Removals by milestone

15.0

API: stale status returned instead of offline or not_connected

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This feature was changed or removed in 15.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

A breaking change was made to the Runner API endpoints in 15.0.

Instead of the GitLab Runner API endpoints returning offline and not_connected for runners that have not contacted the GitLab instance in the past three months, the API endpoints now return the stale value, which was introduced in 14.6.

Audit events for repository push events

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This feature was changed or removed in 15.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

Audit events for repository events are removed as of GitLab 15.0.

Audit events for repository events were always disabled by default and had to be manually enabled with a feature flag. Enabling them could slow down GitLab instances by generating too many events. Therefore, they are removed.

Please note that we will add high-volume audit events in the future as part of streaming audit events. An example of this is how we will send Git fetch actions as a streaming audit event. If you would be interested in seeing repository push events or some other action as a streaming audit event, please reach out to us!

Background upload for object storage

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This feature was changed or removed in 15.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

To reduce the overall complexity and maintenance burden of GitLab’s object storage feature, support for using background_upload has been removed in GitLab 15.0.

This impacts a small subset of object storage providers, including but not limited to:

  • OpenStack Customers using OpenStack need to change their configuration to use the S3 API instead of Swift.
  • RackSpace Customers using RackSpace-based object storage need to migrate data to a different provider.

If your object storage provider does not support background_upload, please migrate objects to a supported object storage provider.

Container Network and Host Security

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This feature was changed or removed in 15.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

All functionality related to the Container Network Security and Container Host Security categories was deprecated in GitLab 14.8 and is scheduled for removal in GitLab 15.0. Users who need a replacement for this functionality are encouraged to evaluate the following open source projects as potential solutions that can be installed and managed outside of GitLab: AppArmor, Cilium, Falco, FluentD, Pod Security Admission. To integrate these technologies with GitLab, add the desired Helm charts in your copy of the Cluster Management Project Template. Deploy these Helm charts in production by calling commands through GitLab CI/CD.

As part of this change, the following capabilities within GitLab are scheduled for removal in GitLab 15.0:

  • The Security & Compliance > Threat Monitoring page.
  • The Network Policy security policy type, as found on the Security & Compliance > Policies page.
  • The ability to manage integrations with the following technologies through GitLab: AppArmor, Cilium, Falco, FluentD, and Pod Security Policies.
  • All APIs related to the above functionality.

For additional context, or to provide feedback regarding this change, please reference our deprecation issue.

Container registry authentication with htpasswd

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This feature was changed or removed in 15.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

The Container Registry supports authentication with htpasswd. It relies on an Apache htpasswd file, with passwords hashed using bcrypt.

Since it isn’t used in the context of GitLab (the product), htpasswd authentication will be deprecated in GitLab 14.9 and removed in GitLab 15.0.

Custom geo:db:* Rake tasks are no longer available

In GitLab 14.8, we deprecated the geo:db:* Rake tasks and replaced them with built-in tasks after switching the Geo tracking database to use Rails’ 6 support of multiple databases. The following geo:db:* tasks have been removed from GitLab 15.0 and have been replaced with their corresponding db:*:geo tasks:

  • geo:db:drop -> db:drop:geo
  • geo:db:create -> db:create:geo
  • geo:db:setup -> db:setup:geo
  • geo:db:migrate -> db:migrate:geo
  • geo:db:rollback -> db:rollback:geo
  • geo:db:version -> db:version:geo
  • geo:db:reset -> db:reset:geo
  • geo:db:seed -> db:seed:geo
  • geo:schema:load:geo -> db:schema:load:geo
  • geo:db:schema:dump -> db:schema:dump:geo
  • geo:db:migrate:up -> db:migrate:up:geo
  • geo:db:migrate:down -> db:migrate:down:geo
  • geo:db:migrate:redo -> db:migrate:redo:geo
  • geo:db:migrate:status -> db:migrate:status:geo
  • geo:db:test:prepare -> db:test:prepare:geo
  • geo:db:test:load -> db:test:load:geo
  • geo:db:test:purge -> db:test:purge:geo

DS_DEFAULT_ANALYZERS environment variable

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This feature was changed or removed in 15.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

We are removing the DS_DEFAULT_ANALYZERS environment variable from Dependency Scanning on May 22, 2022 in 15.0. After this removal, this variable’s value will be ignored. To configure which analyzers to run with the default configuration, you should use the DS_EXCLUDED_ANALYZERS variable instead.

Dependency Scanning default Java version changed to 17

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This feature was changed or removed in 15.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

For Dependency Scanning, the default version of Java that the scanner expects will be updated from 11 to 17. Java 17 is the most up-to-date Long Term Support (LTS) version. Dependency Scanning continues to support the same range of versions (8, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17), only the default version is changing. If your project uses the previous default of Java 11, be sure to set the DS_JAVA_VERSION variable to match. Please note that consequently the default version of Gradle is now 7.3.3.

ELK stack logging removed in GitLab 15.0

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This feature was changed or removed in 15.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

The logging features in GitLab allow users to install the ELK stack (Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana) to aggregate and manage application logs. Users could search for relevant logs in GitLab directly. However, since deprecating certificate-based integration with Kubernetes clusters and GitLab Managed Apps, this feature is no longer available. For more information on the future of logging and observability, you can follow the issue for integrating Opstrace with GitLab.

Elasticsearch 6.8.x in GitLab 15.0

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This feature was changed or removed in 15.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

Elasticsearch 6.8 support has been removed in GitLab 15.0. Elasticsearch 6.8 has reached end of life. If you use Elasticsearch 6.8, you must upgrade your Elasticsearch version to 7.x prior to upgrading to GitLab 15.0. You should not upgrade to Elasticsearch 8 until you have completed the GitLab 15.0 upgrade.

View the version requirements for details.

End of support for Python 3.6 in Dependency Scanning

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This feature was changed or removed in 15.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

For those using Dependency Scanning for Python projects, we are removing support for the default gemnasium-python:2 image which uses Python 3.6, as well as the custom gemnasium-python:2-python-3.9 image which uses Python 3.9. The new default image as of GitLab 15.0 will be for Python 3.9 as it is a supported version and 3.6 is no longer supported.

External status check API breaking changes

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This feature was changed or removed in 15.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

The external status check API was originally implemented to support pass-by-default requests to mark a status check as passing. Pass-by-default requests are now removed. Specifically, the following are removed:

  • Requests that do not contain the status field.
  • Requests that have the status field set to approved.

