Package information

The Omnibus GitLab package is bundled with all dependencies required for GitLab to function correctly. More details can be found at bundling dependencies document.


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The Omnibus GitLab package requires various configuration to get the components in working order. If the configuration is not provided, the package will use the default values assumed in the package.

These defauts are noted in the package defaults document.

Checking the versions of bundled software

Once the Omnibus GitLab package is installed, all versions of the bundled libraries are located in /opt/gitlab/version-manifest.txt.

If you don’t have the package installed, you can always check the Omnibus GitLab source repository, specifically the config directory.

For example, if you take a look at the 8-6-stable branch, you can conclude that 8.6 packages were running Ruby 2.1.8. Or, that 8.5 packages were bundled with NGINX 1.9.0.

Signatures of GitLab, Inc. provided packages

Documentation on package signatures can be found at Signed Packages

Checking for newer configuration options on upgrade

Configuration file in /etc/gitlab/gitlab.rb is created on initial installation of the Omnibus GitLab package. On subsequent package upgrades, the configuration file is not updated with new configuration. This is done in order to avoid accidental overwrite of user configuration provided in /etc/gitlab/gitlab.rb.

New configuration options are noted in the gitlab.rb.template file.

The Omnibus GitLab package also provides convenience command which will compare the existing user configuration with the latest version of the template contained in the package.

To view a diff between your configuration file and the latest version, run:

sudo gitlab-ctl diff-config

Note: This command is available from GitLab 8.17

Important: If you are copy-pasting the output of this command into your /etc/gitlab/gitlab.rb configuration file, make sure to omit leading + and - on each line.

Init system detection

Omnibus GitLab will attempt to query the underlaying system in order to check which init system it uses. This manifests itself as a WARNING during the sudo gitlab-ctl reconfigure run.

Depending on the init system, this WARNING can be one of:

/sbin/init: unrecognized option '--version'

when the underlying init system IS NOT upstart.

  -.mount loaded active mounted   /

when the underlying init system IS systemd.

These warnings can be safely ignored. They are not suppressed because this allows everyone to debug possible detection issues faster.