Community AMA: Lights, Camera, Actions!

You’ve got GitHub Actions questions and @ethomson, Product Manager, has answers! Our very own @thomasshaped will guest-host the upcoming Community AMA on November 19, 2021, from 8:30 - 9 AM PST. Register now and bring all your Actions-packed questions. We’re looking forward to helping you be more efficient in 30 minutes.

Edward Thomson is a product manager for GitHub Actions. Before becoming a product manager, he was a software engineer for several version control products, including the Git tooling at Microsoft and GitHub. His favorite action is GitHub - jeffrafter/honk-action: Honk 🗯.

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If you can’t make the session, drop your question(s) in the comments and we’ll be sure to answer them.

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Since Actions has been getting so much buzz, we thought we’d kick tomorrow’s AMA off with currently unanswered topics!

So @diafour, @alesapin, @vladislav-naydenov, @shanmukhsumanth, @tunetheweb, @gnarea@thomasshaped and @ethomson will be discussing your topics–hope to see you there! :smiley:

Confusing error message on workflow_dispatch trigger
Custom reports URLs in workflow
Cannot connect to SQL Server from GitHub action
GitHub Actions on-premise VM deployment from Self hosted runner
GitHub Actions if statements can easily be coded incorrectly
Can’t call reusable workflow: “Unexpected value ‘uses’”

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Thank you all for joining and participating in today’s awesome Actions-packed AMA. For those who missed it–fear not, you can catch it on-demand! :smile_cat:

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If you have questions you didn’t get a chance to ask @ethomson, feel free to post in a comment below :point_down:t4:

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Hi, wonder if anyone can help with what seems like I’m missing something obvious.

We have a branch which builds via an action on hosted runners no problem. However when a PR is created from it, the same build then fails. It’s a very simple action with nothing different about building it on a pr vs a branch builds in the yaml.

Any ideas at all!?

And, on a completely different note, do you think Github would ever publish the iac that they use to build the hosted runners, so we could build our own but with more cores/ram? Or even what stack the runners are built with presumably using iac?

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Hi @andrewgbell - I’m not sure offhand, how is the PR job failing?

As for your question about the hosted runners, our virtual environments are open source; we build our VM images using Packer and all the configuration for our different environments is in the repo.