From GitLab 15.0, status checks are only set to a passing state if the status field is both present and set to passed. Requests that:

  • Do not contain the status field will be rejected with a 400 error. For more information, see the relevant issue.
  • Contain any value other than passed, such as approved, cause the status check to fail. For more information, see the relevant issue.

To align with this change, API calls to list external status checks also return the value of passed rather than approved for status checks that have passed.

GitLab Serverless

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This feature was changed or removed in 15.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

All functionality related to GitLab Serverless was deprecated in GitLab 14.3 and is scheduled for removal in GitLab 15.0. Users who need a replacement for this functionality are encouraged to explore using the following technologies with GitLab CI/CD:

For additional context, or to provide feedback regarding this change, please reference our deprecation issue.

Gitaly nodes in virtual storage

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This feature was changed or removed in 15.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

Configuring the Gitaly nodes directly in the virtual storage’s root configuration object has been deprecated in GitLab 13.12 and is no longer supported in GitLab 15.0. You must move the Gitaly nodes under the 'nodes' key as described in the Praefect configuration.

GraphQL permissions change for Package settings

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This feature was changed or removed in 15.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

The GitLab Package stage offers a Package Registry, Container Registry, and Dependency Proxy to help you manage all of your dependencies using GitLab. Each of these product categories has a variety of settings that can be adjusted using the API.

The permissions model for GraphQL is being updated. After 15.0, users with the Guest, Reporter, and Developer role can no longer update these settings:

The issue for this removal is GitLab-#350682

Jaeger integration removed in GitLab 15.0

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This feature was changed or removed in 15.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

Tracing in GitLab is an integration with Jaeger, an open-source end-to-end distributed tracing system. GitLab users could previously navigate to their Jaeger instance to gain insight into the performance of a deployed application, tracking each function or microservice that handles a given request. Tracing in GitLab was deprecated in GitLab 14.7, and removed in 15.0. To track work on a possible replacement, see the issue for Opstrace integration with GitLab.

Known host required for GitLab Runner SSH executor

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This feature was changed or removed in 15.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

In GitLab 14.3, we added a configuration setting in the GitLab Runner config.toml. This setting, [runners.ssh.disable_strict_host_key_checking], controls whether or not to use strict host key checking with the SSH executor.

In GitLab 15.0, the default value for this configuration option has changed from true to false. This means that strict host key checking will be enforced when using the GitLab Runner SSH executor.

Legacy Geo Admin UI routes

In GitLab 13.0, we introduced new project and design replication details routes in the Geo Admin UI. These routes are /admin/geo/replication/projects and /admin/geo/replication/designs. We kept the legacy routes and redirected them to the new routes. These legacy routes /admin/geo/projects and /admin/geo/designs have been removed in GitLab 15.0. Please update any bookmarks or scripts that may use the legacy routes.

Legacy approval status names in License Compliance API

We have now removed the deprecated legacy names for approval status of license policy (blacklisted, approved) in the API queries and responses. If you are using our License Compliance API you should stop using the approved and blacklisted query parameters, they are now allowed and denied. In 15.0 the responses will also stop using approved and blacklisted so you may need to adjust any of your custom tools.

Move Gitaly Cluster Praefect database_host_no_proxy and database_port_no_proxy configs

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This feature was changed or removed in 15.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

The Gitaly Cluster configuration keys for praefect['database_host_no_proxy'] and praefect['database_port_no_proxy'] are replaced with praefect['database_direct_host'] and praefect['database_direct_port'].

Move custom_hooks_dir setting from GitLab Shell to Gitaly

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This feature was changed or removed in 15.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

The custom_hooks_dir setting is now configured in Gitaly, and is removed from GitLab Shell in GitLab 15.0.

OAuth implicit grant

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This feature was changed or removed in 15.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

The OAuth implicit grant authorization flow is no longer supported. Any applications that use OAuth implicit grant must switch to alternative supported OAuth flows.

OAuth tokens without an expiration

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This feature was changed or removed in 15.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

GitLab no longer supports OAuth tokens without an expiration.

Any existing token without an expiration has one automatically generated and applied.

Optional enforcement of SSH expiration

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This feature was changed or removed in 15.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

Disabling SSH expiration enforcement is unusual from a security perspective and could create unusual situations where an expired key is unintentionally able to be used. Unexpected behavior in a security feature is inherently dangerous and so now we enforce expiration on all SSH keys.

Optional enforcement of personal access token expiration

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This feature was changed or removed in 15.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

Allowing expired personal access tokens to be used is unusual from a security perspective and could create unusual situations where an expired key is unintentionally able to be used. Unexpected behavior in a security feature is inherently dangerous and so we now do not let expired personal access tokens be used.

Out-of-the-box SAST (SpotBugs) support for Java 8

The GitLab SAST SpotBugs analyzer scans Java, Scala, Groovy, and Kotlin code for security vulnerabilities. For technical reasons, the analyzer must first compile the code before scanning. Unless you use the pre-compilation strategy, the analyzer attempts to automatically compile your project’s code.

In GitLab versions prior to 15.0, the analyzer image included Java 8 and Java 11 runtimes to facilitate compilation.

As of GitLab 15.0, we’ve:

  • Removed Java 8 from the analyzer image to reduce the size of the image.
  • Added Java 17 to the analyzer image to make it easier to compile with Java 17.
  • Changed the default Java version from Java 8 to Java 17.

If you rely on Java 8 being present in the analyzer environment, you must take action as detailed in the deprecation issue for this change.

Pseudonymizer

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This feature was changed or removed in 15.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

The Pseudonymizer feature is generally unused, can cause production issues with large databases, and can interfere with object storage development. It was removed in GitLab 15.0.

Remove Versions from PackageType

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This feature was changed or removed in 15.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

As part of the work to create a Package Registry GraphQL API, the Package group deprecated the Version type for the basic PackageType type and moved it to PackageDetailsType.

In GitLab 15.0, we will completely remove Version from PackageType.

Remove promote-to-primary-node command from gitlab-ctl

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This feature was changed or removed in 15.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

In GitLab 14.5, we introduced the command gitlab-ctl promote to promote any Geo secondary node to a primary during a failover. This command replaces gitlab-ctl promote-to-primary-node which was only usable for single-node Geo sites. gitlab-ctl promote-to-primary-node has been removed in GitLab 15.0.

Remove type and types keyword from CI/CD configuration

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This feature was changed or removed in 15.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

The type and types CI/CD keywords is removed in GitLab 15.0, so pipelines that use these keywords fail with a syntax error. Switch to stage and stages, which have the same behavior.

