Syncing your project¶
Syncing is supposed to integrate any changes to the mlf-core templates back into your already existing project.
mlf-core sync is invoked, mlf-core checks whether a new version of the corresponding template for the current project is available.
If so, mlf-core creates a temporary project with the most recent template and pushes it to the
Next, a temporary sync branch is created to avoid pushing and manipulating the TEMPLATE branch (called
new-version being the
updated templates version). Finally, a pull request is submitted to the
development branch from this branch.
The syncing process is configurable by setting the desired lower syncing boundary level and blacklisting files from syncing (see Enable/Disable sync).
Requirements for sync¶
For syncing to work properly, your project has to satisfy a few things:
A Github repository with your projects code (private or public, organization or non-organization repository).
.mlf_core.ymlfile. If you modify this file, which you should never do, syncing may not be able to recreate the project with the most recent template.
An active repository secret called
CT_SYNC_TOKENfor your project’s repository containing the encrypted personal access token with at least
A running, unmodified workflow called
sync_project.yml. Modifying this workflow should never be done and results in undefined sync behaviour.
Points 3 and 4 are only required when not syncing manually.
To sync your project manually, simply run
$ mlf-core sync [PROJECT_DIR] [PAT] [GITHUB_USERNAME]
PROJECT_DIR[CWD] : The path to the
PAT[Configured pat] : A Github personal access token with at least the
sync_project.ymlGithub workflow uses the PAT set as a Github secret.
GITHUB_USERNAME[Configured username] : The Github username to submit a pull request from. The supplied PAT has to be associated with this username.
CT_SYNC_SECRETof your project’s repo to a new PAT. Note that the Github username and the PAT must still match for automatic syncing to work.
check-update: Check, whether a new release of a template for an already existing project is available.
Mlf-core aims to provide the user as much configuration as possible. So, the sync feature is optional and should also
be switched on or off. If you want to enable sync (which is the default), the
sync_enable accepts the following values:
True, true, Yes, yes, Y, y. To disable sync,
simply change this value into
False, false, No, no, N, n. It can be configured in the:
[sync] sync_enabled = True
Since mlf-core strongly adheres to semantic versioning our templates do too. Hence, it is customizable whether only major, minor or all (= patch level) releases of the template should trigger mlf-core sync. The sync level therefore specifies a lower boundary. It can be configured in the:
[sync_level] ct_sync_level = minor
Although, mlf-core only submits pull requests for files, which are part of the template, sometimes even those files should be ignored.
Examples could be any html files, which ,at some point, contain only custom content and should not be synced.
When syncing, mlf-core examines the
mlf_core.cfg file and ignores any file patterns (globs) (e.g.
*.html) below the
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you would like to add some files to this section, make sure your current branch (if you are syncing manually, which is not recommended) or your default branch
has the latest blacklisted sync file section with your changes, so it will be used by the sync.