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Travis allows caching, which we can use to store python package dependencies.
This may help with issues related to downloading packages from pypi and sourceforge, which can sometimes fail. (T106062: Travis builds failing due to 403 downloading pYsearch from may be an instance of this).

Travis provides a simple mechanism for this, via cache: pip. This depends on the install phase being empty, which was achieved with rPWBC0222b4090dc7: Sync requirements.txt with
The result of this can be seen on

Collecting pYsearch (from -r requirements.txt (line 9))
  pYsearch is potentially insecure and unverifiable.
Collecting google>=1.7 (from -r requirements.txt (line 10))
  Using cached google-1.7-py2-none-any.whl

From that, it seems that only google is cached, but pYsearch isnt. Which may mean pip isnt storing pYsearch in the pip cache, or the travis cacher isnt caching everything in the pip cache.


Related Gerrit Patches:
pywikibot/core : masterEnable pip caching

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jayvdb created this task.Jul 16 2015, 6:18 PM
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iirc, from a week ago, there was a problem with py2.6 caching, and I tried upgrading pip to solve it.

jayvdb added a comment.EditedJul 17 2015, 3:36 PM

Travis CI # 1531 Make pip use wheels for common packages deals directly with this problem.

Currently, cache: pip isnt an overall benefit for us. After rPWBC0222b4090dc7: Sync requirements.txt with, our builds are taking approx. 1 hr 45 min. With cache: pip, first build on each branch is 2 hrs, and the second build is approx. 1 hr 50 mins. While caching the downloads does reduce the dependency on the pypi website, it does not eliminate it as pip still downloads the pypi /simple/foo/ page for each package in order to determine the current version to use.

On Python 2.x, using pip version 6.0.7 (default on Travis), only requests and six are cached. Everything else is downloaded, and the install phase takes 60.49s.

Upgrading to pip 7 solves the problem on Python 2.6, causing pyOpenSSL, google, beautifulsoup4, pyparsing, requests_toolbelt & requests_oauthlib to also be reported as cached, and the install phase takes 6.29s.

Upgrading to pip 7 does not solve the problem on Python 2.7, with the install phase taking 79.29s:

I havent worked out why pip on Python 2.7 isnt working properly. We may need to help our dependency projects to work better with pip caching.

One alternative approach is to use pip2pi to do the caching, but IMO these improvements should be made to the travis-ci 'pip' cacher rather than us building our own travis caching infrastructure. However I am not sure whether travis-build and casher is all of the code for the caching infrastructure.

Change 225105 had a related patch set uploaded (by John Vandenberg):
Enable pip caching

Also if we do enable pip caching while it is a 'per branch cache', we should probably override the cacher so it only works on the 'wikimedia' account, or only on 'master', as it doesnt have much benefit for developer branches to have their own cache created, as it is rare for additional builds to occur on the same developer branch due to our gerrit workflow.

pip caching not working on Python 2.7. Upstream :
pip caching doesnt support dependencies which are in a VCS and not released onto PYPI. Upstream :

jayvdb moved this task from Backlog to Reported Upstream on the Upstream board.
AbdealiJK moved this task from Backlog to Upstream on the Pywikibot-tests board.May 5 2016, 3:52 AM

Needs retesting..

We dont use pYsearch any more, and all of our dependencies should now be in pypi.

Also, pip has seen a few releases since this task was created, so maybe the problem is now magically fixed.

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Change 225105 merged by jenkins-bot:
[pywikibot/core@master] Enable pip caching

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Does not shorten test time so that patch could be reverted.