Remove dependency_proxy_for_private_groups feature flag

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This feature was changed or removed in 15.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

A feature flag was introduced in GitLab 13.7 as part of the change to require authentication to use the Dependency Proxy. Before GitLab 13.7, you could use the Dependency Proxy without authentication.

In GitLab 15.0, we will remove the feature flag, and you must always authenticate when you use the Dependency Proxy.

Remove pipelines field from the version field

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This feature was changed or removed in 15.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

In GraphQL, there are two pipelines fields that you can use in a PackageDetailsType to get the pipelines for package versions:

  • The versions field’s pipelines field. This returns all the pipelines associated with all the package’s versions, which can pull an unbounded number of objects in memory and create performance concerns.
  • The pipelines field of a specific version. This returns only the pipelines associated with that single package version.

To mitigate possible performance problems, we will remove the versions field’s pipelines field in GitLab 15.0. Although you will no longer be able to get all pipelines for all versions of a package, you can still get the pipelines of a single version through the remaining pipelines field for that version.

Removed feature flag PUSH_RULES_SUPERSEDE_CODE_OWNERS

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This feature was changed or removed in 15.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

The feature flag PUSH_RULES_SUPERSEDE_CODE_OWNERS has been removed in GitLab 15.0. From now on, push rules will supersede CODEOWNERS. The CODEOWNERS feature is no longer available for access control.

Request profiling

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This feature was changed or removed in 15.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

Request profiling has been removed in GitLab 15.0.

We’re working on consolidating our profiling tools and making them more easily accessible. We evaluated the use of this feature and we found that it is not widely used. It also depends on a few third-party gems that are not actively maintained anymore, have not been updated for the latest version of Ruby, or crash frequently when profiling heavy page loads.

For more information, check the summary section of the deprecation issue.

Required pipeline configurations in Premium tier

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This feature was changed or removed in 15.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

Required pipeline configuration helps to define and mandate organization-wide pipeline configurations and is a requirement at an executive and organizational level. To align better with our pricing philosophy, this feature is removed from the Premium tier in GitLab 15.0. This feature continues to be available in the GitLab Ultimate tier.

We recommend customers use Compliance Pipelines, also in GitLab Ultimate, as an alternative as it provides greater flexibility, allowing required pipelines to be assigned to specific compliance framework labels.

This change also helps GitLab remain consistent in our tiering strategy with the other related Ultimate-tier features:

Retire-JS Dependency Scanning tool

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This feature was changed or removed in 15.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

We have removed support for retire.js from Dependency Scanning as of May 22, 2022 in GitLab 15.0. JavaScript scanning functionality will not be affected as it is still being covered by Gemnasium.

If you have explicitly excluded retire.js using the DS_EXCLUDED_ANALYZERS variable, then you will be able to remove the reference to retire.js. If you have customized your pipeline’s Dependency Scanning configuration related to the retire-js-dependency_scanning job, then you will want to switch to gemnasium-dependency_scanning. If you have not used the DS_EXCLUDED_ANALYZERS to reference retire.js, or customized your template specifically for retire.js, you will not need to take any action.

Runner status not_connected API value

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This feature was changed or removed in 15.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

The GitLab Runner REST and GraphQL API endpoints deprecated the not_connected status value in GitLab 14.6 and will start returning never_contacted in its place starting in GitLab 15.0.

Runners that have never contacted the GitLab instance will also return stale if created more than 3 months ago.

SAST support for .NET 2.1

The GitLab SAST Security Code Scan analyzer scans .NET code for security vulnerabilities. For technical reasons, the analyzer must first build the code to scan it.

In GitLab versions prior to 15.0, the default analyzer image (version 2) included support for:

  • .NET 2.1
  • .NET Core 3.1
  • .NET 5.0

In GitLab 15.0, we’ve changed the default major version for this analyzer from version 2 to version 3. This change:

Version 3 was announced in GitLab 14.6 and made available as an optional upgrade.

If you rely on .NET 2.1 support being present in the analyzer image by default, you must take action as detailed in the deprecation issue for this change.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP2

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This feature was changed or removed in 15.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

Long term service and support (LTSS) for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 12 SP2 ended on March 31, 2021. The CA certificates on SP2 include the expired DST root certificate, and it’s not getting new CA certificate package updates. We have implemented some workarounds, but we will not be able to continue to keep the build running properly.

Secret Detection configuration variables

To make it simpler and more reliable to customize GitLab Secret Detection, we’ve removed some of the variables that you could previously set in your CI/CD configuration.

The following variables previously allowed you to customize the options for historical scanning, but interacted poorly with the GitLab-managed CI/CD template and are now removed:

  • SECRET_DETECTION_COMMIT_FROM
  • SECRET_DETECTION_COMMIT_TO
  • SECRET_DETECTION_COMMITS
  • SECRET_DETECTION_COMMITS_FILE

The SECRET_DETECTION_ENTROPY_LEVEL previously allowed you to configure rules that only considered the entropy level of strings in your codebase, and is now removed. This type of entropy-only rule created an unacceptable number of incorrect results (false positives).

You can still customize the behavior of the Secret Detection analyzer using the available CI/CD variables.

For further details, see the deprecation issue for this change.

Sidekiq configuration for metrics and health checks

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This feature was changed or removed in 15.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

In GitLab 15.0, you can no longer serve Sidekiq metrics and health checks over a single address and port.

To improve stability, availability, and prevent data loss in edge cases, GitLab now serves Sidekiq metrics and health checks from two separate servers.

When you use Omnibus or Helm charts, if GitLab is configured for both servers to bind to the same address, a configuration error occurs. To prevent this error, choose different ports for the metrics and health check servers:

If you installed GitLab from source, verify manually that both servers are configured to bind to separate addresses and ports.

Static Site Editor

The Static Site Editor was deprecated in GitLab 14.7 and the feature is being removed in GitLab 15.0. Incoming requests to the Static Site Editor will be redirected and open the target file to edit in the Web IDE. Current users of the Static Site Editor can view the documentation for more information, including how to remove the configuration files from existing projects. We will continue investing in improvements to the Markdown editing experience by maturing the Content Editor and making it available as a way to edit content across GitLab.

Support for gitaly['internal_socket_dir']

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This feature was changed or removed in 15.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

Gitaly introduced a new directory that holds all runtime data Gitaly requires to operate correctly. This new directory replaces the old internal socket directory, and consequentially the usage of gitaly['internal_socket_dir'] was deprecated in favor of gitaly['runtime_dir'].

