Debugging a Task


Tasks which run in Docker can often be debugged locally, and any task can be debugged through Taskcluster.

For failures that appear to originate within the task itself, consider debugging locally. For failures that appear to come from Taskcluster's features, debug with Taskcluster.

Debugging locally

You can run a task on any computer with Docker installed.

First, navigate to your task in the task inspector and select the "task details" tab.

If the payload section of the task details specifies any features or capabilities, additional setup may be needed in order to successfully run the task locally.

Find the image section of the task details. If the image ID is a string, you can run the image locally with docker run --rm --ti your-image-string bash -li.

If the image is configured in another way, consult your project's documentation for troubleshooting instructions.

Debugging with Taskcluster

Taskcluster has an "interactive" mode with which you can get a terminal and/or VNC connection to a running task execution environment.

There are two ways to access this mode. The easiest is to enter the task's ID in the task inspector. Under "actions", select "create interactive task". If you have permission to create tasks directly (rather than by pushing to a version-control server) then you can use this option. Some projects also provide actions to create interactive tasks. You will need to be signed in, of course!

Once the new task starts, click the big "shell" button, and there you are.

The slightly harder way is to re-create the task with task.payload.features.interactive set to true. You can do this directly by calling the queue.createTask API method, or for a gecko task by adding --interactive to your try invocation.


Using the Shell

A few notes are in order before you get too excited about your newfound shell access:

All of which is to say, this is a good environment for poking around to see what's going on, but you may find yourself disappointed if you try to use it as a development environment.