[TIP] Running tox on several jenkins jobs are the same time sometimes throws an error

holger krekel holger at merlinux.eu
Tue Feb 19 06:58:01 PST 2013

Hi Pedrod,

On Mon, Feb 18, 2013 at 14:50 -0500, Pedro Rodriguez wrote:
> I'm using Tox with Jenkins to run several selenium tests. Everything is
> good but every now and then I get the follow error:
> IOError: [Errno 2] No such file or directory: '/var/lib/jenkins/.tox/
> jenkins/lib/python2.7/site-packages/Distutils-1.0-py2.7.egg-info'
> Looking at the log (when it works), I think the issue is this:
> Installing collected packages: Distutils
>   Found existing installation: Distutils 1.0
>     Uninstalling Distutils:
>       Removing file or directory
> /var/lib/jenkins/.tox/jenkins/lib/python2.7/site-packages/Distutils-1.0-py2.7.egg-info
>       Successfully uninstalled Distutils
> I think what is happening is that if 2 or more tox are running at the same
> time, while one is Uninstalling Distutils, then another one tries to do the
> same thing (and since the other one already did it, it can't find it and
> throws an IO error).

I am not sure i follow.  There should only ever be one tox instance running
things per virtualenv.  Are you suggesting there are two tox processes
working on the same virtualenv?

> So:
> ToxA -> Finds the Distutils installation
> ToxB -> Also finds it
> ToxA -> Delete it
> ToxB -> Try to delete (fails)
> So my questions are:
> - Why is Distutils being deleted? (noob when it comes to it)

i don't know - it's not something that tox deals with itself.

> - Is there a way to avoid this?
> - How are you guys using Tox with Jenkins? I'm just calling tox -e jenkins
> path/to/test.py. Is there a better way?

did you look at: http://testrun.org/tox/latest//example/jenkins.html ?

> - sbt and other building tools usually have locking mechanisms for these
> kind of things. Why doesn't Tox? (if it does, how do I turn it on?).

There is "detox" which runs tests in parallel but it takes care itself
to not have more than one "tox" instance running per virtualenv.


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