Support for legacy format of config/database.yml removed

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This feature was changed or removed in 15.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

The syntax of GitLab’s database configuration located in database.yml has changed and the legacy format has been removed. The legacy format supported a single PostgreSQL adapter, whereas the new format supports multiple databases. The main: database needs to be defined as a first configuration item.

This change only impacts users compiling GitLab from source, all the other installation methods handle this configuration automatically. Instructions are available in the source update documentation.

Test coverage project CI/CD setting

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This feature was changed or removed in 15.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

To specify a test coverage pattern, in GitLab 15.0 the project setting for test coverage parsing has been removed.

To set test coverage parsing, use the project’s .gitlab-ci.yml file by providing a regular expression with the coverage keyword.

The promote-db command is no longer available from gitlab-ctl

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This feature was changed or removed in 15.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

In GitLab 14.5, we introduced the command gitlab-ctl promote to promote any Geo secondary node to a primary during a failover. This command replaces gitlab-ctl promote-db which is used to promote database nodes in multi-node Geo secondary sites. The gitlab-ctl promote-db command has been removed in GitLab 15.0.

Update to the Container Registry group-level API

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This feature was changed or removed in 15.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

In GitLab 15.0, support for the tags and tags_count parameters will be removed from the Container Registry API that gets registry repositories from a group.

The GET /groups/:id/registry/repositories endpoint will remain, but won’t return any info about tags. To get the info about tags, you can use the existing GET /registry/repositories/:id endpoint, which will continue to support the tags and tag_count options as it does today. The latter must be called once per image repository.

Vulnerability Check

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This feature was changed or removed in 15.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

The vulnerability check feature was deprecated in GitLab 14.8 and is scheduled for removal in GitLab 15.0. We encourage you to migrate to the new security approvals feature instead. You can do so by navigating to Security & Compliance > Policies and creating a new Scan Result Policy.

The new security approvals feature is similar to vulnerability check. For example, both can require approvals for MRs that contain security vulnerabilities. However, security approvals improve the previous experience in several ways:

  • Users can choose who is allowed to edit security approval rules. An independent security or compliance team can therefore manage rules in a way that prevents development project maintainers from modifying the rules.
  • Multiple rules can be created and chained together to allow for filtering on different severity thresholds for each scanner type.
  • A two-step approval process can be enforced for any desired changes to security approval rules.
  • A single set of security policies can be applied to multiple development projects to allow for ease in maintaining a single, centralized ruleset.

Managed-Cluster-Applications.gitlab-ci.yml

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This feature was changed or removed in 15.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

The Managed-Cluster-Applications.gitlab-ci.yml CI/CD template is being removed. If you need an alternative, try the Cluster Management project template instead. If your are not ready to move, you can copy the last released version of the template into your project.

artifacts:report:cobertura keyword

As of GitLab 15.0, the artifacts:report:cobertura keyword has been replaced by artifacts:reports:coverage_report. Cobertura is the only supported report file, but this is the first step towards GitLab supporting other report types.

omniauth-kerberos gem

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This feature was changed or removed in 15.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

The omniauth-kerberos gem is no longer supported. This gem has not been maintained and has very little usage. Therefore, we removed support for this authentication method and recommend using SPEGNO instead. You can follow the upgrade instructions to upgrade from the removed integration to the new supported one.

We are not removing Kerberos SPNEGO integration. We are removing the old password-based Kerberos.

bundler-audit Dependency Scanning tool

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This feature was changed or removed in 15.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

We are removing bundler-audit from Dependency Scanning on May 22, 2022 in 15.0. After this removal, Ruby scanning functionality will not be affected as it is still being covered by Gemnasium.

If you have explicitly excluded bundler-audit using the DS_EXCLUDED_ANALYZERS variable, then you will be able to remove the reference to bundler-audit. If you have customized your pipeline’s Dependency Scanning configuration related to the bundler-audit-dependency_scanning job, then you will want to switch to gemnasium-dependency_scanning. If you have not used the DS_EXCLUDED_ANALYZERS to reference bundler-audit or customized your template specifically for bundler-audit, you will not need to take any action.

14.10

Permissions change for downloading Composer dependencies

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This feature was changed or removed in 14.10 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

The GitLab Composer repository can be used to push, search, fetch metadata about, and download PHP dependencies. All these actions require authentication, except for downloading dependencies.

Downloading Composer dependencies without authentication is deprecated in GitLab 14.9, and will be removed in GitLab 15.0. Starting with GitLab 15.0, you must authenticate to download Composer dependencies.

14.9

Integrated error tracking disabled by default

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This feature was changed or removed in 14.9 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

In GitLab 14.4, GitLab released an integrated error tracking backend that replaces Sentry. This feature caused database performance issues. In GitLab 14.9, integrated error tracking is removed from GitLab.com, and turned off by default in GitLab self-managed. While we explore the future development of this feature, please consider switching to the Sentry backend by changing your error tracking to Sentry in your project settings.

For additional background on this removal, please reference Disable Integrated Error Tracking by Default. If you have feedback please add a comment to Feedback: Removal of Integrated Error Tracking.

14.6

Limit the number of triggered pipeline to 25K in free tier

A large amount of triggered pipelines in a single project impacts the performance of GitLab.com. In GitLab 14.6, we are limiting the number of triggered pipelines in a single project on GitLab.com at any given moment to 25,000. This change applies to projects in the free tier only, Premium and Ultimate are not affected by this change.

Release CLI distributed as a generic package

The release-cli will be released as a generic package starting in GitLab 14.2. We will continue to deploy it as a binary to S3 until GitLab 14.5 and stop distributing it in S3 in GitLab 14.6.

14.3

Introduced limit of 50 tags for jobs

GitLab values efficiency and is prioritizing reliability for GitLab.com in FY22. In 14.3, GitLab CI/CD jobs must have less than 50 tags. If a pipeline contains a job with 50 or more tags, you will receive an error and the pipeline will not be created.

List project pipelines API endpoint removes name support in 14.3

In GitLab 14.3, we will remove the ability to filter by name in the list project pipelines API endpoint to improve performance. If you currently use this parameter with this endpoint, you must switch to username.

Use of legacy storage setting

The support for gitlab_pages['use_legacy_storage'] setting in Omnibus installations has been removed.

In 14.0 we removed domain_config_source which had been previously deprecated, and allowed users to specify disk storage. In 14.0 we added use_legacy_storage as a temporary flag to unblock upgrades, and allow us to debug issues with our users and it was deprecated and communicated for removal in 14.3.

