Test PBIs/9.2

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The previous section indicated that new PBI modules are uploaded to the PBI build server so that they can be built and tested. This section describes the two ways you can assist in testing PBIs.
Figure 11.6a: Viewing the Status of PBIs on the Build Server

Test PBIs Waiting for Approval

If you wish to help test a PBI before it has been approved, go to the build server[1] as shown in Figure 11.6a.

Find the name of the PBI you wish to test in the "Module" column and click its hyperlink. You can then download the file with the .pbi extension. Once downloaded, run pbi_add /path/to/pbi to install the PBI. If you find any problems with the PBI, send an email to the PBI-dev[2] mailing list describing how to recreate the problem. Include the text of any error messages you receive.

Investigate or Fix a Failed Build

You can try to resolve PBI modules that have a "Build Status" of "FAILED". If you click on the name of a failed module, you can download the file named last_100.log for that module. This file is in ASCII text so it can be viewed in any text editor.

If you think you know the cause of the problem after reading the error messages, you can review the PBI's module by clicking its "git" hyperlink. If you decide to copy/paste a file in order to edit it locally, click the "Raw" link for the file.

If you make an edit to correct the problem, send the modified file (or a diff) to the PBI-dev[2] mailing list so the changes can be uploaded to the build server.

  • Find matching or more contemporary documentation on the Colophon page.
  • Concept deprecated although build server url is functional.
  • Build or testing may now involve pkg instead which places more of the responsibility for successful builds upon port maintainers and pkg structure.
  • Request for specific customization of build options is possible.


  1. http://pbibuild64.pcbsd.org/
  2. 2.0 2.1 http://lists.pcbsd.org/mailman/listinfo/pbi-dev
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