- UPGRADE FAILED: “$name” has no deployed releases
- Error: this command needs 2 arguments: release name, chart path
- Application containers constantly initializing
- Applying configuration changes
- Included GitLab Runner failing to register
- Too many redirects
- Upgrades fail with Immutable Field Error
UPGRADE FAILED: “$name” has no deployed releases
This error will occur on your second install/upgrade if your initial install failed.
If your initial install completely failed, and GitLab was never operational, you should first purge the failed install before installing again.
helm uninstall <release-name>
helm delete --purge <release-name>.
If instead, the initial install command timed out, but GitLab still came up successfully,
you can add the
--force flag to the
helm upgrade command to ignore the error
and attempt to update the release.
Otherwise, if you received this error after having previously had successful deploys of the GitLab chart, then you are encountering a bug. Please open an issue on our issue tracker, and also check out issue #630 where we recovered our CI server from this problem.
Error: this command needs 2 arguments: release name, chart path
An error like this could occur when you run
and there are some spaces in the parameters. In the following
Test Username is the culprit:
helm upgrade gitlab gitlab/gitlab --timeout 600s --set global.email.display_name=Test Username ...
--timeoutoption in the Deployment documentation.
To fix it, pass the parameters in single quotes:
helm upgrade gitlab gitlab/gitlab --timeout 600s --set global.email.display_name='Test Username' ...
Application containers constantly initializing
If you experience Sidekiq, Webservice, or other Rails based containers in a constant
state of Initializing, you’re likely waiting on the
dependencies container to
If you check the logs of a given Pod specifically for the
you may see the following repeated:
Checking database connection and schema version WARNING: This version of GitLab depends on gitlab-shell 8.7.1, ... Database Schema Current version: 0 Codebase version: 20190301182457
This is an indication that the
migrations Job has not yet completed. The purpose
of this Job is to both ensure that the database is seeded, as well as all
relevant migrations are in place. The application containers are attempting to
wait for the database to be at or above their expected database version. This is
to ensure that the application does not malfunction to the schema not matching
expectations of the codebase.
- Find the
kubectl get job -lapp=migrations
- Find the Pod being run by the Job.
kubectl get pod -ljob-name=<job-name>
- Examine the output, checking the
Running, continue. If the
Completed, the application containers should start shortly after the next check passes.
Examine the logs from this pod.
kubectl logs <pod-name>
Any failures during the run of this job should be addressed. These will block the use of the application until resolved. Possible problems are:
- Unreachable or failed authentication to the configured PostgreSQL database
- Unreachable or failed authentication to the configured Redis services
- Failure to reach a Gitaly instance
Applying configuration changes
The following command will perform the neccessary operations to apply any updates made to
helm upgrade <release name> <chart path> -f gitlab.yaml
Included GitLab Runner failing to register
This can happen when the runner registration token has been changed in GitLab. (This often happens after you have restored a backup)
- Find the new shared runner token located on the
admin/runnerswebpage of your GitLab installation.
Find the name of existing runner token Secret stored in Kubernetes
kubectl get secrets | grep gitlab-runner-secret
Delete the existing secret
kubectl delete secret <runner-secret-name>
Create the new secret with two keys, (
runner-regisration-tokenwith your shared token, and an empty
kubectl create secret generic <runner-secret-name> --from-literal=runner-registration-token=<new-shared-runner-token> --from-literal=runner-token=""
Too many redirects
This can happen when you have TLS termination before the NGINX Ingress, and the tls-secrets are specified in the configuration.
Update your values to set
Via a values file:
# values.yml global: ingress: annotations: "nginx.ingress.kubernetes.io/ssl-redirect": "false"
Via the Helm CLI:
helm ... --set-string global.ingress.annotations."nginx.ingress.kubernetes.io/ssl-redirect"=false
Apply the change
NOTE: When using an external service for SSL termination, that service is responsible for redirecting to https (if so desired).
Upgrades fail with Immutable Field Error
Prior to the 3.0.0 release of these charts, the
had been populated into several Services
despite having no actual value (
""). This was a bug, and causes problems with Helm 3’s three-way
merge of properties.
Once the chart was deployed with Helm 3, there would be no possible upgrade path unless one
clusterIP properties from the various Services and populated those into the values
provided to Helm, or the affected services are removed from Kubernetes.
The 3.0.0 release of this chart corrected this error, but it requires manual correction.
This can be solved by simply removing all of the affected services.
Remove all affected services:
kubectl delete services -lrelease=RELEASE_NAME
- Perform an upgrade via Helm.
- Future upgrades will not face this error.
LoadBalancerfor NGINX Ingress from this chart, if in use. See global Ingress settings documentation for more details regarding
externalIP. You may be required to update DNS records!
Sidekiq pods did not receive a unique selector prior to chart release
3.0.0. The problems with this were documented in.
3.0.0 using Helm will automatically delete the old Sidekiq deployments and create new ones by appending
-v1 to the
name of the Sidekiq
If you continue to run into this error on the Sidekiq deployment when installing
3.0.0, resolve these with the following
Remove Sidekiq services
kubectl delete deployment --cascade -lrelease=RELEASE_NAME,app=sidekiq
Perform an upgrade via Helm.