14.2

Max job log file size of 100 MB

GitLab values efficiency for all users in our wider community of contributors, so we’re always working hard to make sure the application performs at a high level with a lovable UX. In GitLab 14.2, we have introduced a job log file size limit, set to 100 megabytes by default. Administrators of self-managed GitLab instances can customize this to any value. All jobs that exceed this limit are dropped and marked as failed, helping prevent performance impacts or over-use of resources. This ensures that everyone using GitLab has the best possible experience.

14.1

Remove support for prometheus.listen_address and prometheus.enable

The support for prometheus.listen_address and prometheus.enable has been removed from gitlab.yml. Use prometheus.enabled and prometheus.server_address to set up Prometheus server that GitLab instance connects to. Refer to our documentation for details.

This only affects new installations from source where users might use the old configurations.

Remove support for older browsers

In GitLab 14.1, we are cleaning up and removing old code that was specific for browsers that we no longer support. This has no impact on users when one of our supported web browsers is used.

Most notably, support for the following browsers has been removed:

  • Apple Safari 13 and older.
  • Mozilla Firefox 68.
  • Pre-Chromium Microsoft Edge.

The minimum supported browser versions are:

  • Apple Safari 13.1.
  • Mozilla Firefox 78.
  • Google Chrome 84.
  • Chromium 84.
  • Microsoft Edge 84.

14.0

Auto Deploy CI template v1

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This feature was changed or removed in 14.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

In GitLab 14.0, we will update the Auto Deploy CI template to the latest version. This includes new features, bug fixes, and performance improvements with a dependency on the v2 auto-deploy-image. Auto Deploy CI template v1 is deprecated going forward.

Since the v1 and v2 versions are not backward-compatible, your project might encounter an unexpected failure if you already have a deployed application. Follow the upgrade guide to upgrade your environments. You can also start using the latest template today by following the early adoption guide.

Breaking changes to Terraform CI template

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This feature was changed or removed in 14.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

GitLab 14.0 renews the Terraform CI template to the latest version. The new template is set up for the GitLab Managed Terraform state, with a dependency on the GitLab terraform-images image, to provide a good user experience around GitLab’s Infrastructure-as-Code features.

The current stable and latest templates are not compatible, and the current latest template becomes the stable template beginning with GitLab 14.0, your Terraform pipeline might encounter an unexpected failure if you run a custom init job.

Code Quality RuboCop support changed

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This feature was changed or removed in 14.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

By default, the Code Quality feature has not provided support for Ruby 2.6+ if you’re using the Code Quality template. To better support the latest versions of Ruby, the default RuboCop version is updated to add support for Ruby 2.4 through 3.0. As a result, support for Ruby 2.1, 2.2, and 2.3 is removed. You can re-enable support for older versions by customizing your configuration.

Relevant Issue: Default codeclimate-rubocop engine does not support Ruby 2.6+

Container Scanning Engine Clair

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This feature was changed or removed in 14.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

Clair, the default container scanning engine, was deprecated in GitLab 13.9 and is removed from GitLab 14.0 and replaced by Trivy. We advise customers who are customizing variables for their container scanning job to follow these instructions to ensure that their container scanning jobs continue to work.

DAST default template stages

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This feature was changed or removed in 14.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

In GitLab 14.0, we’ve removed the stages defined in the current DAST.gitlab-ci.yml template to avoid the situation where the template overrides manual changes made by DAST users. We’re making this change in response to customer issues where the stages in the template cause problems when used with customized DAST configurations. Because of this removal, gitlab-ci.yml configurations that do not specify a dast stage must be updated to include this stage.

DAST environment variable renaming and removal

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This feature was changed or removed in 14.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

GitLab 13.8 renamed multiple environment variables to support their broader usage in different workflows. In GitLab 14.0, the old variables have been permanently removed and will no longer work. Any configurations using these variables must be updated to the new variable names. Any scans using these variables in GitLab 14.0 and later will fail to be configured correctly. These variables are:

  • DAST_AUTH_EXCLUDE_URLS becomes DAST_EXCLUDE_URLS.
  • AUTH_EXCLUDE_URLS becomes DAST_EXCLUDE_URLS.
  • AUTH_USERNAME becomes DAST_USERNAME.
  • AUTH_PASSWORD becomes DAST_PASSWORD.
  • AUTH_USERNAME_FIELD becomes DAST_USERNAME_FIELD.
  • AUTH_PASSWORD_FIELD becomes DAST_PASSWORD_FIELD.
  • DAST_ZAP_USE_AJAX_SPIDER will now be DAST_USE_AJAX_SPIDER.
  • DAST_FULL_SCAN_DOMAIN_VALIDATION_REQUIRED will be removed, since the feature is being removed.

Default Browser Performance testing job renamed in GitLab 14.0

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This feature was changed or removed in 14.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

Browser Performance Testing has run in a job named performance by default. With the introduction of Load Performance Testing in GitLab 13.2, this naming could be confusing. To make it clear which job is running Browser Performance Testing, the default job name is changed from performance to browser_performance in the template in GitLab 14.0.

Relevant Issue: Rename default Browser Performance Testing job

Default DAST spider begins crawling at target URL

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This feature was changed or removed in 14.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

In GitLab 14.0, DAST has removed the current method of resetting the scan to the hostname when starting to spider. Prior to GitLab 14.0, the spider would not begin at the specified target path for the URL but would instead reset the URL to begin crawling at the host root. GitLab 14.0 changes the default for the new variable DAST_SPIDER_START_AT_HOST to false to better support users’ intention of beginning spidering and scanning at the specified target URL, rather than the host root URL. This change has an added benefit: scans can take less time, if the specified path does not contain links to the entire site. This enables easier scanning of smaller sections of an application, rather than crawling the entire app during every scan.

Default branch name for new repositories now main

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This feature was changed or removed in 14.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

Every Git repository has an initial branch, which is named master by default. It’s the first branch to be created automatically when you create a new repository. Future Git versions will change the default branch name in Git from master to main. In coordination with the Git project and the broader community, GitLab has changed the default branch name for new projects on both our SaaS (GitLab.com) and self-managed offerings starting with GitLab 14.0. This will not affect existing projects.

GitLab has already introduced changes that allow you to change the default branch name both at the instance level (for self-managed users) and at the group level (for both SaaS and self-managed users). We encourage you to make use of these features to set default branch names on new projects.

For more information, check out our blog post.

Dependency Scanning

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This feature was changed or removed in 14.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

As mentioned in 13.9 and this blog post several removals for Dependency Scanning take effect.

