What does Reload Configuration from Disk do?

Issue

What does Reload Configuration from Disk do?  When should I use it?  Is it necessary after a Jenkins restart?

Environment

CloudBees Jenkins Enterprise

Resolution

  • Reload Configuration from Disk simply refreshes Jenkins configuration files and directory structure.  
  • This command should be used when a change is made to Jenkins and its environment outside of the UI, such as editing config.xml files from the command line or moving jobs between folders from the command line.  
  • It is not necessary to do this after a restart.  Jenkins inherently does this on it’s own on start up.
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3 Comments

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    Robert Cowan

    Does this impact running jobs? 

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    Anand Shah

    Is it possible to install/uninstall plugin using Reload Configuration option?

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    Denys Digtiar

    Robert: It does impact running jobs since Jenkins is completely re-initializes itself

    Anand: Technically, it is possible, but I don't see why it would be necessary. If UI is operating normally, which is assumed since you initiate the reload from the UI, then it is easier to use Plugin Manager to do the install/uninstall.

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