Understanding the directory structure created by Azure DevOps

Understanding the directory structure created by Azure DevOps

  1. build.artifactstagingdirectory:

    • Explanation: This typically refers to the directory where build artifacts (compiled binaries, packages, etc.) are staged or copied during the build process. These artifacts are the result of successfully building the code and are often used in subsequent stages of the CI/CD pipeline.

    • Example: In a build script, you might specify that the compiled application or library should be copied to $(Build.ArtifactStagingDirectory).

  2. build.stagingdirectory:

    • Explanation: This is similar to build.artifactstagingdirectory and may be used interchangeably. It's the directory where files are staged during the build process. The staged files might include not only the final build artifacts but also other necessary files for deployment.

    • Example: You could configure your build process to stage required files, such as configuration files or scripts, in $(Build.StagingDirectory).

  3. build.binarydirectory:

    • Explanation: This term is not as standard as the others, but it may refer to the directory where binary files (compiled code) are stored during the build process. This could be similar to build.artifactstagingdirectory.

    • Example: You might set up a build script to output compiled binaries to $(Build.BinaryDirectory).

  4. buildsourcedirectory:

    • Explanation: This usually refers to the directory where the source code for the project is located during the build process. It is the starting point for the build, where the build system looks for source files.

    • Example: In a build configuration, you might specify that the source code is located in $(Build.SourcesDirectory).

  5. system.defaultworkingdirectory:

    • Explanation: This typically represents the default working directory for the system or process. It's the directory in which tasks or scripts are executed in a CI/CD pipeline.

    • Example: A task in a CI/CD pipeline might implicitly or explicitly use $(System.DefaultWorkingDirectory) as its working directory when executing commands or scripts.

Please note that the actual usage may vary depending on the CI/CD tool or platform you're working with, so it's essential to refer to the documentation of the specific system you are using for accurate and detailed information.

  1. /a:

    • Uses: This is the working directory for agent 'a.'

    • References: It is referenced as Agent.WorkFolder.

  2. /a/1/a:

    • Uses: Artifact staging directory. This is where the results of the Visual Studio (VS) Build task are stored. The publish build artifacts task creates an artifact from the contents of this folder. It's important to note that the contents of this directory are purged before each new build.

    • References: It is referenced by Build.StagingDirectory, System.ArtifactsDirectory, and Build.ArtifactStagingDirectory.

  3. /a/1/b:

    • Uses: This is the output folder for compiled binaries.

    • References: It is referenced by Build.BinariesDirectory.

  4. /a/1/s:

    • Uses: Source directory. This is the working directory where your source code is stored.

    • References: It is referenced by Build.SourcesDirectory and System.DefaultWorkingDirectory.