Previously, to exclude a DS analyzer, you needed to remove it from the default list of analyzers, and use that to set the DS_DEFAULT_ANALYZERS variable in your project’s CI template. We determined it should be easier to avoid running a particular analyzer without losing the benefit of newly added analyzers. As a result, we ask you to migrate from DS_DEFAULT_ANALYZERS to DS_EXCLUDED_ANALYZERS when it is available. Read about it in issue #287691.

Previously, to prevent the Gemnasium analyzers to fetch the advisory database at runtime, you needed to set the GEMNASIUM_DB_UPDATE variable. However, this is not documented properly, and its naming is inconsistent with the equivalent BUNDLER_AUDIT_UPDATE_DISABLED variable. As a result, we ask you to migrate from GEMNASIUM_DB_UPDATE to GEMNASIUM_UPDATE_DISABLED when it is available. Read about it in issue #215483.

Deprecated GraphQL fields

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This feature was changed or removed in 14.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

In accordance with our GraphQL deprecation and removal process, the following fields that were deprecated prior to 13.7 are fully removed in 14.0:

  • Mutations::Todos::MarkAllDone, Mutations::Todos::RestoreMany - :updated_ids
  • Mutations::DastScannerProfiles::Create, Types::DastScannerProfileType - :global_id
  • Types::SnippetType - :blob
  • EE::Types::GroupType, EE::Types::QueryType - :vulnerabilities_count_by_day_and_severity
  • DeprecatedMutations (concern**) - AddAwardEmoji, RemoveAwardEmoji, ToggleAwardEmoji
  • EE::Types::DeprecatedMutations (concern***) - Mutations::Pipelines::RunDastScan, Mutations::Vulnerabilities::Dismiss, Mutations::Vulnerabilities::RevertToDetected

DevOps Adoption API Segments

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This feature was changed or removed in 14.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

The first release of the DevOps Adoption report had a concept of Segments. Segments were quickly removed from the report because they introduced an additional layer of complexity on top of Groups and Projects. Subsequent iterations of the DevOps Adoption report focus on comparing adoption across groups rather than segments. GitLab 14.0 removes all references to Segments from the GraphQL API and replaces them with Enabled groups.

Disk source configuration for GitLab Pages

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This feature was changed or removed in 14.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

GitLab Pages API-based configuration has been available since GitLab 13.0. It replaces the unsupported disk source configuration removed in GitLab 14.0, which can no longer be chosen. You should stop using disk source configuration, and move to gitlab for an API-based configuration. To migrate away from the ‘disk’ source configuration, set gitlab_pages['domain_config_source'] = "gitlab" in your /etc/gitlab/gitlab.rb file. We recommend you migrate before updating to GitLab 14.0, to identify and troubleshoot any potential problems before upgrading.

Experimental prefix in Sidekiq queue selector options

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This feature was changed or removed in 14.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

GitLab supports a queue selector to run only a subset of background jobs for a given process. When it was introduced, this option had an ‘experimental’ prefix (experimental_queue_selector in Omnibus, experimentalQueueSelector in Helm charts).

As announced in the 13.6 release post, the ‘experimental’ prefix is no longer supported. Instead, queue_selector for Omnibus and queueSelector in Helm charts should be used.

External Pipeline Validation Service Code Changes

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This feature was changed or removed in 14.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

For self-managed instances using the experimental external pipeline validation service, the range of error codes GitLab accepts will be reduced. Currently, pipelines are invalidated when the validation service returns a response code from 400 to 499. In GitLab 14.0 and later, pipelines will be invalidated for the 406: Not Accepted response code only.

Geo Foreign Data Wrapper settings

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This feature was changed or removed in 14.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

As announced in GitLab 13.3, the following configuration settings in /etc/gitlab/gitlab.rb have been removed in 14.0:

  • geo_secondary['db_fdw']
  • geo_postgresql['fdw_external_user']
  • geo_postgresql['fdw_external_password']
  • gitlab-_rails['geo_migrated_local_files_clean_up_worker_cron']

GitLab OAuth implicit grant

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This feature was changed or removed in 14.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

GitLab is deprecating the OAuth 2 implicit grant flow as it has been removed for OAuth 2.1.

Migrate your existing applications to other supported OAuth2 flows.

GitLab Runner helper image in GitLab.com Container Registry

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This feature was changed or removed in 14.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

In 14.0, we are now pulling the GitLab Runner helper image from the GitLab Container Registry instead of Docker Hub. Refer to issue #27218 for details.

GitLab Runner installation to ignore the skel directory

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This feature was changed or removed in 14.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

In GitLab Runner 14.0, the installation process will ignore the skel directory by default when creating the user home directory. Refer to issue #4845 for details.

Gitaly Cluster SQL primary elector

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This feature was changed or removed in 14.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

Now that Praefect supports a primary election strategy for each repository, we have removed the sql election strategy. The per_repository election strategy is the new default, which is automatically used if no election strategy was specified.

If you had configured the sql election strategy, you must follow the migration instructions before upgrading to 14.0.

Global SAST_ANALYZER_IMAGE_TAG in SAST CI template

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This feature was changed or removed in 14.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

With the maturity of GitLab Secure scanning tools, we’ve needed to add more granularity to our release process. Previously, GitLab shared a major version number for all analyzers and tools. This requires all tools to share a major version, and prevents the use of semantic version numbering. In GitLab 14.0, SAST removes the SAST_ANALYZER_IMAGE_TAG global variable in our managed SAST.gitlab-ci.yml CI template, in favor of the analyzer job variable setting the major.minor tag in the SAST vendored template.

Each analyzer job now has a scoped SAST_ANALYZER_IMAGE_TAG variable, which will be actively managed by GitLab and set to the major tag for the respective analyzer. To pin to a specific version, change the variable value to the specific version tag. If you override or maintain custom versions of SAST.gitlab-ci.yml, update your CI templates to stop referencing the global SAST_ANALYZER_IMAGE_TAG, and move it to a scoped analyzer job tag. We strongly encourage inheriting and overriding our managed CI templates to future-proof your CI templates. This change allows you to more granularly control future analyzer updates with a pinned major.minor version. This deprecation and removal changes our previously announced plan to pin the Static Analysis tools.

Hardcoded master in CI/CD templates

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This feature was changed or removed in 14.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

Our CI/CD templates have been updated to no longer use hard-coded references to a master branch. In 14.0, they all use a variable that points to your project’s configured default branch instead. If your CI/CD pipeline relies on our built-in templates, verify that this change works with your current configuration. For example, if you have a master branch and a different default branch, the updates to the templates may cause changes to your pipeline behavior. For more information, read the issue.

