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nx based affected targets

Nx is a popular build framework for monorepos that focuses in simplicity. Like many other distributed build frameworks, the core concept is around identifying the targets that are affected in a change, and using a build cache. These same concepts can also be used for optimizing MergeQueue builds.

GitHub Action

GitHub action might be the easiest way to fetch the affected targets and push that to Aviator API. Here’s an example of how you can setup such a GitHub Action. You can also find this code in action in nx-examples repository fork.
name: Fetch Aviator targets
runs-on: ubuntu-latest
working-directory: .
- uses: actions/checkout@v4
- uses: actions/setup-node@v3
node-version: '18'
cache: 'yarn'
- run: yarn install
- run: |
set -euo pipefail
git fetch origin $GITHUB_BASE_REF
PR_NUMBER=${{ github.event.number }}
TARGETS_JSON=$(npx nx show projects --affected --base FETCH_HEAD --head HEAD --json)
curl -X POST -H "Authorization: Bearer ${{ secrets.AVIATOR_API_TOKEN }}" \
-H "Content-Type: application/json" \
-d '{
"action": "update",
"pull_request": {
"number": '"$PR_NUMBER"',
"repository": {"name": "nx-examples", "org": "aviator-co"},
"affected_targets": '"$TARGETS_JSON"'

A few things to note

  • It is recommended to store the API access token as AVIATOR_API_TOKEN in GitHub secrets. or replace the secrets above
  • There are two separate action for the pull_request API: update and queue. If you use update API, these affected targets information is sent to Aviator. A developer can then queue the PR asynchronously. If using the update API, you should call this GitHub action every time a new commit is added to the PR.
  • Alternatively, you can submit this as a queue action when the PR is ready to be queued. In that case, the information is submitted to the Aviator MergeQueue while queueing the PR in the same step.