Continuous Integration for Monorepos

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*Monorepos are highly-active code repositories spanning many projects. These can test the limits of conventional continuous integration. Semaphore is the only CI/CD around with easy out-of-the-box support for monorepos.

Monorepo workflows should be easy to set up

A monorepo is a repository holding many projects, each maintained by a separate developer or team. Most times, these code repositories, while independent, will share a common CI/CD workflow.

Monorepos workflows present their own set of challenges. By default, a CI/CD pipeline will run from beginning to end on every commit. This is expected. After all, that’s the continuous in continuous integration.

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Running every job in the pipeline is perfectly logical on single-project repositories. But monorepos see a lot more activity than usual. Even the smallest change will re-run the entire pipeline — it is time-consuming and needlessly expensive. It just doesn’t make sense.

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