Glossary

base job
A job with no parent. A base job may only be defined in a config-project. Multiple base jobs may be defined, but each tenant has a single default job which will be used as the parent of any job which does not specify one explicitly.
check
By convention, the name of a pipeline which performs pre-merge tests. Such a pipeline might be triggered by creating a new change or pull request. It may run with changes which have not yet seen any human review, so care must be taken in selecting the kinds of jobs to run, and what resources will be available to them in order to avoid misuse of the system or credential compromise.
config-project
One of two types of projects which may be specified by the administrator in the tenant config file. A config-project is primarily tasked with holding configuration information and job content for Zuul. Jobs which are defined in a config-project are run with elevated privileges, and all Zuul configuration items are available for use. It is expected that changes to config-projects will undergo careful scrutiny before being merged.
gate
By convention, the name of a pipeline which performs project gating. Such a pipeline might be triggered by a core team member approving a change or pull request. It should have a dependent pipeline manager so that it can combine and sequence changes as they are approved.
reporter
A reporter is a pipeline attribute which describes the action performed when an item is dequeued after its jobs complete. Reporters are implemented by Drivers so their actions may be quite varied. For example, a reporter might leave feedback in a remote system on a proposed change, send email, or store information in a database.
trusted execution context
Playbooks defined in a config-project run in the trusted execution context. The trusted execution context has access to all Ansible features, including the ability to load custom Ansible modules.
untrusted execution context
Playbooks defined in an untrusted-project run in the untrusted execution context. Playbooks run in the untrusted execution context are not permitted to load additional Ansible modules or access files outside of the restricted environment prepared for them by the executor. In addition to the bubblewrap environment applied to both execution contexts, in the untrusted context some standard Ansible modules are replaced with versions which prohibit some actions, including attempts to access files outside of the restricted execution context. These redundant protections are made as part of a defense-in-depth strategy.
untrusted-project
One of two types of projects which may be specified by the administrator in the tenant config file. An untrusted-project is one whose primary focus is not to operate Zuul, but rather it is one of the projects being tested or deployed. The Zuul configuration language available to these projects is somewhat restricted, and jobs defined in these projects run in a restricted execution environment since they may be operating on changes which have not yet undergone review.