JSLint4java, Jenkins and Violation plugin

In a previous article I told you about the existence of the violation plugin for Jenkins which can take in consideration the output generated by jslint4java.

jslint4java has an ant plugin which can be easily integrated in your environment and you need just to configure it for your javascript.

Let’s suppose you have a javascript file, in my case user-extensions.js coming from Selenium, in your repository.

At the same level create a folder named “jslint”. Under this folder place the jslint4java-2.0.1.jar file that you can find inside the zip file of jslint4java and create a build.xml file with the following content:

<project name="proj" default="main" basedir=".">
<target name="main" depends="jslint"/>

<taskdef name="jslint"
classpath="jslint4java-2.0.1.jar" />

<target name="jslint">
<jslint haltOnFailure="false" options="sloppy">
<formatter type="xml" destfile="jslint.xml"/>
<fileset dir="../" includes="user-extensions.js"/>


In practice in the taskdef tag we say where the jar file is located (same folder), in the jslint tag I specified:

  1. haltOnFailure=”false”, to not  make stop and fail the plugin if a violation is found (in this way the entire job in Jenkins will not fail)
  2. options=”sloppy”, to disable the strict control in the file (used for ECMAScript 5)
  3. using predefined variables like “selenium” with the predef tag
  4. specifying the output file (in the same folder) in xml format (useful for the violation plugin)
  5. specifying just the input file that I have (which is in the top folder)

Once the folder is created with the 2 files (build.xml and jslint4java jar file) in the repository let’s go to the Jenkins job to install the violation plugin and configure the job.

First let’s configure the ant task in the Job (my directory is under trunk/test):

Ant configuration

Then we configure the Violation plugin in the Job:

Violation plugin configuration

Let’s save and run the build and we should see a graph the following in the Job page:

Violation graph in job page

If you click on the left menu on Violations (or in the graph) you will see the same graph with the number of violations per file:

Number of violations per file

If you click on the filename you will see all the violations with the respective row numbers:

Violations in a file

If you click on the row number you can see the line of the code (just below):


Enjoy fixing your javascript file :-)


3 thoughts on “JSLint4java, Jenkins and Violation plugin

  1. Hi,
    I integrated jenkins with jslint in similar way, but my problem is I don’t get a detailed errors(per file). The violation list is nice but then when clicking on the file name I just get blank page. Of course in build folder there are xml files, one general and one for each .js file.
    So 2 questions:
    -what version of jenkins you using(I think mine is 1.461 and jslint4java-2.0.2)?
    -what is generated xml file format? (mine is … for generated file and … in build folder). Do you have the same? Maybe you can email me some example xmls?


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