[Jenkins-infra] User management on jenkins-infra Github organisation?

Olblak me at olblak.com
Thu Jan 3 13:47:41 UTC 2019

Hi Everybody,

First of all I wish you a happy new Year.

I am looking for feedback for the best way to manage user permission on
the Github jenkins-infra organization.
The current process is "someone" open a jira ticket requesting for
specific repository permission like INFRA-1925[1] and then a jenkins-
infra admin validate and grant that permission.
While I think opening a jira ticket is still important for visibility,
only few people can grant organization access and so It can take a lot
of time between the moment the permission is requested and approved and
it's time consuming to verify if a request is legitimate or not.
So I am wondering the best way to delegate that decision to SIG
maintainers without compromising the organization.Therefore I suggest the follow approach:

One parent team based on the SIG group name with the same maintainer
than the sig group defined from jenkins.io/sig[2] and with no repository
permission configured at that level is allowed to configured and managed
sub teams.And then each child teams is configured with specific members and
specific repositories permission.The reason why the parent team shouldn't configure repository access, is
because child team inherit parent repository permission.
An example is java11-support[3] where baptiste and oleg have admin
permission on java11-support including child teams. java11-support has
two child teams, java11-support-maintainer and java11-support-reviewer,
with respectively write and read permission on different repositories.
This approach delegates permission management to java11-support
maintainers.Remark: A maintainer can only add repository that he has access to the team he managed.
Another element that regularly come back and doesn't make sense to me is
that we have teams which only have read permission in order to make PR
reviews but those reviews can't be taken into account when we want to
merge Pull request with branch protection enabled, as those reviewers
need write permission.So I wonder if we really need those read only teams .
More information here[4]


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  1. https://issues.jenkins-ci.org/browse/INFRA-1925
  2. https://jenkins.io/sigs/platform/
  3. https://github.com/orgs/jenkins-infra/teams/java11-support
  4. https://help.github.com/articles/about-required-reviews-for-pull-requests/
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