Useful scripts

A couple of useful stand-alone scripts are provided along with the EasyBuild framework.

The latest stable version of these scripts is available in the easybuild-framework GitHub repository at

This documentation provides some information on how to use these scripts.

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To fix easyconfig files that are broken due to relying on functionality that is no longer supported in EasyBuild v2.x, the script can be used.

This script rewrites easyconfig files that are broken because they still:

The script accepts a list of easyconfig files or directories containing easyconfig files (.eb) as arguments, and will consider all easyconfig files it can find.

Only easyconfig files that are considered broken (according to one or more of the aspects listed above) are patched; other easyconfigs will be left untouched.

To determine whether easyblock = 'ConfigureMake' should be added in an easyconfig file that does not include any easyblock specification yet, the easyblocks available in the active Python search path (i.e., the ones listed in the output of eb --list-easyblocks, see also List of available easyblocks, --list-easyblocks) are taken into account.

A backup copy is created for each easyconfig file that is being patched.

Example usage:

$ python easybuild/scripts/ broken.eb myeasyconfigs GCC-4.9.2.eb
== 2015-03-05 17:02:22,438 fix_broken_easyconfigs.FIX_BROKEN_EASYCONFIGS INFO Processing 3 easyconfigs
== 2015-03-05 17:02:22,454 fix_broken_easyconfigs.FIX_BROKEN_EASYCONFIGS INFO Backed up broken.eb to broken.eb.bk
== 2015-03-05 17:02:22,454 fix_broken_easyconfigs.FIX_BROKEN_EASYCONFIGS INFO broken.eb: fixed
== 2015-03-05 17:02:22,458 fix_broken_easyconfigs.FIX_BROKEN_EASYCONFIGS INFO /home/example/myeasyconfigs/HPL-2.1-intel-2015a.eb: nothing to fix
== 2015-03-05 17:02:22,461 fix_broken_easyconfigs.FIX_BROKEN_EASYCONFIGS INFO GCC-4.9.2.eb: nothing to fix

This results in broken.eb being rewritten/fixed, after creating a backup copy broken.eb.bk:

$ diff -u broken.eb.bk broken.eb
--- broken.eb.bk    2015-02-25 14:45:52.000000000 +0100
+++ broken.eb       2015-03-05 16:51:44.000000000 +0100
@@ -1,4 +1,6 @@
 # licenseheader
+easyblock = 'ConfigureMake'
 name = 'foo'
 version = '1.2.3'

@@ -7,7 +9,7 @@

 toolchain = {'name': 'bar', 'version': '3.2.1'}

-premakeopts = 'FOO=libfoo.%s' % shared_lib_ext
-makeopts = 'CC=gcc'
+prebuildopts = 'FOO=libfoo.%s' % SHLIB_EXT
+buildopts = 'CC=gcc'

-license = 'foo.lic'
+license_file = 'foo.lic'

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A script to set up an EasyBuild development environment. For more information, see Installation of latest development version using provided script.

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When using --from-pr in combination with -upload-test-report (see, you can end up with a bunch of gists in your GitHub account containing test reports, that may no longer be relevant.

To help with that the script is available, to clean up gists containing test reports:

  • -p: delete all gists from closed pull requests (default action if no other action is specified)
  • -a: delete all gists generated by Easybuild
  • -o: delete all gists without a matching pull request (created by using -upload-test-report without --from-pr)

By default, the script will use the same GitHub account that Easybuild uses (see --github-user); to specify a different GitHub account, use -g.

The script expects that a valid GitHub token for the used GitHub account username is available, see Installing a GitHub token (--install-github-token).