Helm v2 support

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This feature was changed or removed in 14.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

Helm v2 was officially deprecated in November of 2020, with the stable repository being de-listed from the Helm Hub shortly thereafter. With the release of GitLab 14.0, which will include the 5.0 release of the GitLab Helm chart, Helm v2 will no longer be supported.

Users of the chart should upgrade to Helm v3 to deploy GitLab 14.0 and later.

Legacy DAST domain validation

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This feature was changed or removed in 14.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

The legacy method of DAST Domain Validation for CI/CD scans was deprecated in GitLab 13.8, and is removed in GitLab 14.0. This method of domain validation only disallows scans if the DAST_FULL_SCAN_DOMAIN_VALIDATION_REQUIRED environment variable is set to true in the gitlab-ci.yml file, and a Gitlab-DAST-Permission header on the site is not set to allow. This two-step method required users to opt in to using the variable before they could opt out from using the header.

For more information, see the removal issue.

Legacy feature flags

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This feature was changed or removed in 14.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

Legacy feature flags became read-only in GitLab 13.4. GitLab 14.0 removes support for legacy feature flags, so you must migrate them to the new version. You can do this by first taking a note (screenshot) of the legacy flag, then deleting the flag through the API or UI (you don’t need to alter the code), and finally create a new Feature Flag with the same name as the legacy flag you deleted. Also, make sure the strategies and environments match the deleted flag. We created a video tutorial to help with this migration.

Legacy fields from DAST report

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This feature was changed or removed in 14.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

As a part of the migration to a common report format for all of the Secure scanners in GitLab, DAST is making changes to the DAST JSON report. Certain legacy fields were deprecated in 13.8 and have been completely removed in 14.0. These fields are @generated, @version, site, and spider. This should not affect any normal DAST operation, but does affect users who consume the JSON report in an automated way and use these fields. Anyone affected by these changes, and needs these fields for business reasons, is encouraged to open a new GitLab issue and explain the need.

For more information, see the removal issue.

Legacy storage

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This feature was changed or removed in 14.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

As announced in GitLab 13.0, legacy storage has been removed in GitLab 14.0.

License Compliance

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This feature was changed or removed in 14.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

In 13.0, we deprecated the License-Management CI template and renamed it License-Scanning. We have been providing backward compatibility by warning users of the old template to switch. Now in 14.0, we are completely removing the License-Management CI template. Read about it in issue #216261 or this blog post.

Limit projects returned in GET /groups/:id/

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This feature was changed or removed in 14.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

To improve performance, we are limiting the number of projects returned from the GET /groups/:id/ API call to 100. A complete list of projects can still be retrieved with the GET /groups/:id/projects API call.

Make pwsh the default shell for newly-registered Windows Runners

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This feature was changed or removed in 14.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

In GitLab Runner 13.2, PowerShell Core support was added to the Shell executor. In 14.0, PowerShell Core, pwsh is now the default shell for newly-registered Windows runners. Windows CMD will still be available as a shell option for Windows runners. Refer to issue #26419 for details.

Migrate from SAST_DEFAULT_ANALYZERS to SAST_EXCLUDED_ANALYZERS

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This feature was changed or removed in 14.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

Until GitLab 13.9, if you wanted to avoid running one particular GitLab SAST analyzer, you needed to remove it from the long string of analyzers in the SAST.gitlab-ci.yml file and use that to set the SAST_DEFAULT_ANALYZERS variable in your project’s CI file. If you did this, it would exclude you from future new analyzers because this string hard codes the list of analyzers to execute. We avoid this problem by inverting this variable’s logic to exclude, rather than choose default analyzers. Beginning with 13.9, we migrated to SAST_EXCLUDED_ANALYZERS in our SAST.gitlab-ci.yml file. We encourage anyone who uses a customized SAST configuration in their project CI file to migrate to this new variable. If you have not overridden SAST_DEFAULT_ANALYZERS, no action is needed. The CI/CD variable SAST_DEFAULT_ANALYZERS has been removed in GitLab 14.0, which released on June 22, 2021.

Off peak time mode configuration for Docker Machine autoscaling

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This feature was changed or removed in 14.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

In GitLab Runner 13.0, issue #5069, we introduced new timing options for the GitLab Docker Machine executor. In GitLab Runner 14.0, we have removed the old configuration option, off peak time mode.

OpenSUSE Leap 15.1

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This feature was changed or removed in 14.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

Support for OpenSUSE Leap 15.1 is being deprecated. Support for 15.1 will be dropped in 14.0. We are now providing support for openSUSE Leap 15.2 packages.

PostgreSQL 11 support

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This feature was changed or removed in 14.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

GitLab 14.0 requires PostgreSQL 12 or later. It offers significant improvements to indexing, partitioning, and general performance benefits.

Starting in GitLab 13.7, all new installations default to PostgreSQL version 12. From GitLab 13.8, single-node instances are automatically upgraded as well. If you aren’t ready to upgrade, you can opt out of automatic upgrades.

Redundant timestamp field from DORA metrics API payload

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This feature was changed or removed in 14.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

The deployment frequency project-level API endpoint has been deprecated in favor of the DORA 4 API, which consolidates all the metrics under one API with the specific metric as a required field. As a result, the timestamp field, which doesn’t allow adding future extensions and causes performance issues, will be removed. With the old API, an example response would be { "2021-03-01": 3, "date": "2021-03-01", "value": 3 }. The first key/value ("2021-03-01": 3) will be removed and replaced by the last two ("date": "2021-03-01", "value": 3).

Release description in the Tags API

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This feature was changed or removed in 14.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

GitLab 14.0 removes support for the release description in the Tags API. You can no longer add a release description when creating a new tag. You also can no longer create or update a release through the Tags API. Please migrate to use the Releases API instead.

Ruby version changed in Ruby.gitlab-ci.yml

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This feature was changed or removed in 14.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

By default, the Ruby.gitlab-ci.yml file has included Ruby 2.5.

To better support the latest versions of Ruby, the template is changed to use ruby:latest, which is currently 3.0. To better understand the changes in Ruby 3.0, please reference the Ruby-lang.org release announcement.

