold

Another shot from my Canary Wharf photowalk.  This was taken about half an hour before the sunset.  The sun just gave this building an amazing yellow glow.  I wished I could have made it back to take another shot during sunset to see if it would turn pink and purple.


Reflection in Canary Wharf

I’ve been pretty busy this week so haven’t had a chance to take any mobile shots so I thought I would share some shots from my Canary Wharf photowalk.