Use case: setup SQUAD with LAVA


Once SQUAD installation is complete, a typical use case would be integrating it with a LAVA instance. The purpose of this use case is to describe a step-by-step set up of SQUAD with LAVA to submit and fetch jobs. If you haven’t yet set up SQUAD, take a step back and follow Installation Instructions for production environments

Setting up a LAVA instance

LAVA has its own extensive documentation on how to get a server up and running. If you don’t have it already, please refer to LAVA installation to configure yourself one. From this point it’s taken that you have enough access to a running LAVA v2 instance that jobs can be submitted to and fetched from.

Note:Make sure that your LAVA instance has event notifications enabled, as it is disabled by default. See LAVA event notifications for details.

Creating a Backend for a LAVA instance

Log in into SQUAD admin view (/admin) and access ci > backends > add backend for inclusion form. Fill up accordingly:

  • name: name of the backend. Example:
  • url: LAVA RPC2 endpoint, it’s how SQUAD will communicate with LAVA. Example:
  • username: a LAVA user with enough access to submit jobs
  • token: a generated token for the user above, used to securely connect to the LAVA instance. See LAVA authentication tokens for details
  • implementation type: leave it as lava
  • backend settings: used to spare specific settings for LAVA instances. For details see Backend settings
  • poll interval: number of minutes to wait before fetching a job from LAVA
  • max fetch attempts: max number of times SQUAD will attempt to fetch a job from LAVA
  • poll enabled: if this is disabled SQUAD will not try to poll jobs from LAVA

Creating a Project in SQUAD

SQUAD needs minimal data to start working with LAVA: Group and Project. By logging in the admin view, go to core > groups > add to add a new group and core > projects > add to add a new project. These are trivial to create, but please feel free to contact us if any help is needed.

Submitting and fetching test jobs

Given that all steps above are working correctly, you are ready to submit your first job through SQUAD. You can learn from LAVA documentation how to write new test definitions or use existing ones. For the sake of simplicity, we’ll stick to LAVA’s example of first job and use it to call SQUAD api for submitting a new test job:

curl localhost:8000/api/submitjob/<group-slug>/<project-slug>/<build-version>/<env> \
     --header "Auth-Token: $SQUAD_TOKEN" \
     --form "backend=<backend-name>" \
     --form "definition=@qemu-pipeline-first-job.yaml"

Where group-slug and project-slug are the ones created in steps above, whereas build-version and env do not need to exist before submitting a job. For clarification buid-version is usually a git-commit hash and env is commonly the board target that a job is running. Although it’s not covered in this tutorial, creating a squad-token is straightforward, do so by logging into admin view and go to auth token > tokens > add to add an auth token for a user. Lastly, backend-name is the one created in the sections above.

Extra use cases

The example above showed a simplistic SQUAD instance working along with a LAVA one. More can be done by using SQUAD’s backend API to transform it into a proxy between a CI system (e.g. Jenkins) and a LAVA server. An instance of SQUAD is currently running at and its set up is fully automated through ansible scripts at