Ensuring files are synced between repos with GitHub Actions

There are cases where you want to keep files in-sync between repos by manually vendoring them, and periodically updating them.

I've been doing this with OpenAPI specifications in some repos, but wanted a handy way to make it visible that they're up-to-date.

Until I get around to implementing this into Renovate I thought I'd add a GitHub Action that at least makes it known that the OpenAPI files are out-of-sync.

We can create i.e. .github/workflows/sync-foo-service-openapi.yaml:

name: "Validate Petstore's OpenAPI spec is in sync"
  contents: read
  pull-requests: write
  push: {}
    runs-on: ubuntu-latest
      - name: Checkout repository
        uses: actions/checkout@v3

      - name: Fetch Petstore's latest OpenAPI
        run: |
          set -o pipefail
          gh api /repos/deepmap/oapi-codegen/contents/examples/petstore-expanded/petstore-expanded.yaml --template '{{ .content }}' | base64 -d > head.yaml          
          GH_TOKEN: ${{ secrets.GITHUB_TOKEN }}

      - name: "Is Petstore's OpenAPI up-to-date?"
        run: |
          git diff --color --no-index petstore.yaml head.yaml || \
            echo "::warning file=petstore.yaml::File is out-of-sync with upstream repo"          

Note that the GH_TOKEN needs to be a personal access token (classic or fine-grained) that can read it, or if the repo we're retrieving from is public, we can use the default GITHUB_TOKEN.

We can see this in action in this PR, where we can see the annotation to show that the file is out-of-sync.

This also highlights on a PR where there isn't a change to the OpenAPI file, for example in this PR.

Written by Jamie Tanna's profile image Jamie Tanna on , and last updated on .

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