Starting turbo-hipster

Turbo-hipster can be run from the command line:

$ turbo-hipster

This option allows you to pass parameters to turbo-hipster. Use the –help parameter to see a full list.

Short Long Description
-c –config Print the path to the configuration file and exit
-b –background Run as a daemon in the background
-p –pidfile Specify the PID file to lock while running as a daemon

Alternatively, you can start turbo-hipster as a service.

  1. Copy the turbo-hipster init.d script to /etc/init.d/:
$ sudo cp etc/init.d/turbo-hipster /etc/init.d/
  1. Reload the script with the default configuration:
$ sudo update-rc.d turbo-hipster defaults
  1. Start the service:
$ sudo service turbo-hipster start


Plugins can be used to extend turbo-hipster’s capabilities.


Currently, the only available plugin for turbo-hipster is the database migration plugin, real_db_upgrade, which tests code against a variety of real-world databases.

Installing plugins

Turbo-hipster plugins are responsible for handling the jobs that are passed to it. They must successfully build reports and publish them according to their configuration. They must also be able to communicate test results back to Zuul using Gearman.

Plugins must take a standard format in order to be able to work correctly with turbo-hipster. They must contain a file with a Runner class.

Once you have created a turbo-hipster plugin, you need to configure it in the config.yaml configuration file.

Plugin: Database migration with real_db_upgrade

The database migration plugin, real_db_upgrade, is used to test datasets against real-world, anonymized, databases.

Migrating a database

In order to use turbo-hipster with the real_db_upgrade plugin, you need to set up the databases to test against, and point to the plugin in turbo-hipster’s configuration file.

  1. Create a directory for the datasets:
$ mkdir -p /var/lib/turbo-hipster/datasets
  1. Copy the json dataset to the directory you created:
$ cp /my/dataset.json /var/lib/turbo-hipster/datasets/

3. Open the /etc/turbo-hipster/config.yaml file in your preferred editor, locate the plugins section, and add this line:


Testing with turbo-hipster

When turbo-hipster completes a test, it sends the result of the test back to Gearman. These results contain a link to a compiled log file for the test.

If the test fails, or takes too long to complete, turbo-hipster will add a review to your patchset that looks like this:


Test failure codes

This section gives a list of failure codes, including some steps you can take for troubleshooting errors:

FAILURE - Did not find the end of a migration after a start

If you look at the log you should find that a migration began but never finished. Hopefully there’ll be a traceroute for you to follow through to get some hints about why it failed.

WARNING - Migration %s took too long

In this case your migration took a long time to run against one of the test datasets. You should reconsider what operations your migration is performing and see if there are any optimizations you can make, or if it is really necessary. If there is no way to speed up your migration you can email us at for an exception.

FAILURE - Final schema version does not match expectation

Somewhere along the line the migrations stopped and did not reach the expected version. Our datasets start at previous releases and have to upgrade all the way through to the most current release. If you see this, inspect the log for traceroutes or other hints about the failure.

FAILURE - Could not setup seed database. FAILURE - Could not find seed database.

These errors are internal errors. If you see either of these, contact us at to let us know so we can fix and rerun the tests for you.

FAILURE - Could not import required module.

This error probably shouldn’t happen as Jenkins should catch it in the unit tests before Turbo-Hipster launches. If you see this, please contact us at and let us know.

If you receive an error that you think is a false positive, leave a comment on the review with the sole contents of “recheck migrations”.

If you have any questions/problems please contact us at