How to change home directory of Jenkins?
Simple question: How to change the jenkins home directory location? By default it points to
/var/lib/jenkins whereas I want it to point to
/home/jenkins. I have changed my
/home/jenkins but it doesn’t help me.
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Jenkins usually runs with its own user,
so changing the home-dir of that user should do the job.
If not sure, simply run a test-job with a shell-command like ‘id’ or ‘whoami’ or ‘env’ to find the user that Jenkins uses.
Also, note that a message of “
Started by user anonymous” does not mean that Jenkins started as an anonymous user –
please see this related answers by Sagar and Peter Tran:
how to run jenkins as a different user
For me on Jenkins 2.7.2 on RHEL 7.2 after already starting jenkins and configuring a build, I needed to:
1) Change the jenkins user’s home directory
sudo su - service jenkins stop vi /etc/passwd # change the /var/lib/jenkins to /home/jenkins or whatever
2) Change the setting in the start script to also find it
vi /etc/sysconfig/jenkins # change the JENKINS_HOME to /home/jenkins or what ever
3) Copy all the data to the new location (eg: /home/jenkins)
cd /home cp -Rf /var/lib/jenkins . chown -R jenkins:jenkins *
4) Start it back up
service jenkins start
And that seems to have done it for me.
To change the Jenkins home directory you just need to setup the “JENKINS_HOME” environment variable to point to the new location. You can also set the JENKINS_HOME as a system property or a JNDI environment entry as explained in the documentation.
I tried setting the PATH thing but it doesn’t seem to work as it probably has to be under Jenkins user which does not have a real unix user account. I found the variable also accessible in /etc/sysconfig/jenkins which did the trick when I restarted Jenkins.