Feature Request: Effective Variables

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07 Nov, 2017 02:48 PM

I would like to see Octopus have a variable preview function so you can provide it some parameters and it will return to you the variables it will consider using in a deploy (without doing a deploy).

In my library of variables, I end up with many copies of the same variable name but with different values and scope configurations and its difficult to evaluate them by hand.

Parameter: Project
Scope Parameter: Environments
Scope Parameter: Roles
Scope Parameter: Targets

A list of variables and their values filtered by the scope parameters.

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Nick Josevski on 07 Nov, 2017 11:51 PM

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    Thanks for getting in touch. That would be a nice feature, and we've had a few customers ask for it, there's a "Dry Run" UserVoice suggestion, and it is in our feature backlog https://octopusdeploy.uservoice.com/forums/170787-general/suggestio... You can add your voice to that thread, and vote for it too :)

    A complete dry run is complex, so we scaled back the objective in line with what you're suggesting.

    Earlier this year we thought we would be able to deliver that feature, but our focus for the last few months has been on; Version 4 UI changes, performance, deploying Java applications, Let's Encrypt integration, and general stability.

    Sorry I can't give you a concrete timeline for that feature. Follow our blog https://octopus.com/blog to stay on top of what features are coming, as anything of reasonable size/complexity has a public RFC. When we do get that feature we will absolutely talk about it on the blog.


  2. Support Staff 2 Posted by Nick Josevski on 08 Nov, 2017 03:46 AM

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    Hello again :)

    I forgot to mention, we've done some work in the v4 UI to make filtering of variables easier and faster, you can achieve a similar outcome by using the Show Filter button to bring up the panel, and put in the combination of environments you want to see.

    You can try this out on a public accessible test environment we have running for v4, you can sign in as a guest. Here's a deep link to an example project with a set of test variables: https://frontend-refactor.octopushq.com/app#/projects/variables-siz...

    If you wanted to compare 2 sets of filtering, just open 2 side by side browser windows and give them each different filters.


  3. Paul Stovell closed this discussion on 18 Feb, 2018 10:20 PM.

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