Relevant Issue: Updates Ruby version 2.5 to 3.0

SAST analyzer SAST_GOSEC_CONFIG variable

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This feature was changed or removed in 14.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

With the release of SAST Custom Rulesets in GitLab 13.5 we allow greater flexibility in configuration options for our Go analyzer (GoSec). As a result we no longer plan to support our less flexible SAST_GOSEC_CONFIG analyzer setting. This variable was deprecated in GitLab 13.10. GitLab 14.0 removes the old SAST_GOSEC_CONFIG variable. If you use or override SAST_GOSEC_CONFIG in your CI file, update your SAST CI configuration or pin to an older version of the GoSec analyzer. We strongly encourage inheriting and overriding our managed CI templates to future-proof your CI templates.

Service Templates

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This feature was changed or removed in 14.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

Service Templates are removed in GitLab 14.0. They were used to apply identical settings to a large number of projects, but they only did so at the time of project creation.

While they solved part of the problem, updating those values later proved to be a major pain point. Project Integration Management solves this problem by enabling you to create settings at the Group or Instance level, and projects within that namespace inheriting those settings.

Success and failure for finished build metric conversion

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This feature was changed or removed in 14.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

In GitLab Runner 13.5, we introduced failed and success states for a job. To support Prometheus rules, we chose to convert success/failure to finished for the metric. In 14.0, the conversion has now been removed. Refer to issue #26900 for details.

Terraform template version

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This feature was changed or removed in 14.0 as a breaking change. Before updating GitLab, review the details carefully to determine if you need to make any changes to your code, settings, or workflow.

As we continuously develop GitLab’s Terraform integrations, to minimize customer disruption, we maintain two GitLab CI/CD templates for Terraform:

At every major release of GitLab, the “latest version” template becomes the “major version” template, inheriting the “latest template” setup. As we have added many new features to the Terraform integration, the new setup for the “major version” template can be considered a breaking change.

The latest template supports the Terraform Merge Request widget and doesn’t need additional setup to work with the GitLab managed Terraform state.

To check the new changes, see the new “major version” template.

Ubuntu 16.04 support

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Ubuntu 16.04 reached end-of-life in April 2021, and no longer receives maintenance updates. We strongly recommend users to upgrade to a newer release, such as 20.04.

GitLab 13.12 will be the last release with Ubuntu 16.04 support.

Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) package

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Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) reached end of life on Friday, July 17, 2020. In GitLab Runner 14.0, Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) is no longer available from our package distribution. Refer to issue #26036 for details.

Unicorn in GitLab self-managed

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Support for Unicorn has been removed in GitLab 14.0 in favor of Puma. Puma has a multi-threaded architecture which uses less memory than a multi-process application server like Unicorn. On GitLab.com, we saw a 40% reduction in memory consumption by using Puma.

WIP merge requests renamed ‘draft merge requests’

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The WIP (work in progress) status for merge requests signaled to reviewers that the merge request in question wasn’t ready to merge. We’ve renamed the WIP feature to Draft, a more inclusive and self-explanatory term. Draft clearly communicates the merge request in question isn’t ready for review, and makes no assumptions about the progress being made toward it. Draft also reduces the cognitive load for new users, non-English speakers, and anyone unfamiliar with the WIP acronym.

Web Application Firewall (WAF)

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The Web Application Firewall (WAF) was deprecated in GitLab 13.6 and is removed from GitLab 14.0. The WAF had limitations inherent in the architectural design that made it difficult to meet the requirements traditionally expected of a WAF. By removing the WAF, GitLab is able to focus on improving other areas in the product where more value can be provided to users. Users who currently rely on the WAF can continue to use the free and open source ModSecurity project, which is independent from GitLab. Additional details are available in the deprecation issue.

Windows Server 1903 image support

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In 14.0, we have removed Windows Server 1903. Microsoft ended support for this version on 2020-08-12. Refer to issue #27551 for details.

Windows Server 1909 image support

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In 14.0, we have removed Windows Server 1909. Microsoft ended support for this version on 2021-05-11. Refer to issue #27899 for details.

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In GitLab Runner 13.3, a symlink was added from /user/lib/gitlab-runner/gitlab-runner to /usr/bin/gitlab-runner. In 14.0, the symlink has been removed and the runner is now installed in /usr/bin/gitlab-runner. Refer to issue #26651 for details.

?w=1 URL parameter to ignore whitespace changes

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To create a consistent experience for users based on their preferences, support for toggling whitespace changes via URL parameter has been removed in GitLab 14.0.

CI_PROJECT_CONFIG_PATH variable

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The CI_PROJECT_CONFIG_PATH predefined project variable has been removed in favor of CI_CONFIG_PATH, which is functionally the same.

If you are using CI_PROJECT_CONFIG_PATH in your pipeline configurations, please update them to use CI_CONFIG_PATH instead.

FF_RESET_HELPER_IMAGE_ENTRYPOINT feature flag

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In 14.0, we have deactivated the FF_RESET_HELPER_IMAGE_ENTRYPOINT feature flag. Refer to issue #26679 for details.

FF_SHELL_EXECUTOR_USE_LEGACY_PROCESS_KILL feature flag

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In GitLab Runner 13.1, issue #3376, we introduced sigterm and then sigkill to a process in the Shell executor. We also introduced a new feature flag, FF_SHELL_EXECUTOR_USE_LEGACY_PROCESS_KILL, so you can use the previous process termination sequence. In GitLab Runner 14.0, issue #6413, the feature flag has been removed.

FF_USE_GO_CLOUD_WITH_CACHE_ARCHIVER feature flag

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GitLab Runner 14.0 removes the FF_USE_GO_CLOUD_WITH_CACHE_ARCHIVER feature flag. Refer to issue #27175 for details.

secret_detection_default_branch job

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To ensure Secret Detection was scanning both default branches and feature branches, we introduced two separate secret detection CI jobs (secret_detection_default_branch and secret_detection) in our managed Secret-Detection.gitlab-ci.yml template. These two CI jobs created confusion and complexity in the CI rules logic. This deprecation moves the rule logic into the script section, which then determines how the secret_detection job is run (historic, on a branch, commits, etc). If you override or maintain custom versions of SAST.gitlab-ci.yml or Secret-Detection.gitlab-ci.yml, you must update your CI templates. We strongly encourage inheriting and overriding our managed CI templates to future-proof your CI templates. GitLab 14.0 no longer supports the old secret_detection_default_branch job.

trace parameter in jobs API

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GitLab Runner was updated in GitLab 13.4 to internally stop passing the trace parameter to the /api/jobs/:id endpoint. GitLab 14.0 deprecates the trace parameter entirely for all other requests of this endpoint. Make sure your GitLab Runner version matches your GitLab version to ensure consistent behavior.