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Does that build contain my fix?

Have you ever wondered if a build includes a fix?

Perhaps you’re in QA and you want to ensure you’re testing the right build, or perhaps you’re a developer and you want to make sure that your changes made it into a build. Either way, Rational Team Concert makes it easy.

Let’s look at how you can do it with the RTC client for Eclipse:

  • Step 1: Open the work item that contains the change sets you care about.
  • Step 2: Right-click on the work item header and run Locate Change Sets from the context menu.

    The context menu for the work item editor

    The context menu for the work item editor

  • Step 3: Open the Build view on the builds that you care about. The most common way to do this is by double clicking on a build definition in the Team Artifacts view.
  • Step 4: In the Builds view, select the build result(s) and drag them into the Search Targets section of the Locate Change Sets editor. If the build result has a corresponding build snapshot, it will be added as a search target.

    Drag the build results onto Locate Change Set editor

Et voilà! The Locate Change Set editor tells you which builds have the change sets:

Result of locating change sets for specific builds

Locate Change Set editor showing the builds containing two change sets

This feature can come in handy when you’re living the devops dream and you want to verify that your latest server build really does contain a fix.

See the documentation for more information on using Locate Change Sets in the RTC client for Eclipse. You can do the same thing in Visual Studio. The command line has similar functionality, but without the drag-and-drop interface.

Evan Hughes
Software Development