The infrastructure team manages an instance of Homu called “Bors”, to be used by repositories inside the rust-lang organization. The instance is available at, and is backed by the @bors GitHub account.

The service is configured with Terraform, and it’s automatically deployed from the rust-lang/homu repository onto our ECS cluster.

Maintenance procedures

Fixing inconsistencies in the queue

Homu is quite buggy, and it might happen that the queue doesn’t reflect the actual state in the repositories. This can be fixed by pressing the “Synchronize” button in the queue page. Note that the synchronization process itself is a bit buggy, and it might happen that PRs which were approved but failed are re-approved again on their own.

Adding a new repository to bors

There are multiple steps needed to add a repository to our Bors instance:

  1. The @bors GitHub account needs to be granted write access to the repository.

  2. Each CI provider needs to have a single GitHub Check Run to gate on. This is not provided by default on GitHub Actions, but it can be simulated with these two jobs, which will generate a bors build finished check:

      name: bors build finished
      if: success()
      runs-on: ubuntu-latest
      needs: [ALL, OTHER, JOBS]
        - name: Mark the job as successful
          run: exit 0
      name: bors build finished
      if: "!success()"
      runs-on: ubuntu-latest
      needs: [ALL, OTHER, JOBS]
        - name: Mark the job as a failure
          run: exit 1

    Make sure to replace [ALL, OTHER, JOBS] with a list of all the jobs you want to gate on.

    These jobs need to run on specific branches (auto and try) so it’s necessary to add those branches to the list of branches tested by the CI provider. For GitHub Actions that looks like this:

           branches: [ 
             auto,   # Added for bors
             try     # Added for bors
  3. Add the repository name to the bors permissions array in the team repository, and grant the permission to the right teams or people. You can see an example of adding bors permissions to a team here.

  4. Add the repository to the repositories map in the Terraform configuration file. This will create a webhook and inject its secret key in the bors execution environment.

  5. Add the repository to the Bors configuration, taking inspiration from other repositories. Note that the environment variables used in that config will be set automatically as long as you completed step 3 above.

  6. Give it a test by commenting @bors ping in any PR. If you get a response back, you can then try to approve the PR with @bors r+.