Linux Build Server for Visual Studio Online (VSTS/VSO)

Setting up a Linux build server for VSTS is not as straightforward as it first seems. Below are my notes on setting one up...

Pre-requisites

Official docs on pre-reqs: https://github.com/Microsoft/vsts-agent/blob/master/docs/start/envubuntu.md

Install the VSTS agent on Ubuntu

https://www.visualstudio.com/en-gb/docs/build/actions/agents/v2-linux

~/$ wget https://github.com/Microsoft/vsts-agent/releases/download/v2.111.1/vsts-agent-osx.10.11-x64-2.111.1.tar.gz
~/$ mkdir vstsagent && cd vstsagent
~/vstsagent$ tar zxvf ~/vsts-agent-osx.10.11-x64-2.111.1.tar.gz

Service configuration

Running config.sh currently fails with: Failed to initialize CoreCLR, HRESULT: 0x80131500

This is due to compatibility issues with the icu library v55 on 16.04.
To install v52 run the following...

wget http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/i/icu/libicu52_52.1-8ubuntu0.2_amd64.deb  
sudo dpkg -i libicu52_52.1-8ubuntu0.2_amd64.deb  

Now you can continue with the documented steps...

run the configuration tool

~/vstsagent$ ./config.sh

You will be asked for the following...

Replace myhost with your VSTS instance...

URL: https://myhost.visualstudio.com

PAT (Personal access token): can be found in your account security section

The agent should be configured to run as a service...

https://github.com/Microsoft/vsts-agent/blob/master/docs/start/svcsystemd.md

Known issues

PATH updates

If you ever update PATH this will not automatically be reflected in VSO agent metadata. The workaround is to run run the following...

# update the vso PATH metadata
~/vstsagent/env.sh 
# restart the vso agent service
~/vstsagent/svc.sh stop
~/vstsagent/svc.sh start

Guy Harwood

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