GitLab 7 specific changes

Updating from GitLab 6.6 and higher to 7.10 or newer

In the 7.10 package we have added the gitlab-ctl upgrade command, and we configured the packages to run this command automatically after the new package is installed. If you are installing GitLab 7.9 or earlier, please check the different procedure.

If you installed using the package server all you need to do is run sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install gitlab-ce (for Debian/Ubuntu) or sudo yum install gitlab-ce (for CentOS/Enterprise Linux).

If you are not using the package server, consider upgrading to the package repository. Otherwise, download the latest CE or EE (subscribers only) package to your GitLab server then all you have to do is dpkg -i gitlab-ce-XXX.deb (for Debian/Ubuntu) or rpm -Uvh gitlab-ce-XXX.rpm (for CentOS/Enterprise Linux). After the package has been unpacked, GitLab will automatically:

  • Stop all GitLab services;
  • Create a backup using your current, old GitLab version. This is a ‘light’ backup that only backs up the SQL database;
  • Run gitlab-ctl reconfigure, which will perform any necessary database migrations (using the new GitLab version);
  • Restart the services that were running when the upgrade script was invoked.

If you do not want the DB-only backup, automatic start/stop and DB migrations to be performed automatically please run the following command before upgrading your GitLab instance:

sudo touch /etc/gitlab/skip-auto-reconfigure

Alternatively if you just want to prevent DB migrations add gitlab_rails['auto_migrate'] = false to your gitlab.rb file.