We have authored a CircleCI orb. It’s relatively simple, this is what it does:
- record the current
- make a call to our API with the above information
- return some value to the user to be used for other jobs
A user can use any version of the orb. We would like to identify the version of the orb that the job is using, and pass that to the API. I do not see a corresponding env var in the current list. Is there an environment variable (or could we request one) to get the version of the orb currently used?
Hi @elliott-king ,
Thanks for sharing the details!
I understand the problem as: How can an Orb know which version it is itself, so that it can use that information (e.g., sending it as part of a payload to an API endpoint)?
I also noted you have filed a feature request on our Ideas board here. Thank you!
Currently, there is no direct way to retrieve that information within the scope of the Orb’s operation. In other words, I understand that there is no existing environment variables or so to reveal the Orb version.
The workaround I can think of right now, is to simply pass the orb version as a command / job parameter then. This is definitely not the “smartest” way, but arguably simple although slightly labored in my opinion.
my_orb: &my_orb_version firstname.lastname@example.org
# passes the fully qualified namespace/orb@version
This would mean updating the Orb’s job / command definition to take in a new parameter then.
Hope this helps provide a next step for now!