DATASTAR: Get Sources


For a specified work item, this script will pull the .xml release control files for that work item and create 1 manifest file(.mf) for each .xml file and it will build the appropriate folder structure for the files contained in those scripts. A typical release\deployment file will look like as follows:

<Deployment VcsType="tfs">
    <Item Version="{CHANGESETID}" Path=""/>

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Task Parameters

The task can be used to write variables into a file. The task parameters are described in detail below. The parameters listed with a * are required parameters for the task.

  • Manifest Path*: The $ prefixed version control path to manifest file (or folder containing the manifest).

  • Source Path*: The target directory for the source files.

Advanced Options

The following parameters are selectively shown under the Advanced Options:

  • Fail on Standard Error: If this is true, this task will fail if any errors are written to the Standard Error stream.
  • Clean Source Directory If this is true, the task will delete the existing files in the source directory.
  • TFS Repository Uri: This is the URI of the TFS Server, it is not normally necessary to set this value as by default it will use the TFS system variable SYSTEM_TEAMFOUNDATIONCOLLECTIONURI.
  • Bearer Token: Optional OAuth Token, if you wish to use the build pipeline OAuth token then set this to the SYSTEM_ACCESSTOKEN system variable using $(System.AccessToken).
  • User Name: The TFS Web Service calls will use the TFS Agent default credentials unless a user name is specified. If the username is included you must also specify a password.
  • Password: Optional password if not using default credentials. You should use a variable to encrypt the password by marking the variable as secure.
  • Use Proxy Server: If this is true, this task will attempt to go through the agent web proxy, unless a different Proxy Uri is specified.
  • Proxy Uri: Optional Uri for the Proxy Server, if not set it will use the agent web proxy.
  • Proxy Username: Optional, specify a proxy user name unless or leave blank to use default credentials.
  • Proxy Password: Optional password if not using default credentials (Use a variable to encrypt the password by marking the variable as secure).

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