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This page provides guidance on how to create a build slave for a Jenkins server. You'll need to define a simple configuration file and create an init script to start the buildslave process. After the local BuildSlave is running, it will take care of downloading whatever else it needs to do its job. Note that Jenkins can not install packages to meet dependencies – those need to be taken care of manually.

Your /etc/sysconfig/jenkins-slave file should look something like this:

Save the following to e.g. /etc/init.d/jenkins-slave and chmod +x it:

Setup for the simple folk (like me)

In the interest of those who like to cut-and-paste, I've started with a generic Centos 5.4 installation. 

Here's a list of all the things I had to do to complete the Jenkins setup.

Now you need to have the system registered with the jenkins server by an admin.
You can create a triggered build to test your setup.

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