GitHub Action Not Running Case Fixed
Be aware of your secrets or variables.

What Happened to My GitHub Action

I wanted to add a new html file to the www of this project. The workflow should be working correctly. But it didn’t run when I pushed to the repo.

It didn’t show any error to me either.

Furthermore, I didn’t find the “Run workflow” button under the Action tab.

Here is the original workflow file cd.yaml:

name: Ship It!
      - main
      - www/*
    name: ship to production
    runs-on: ubuntu-latest
    environment: production
      - uses: actions/checkout@v4

      - name: Install SSH Key
        uses: shimataro/ssh-key-action@v2
          key: ${{ secrets.SSH_PRIVATE_KEY }}
          known_hosts: never_know

      - name: Add Known Hosts
        run: ssh-keyscan -p ${{ secrets.SSH_PORT }} -H ${{ secrets.SSH_HOST }} >> ~/.ssh/known_hosts
      - name: Deploy with rsync
        run: rsync -avz --delete -e "ssh -p ${{ secrets.SSH_PORT }}" ./www/ ${{ secrets.SSH_USER }}@${{ secrets.SSH_HOST }}:{{ secrets.PUB_PATH }}

Probably you’ve found what’s wrong there.

But I’d show what I’ve done for fixing it.

1, Check new versions of Actions

I edited the cd.yaml in the web page. So I can find new versions of actions I used on the right panel. They are just under the “Marketplace” tab.

Nothing happened.

2, Make the “Run workflow” Button Available

I remember that you can click a button to manually run a workflow. But I’m confused for a while because I can’t do that now.

And I learned this to show the button:

name: Ship It!
  workflow_dispatch: {}
      - main

I added a simple line of code workflow_dispatch: {} into the cd.yaml just under on:. Then I can see the “Run workflow” button.

I clicked the button.

And. It showed error at least.

Run rsync -avz --delete -e "ssh -p ***" ./www/ ***@***:{{ secrets.PUB_PATH }}
  rsync -avz --delete -e "ssh -p ***" ./www/ ***@***:{{ secrets.PUB_PATH }}
  shell: /usr/bin/bash -e {0}
Unexpected remote arg: ***@***:{{
rsync error: syntax or usage error (code 1) at main.c(1512) [sender=3.2.7]
Error: Process completed with exit code 1.

3, Check Action Secrets

I believe I’ve set the value of PUB_PATH correctly. So I checked the docs:

  - name: Hello world action
    with: # Set the secret as an input
      super_secret: ${{ secrets.SuperSecret }}
    env: # Or as an environment variable
      super_secret: ${{ secrets.SuperSecret }}

Ah! What I’ve missed is a ‘$’ sign before using a secret.

Case Fixed And Questions

by just adding a $. But here are some questions:

  1. Why isn’t there a syntax checking for using variables or secrets in a workflow?
  2. Why isn’t there a message for a GitHub Action not triggered?

Last modified on February 19, 2024