GitLab Documentation

From 6.7 to 6.8

Make sure you view this upgrade guide from the master branch for the most up to date instructions.

0. Backup

cd /home/git/gitlab
sudo -u git -H bundle exec rake gitlab:backup:create RAILS_ENV=production

1. Stop server

sudo service gitlab stop

2. Get latest code

cd /home/git/gitlab
sudo -u git -H git fetch --all

For GitLab Community Edition:

sudo -u git -H git checkout 6-8-stable

OR

For GitLab Enterprise Edition:

sudo -u git -H git checkout 6-8-stable-ee

3. Update gitlab-shell (and its config)

cd /home/git/gitlab-shell
sudo -u git -H git fetch
sudo -u git -H git checkout v1.9.3

4. Install libs, migrations, etc.

cd /home/git/gitlab

# MySQL installations (note: the line below states '--without ... postgres')
sudo -u git -H bundle install --without development test postgres --deployment

# PostgreSQL installations (note: the line below states '--without ... mysql')
sudo -u git -H bundle install --without development test mysql --deployment


# Run database migrations
sudo -u git -H bundle exec rake db:migrate RAILS_ENV=production

# Clean up assets and cache
sudo -u git -H bundle exec rake assets:clean assets:precompile cache:clear RAILS_ENV=production

# Update init.d script
sudo cp lib/support/init.d/gitlab /etc/init.d/gitlab

# Close access to gitlab-satellites for others
sudo chmod u+rwx,g=rx,o-rwx /home/git/gitlab-satellites

5. Update config files

New configuration options for gitlab.yml

There are new configuration options available for gitlab.yml. View them with the command below and apply them to your current gitlab.yml if desired.

git diff 6-7-stable:config/gitlab.yml.example 6-8-stable:config/gitlab.yml.example

MySQL? Remove reaping frequency

If you are using MySQL as a database, remove reaping_frequency from you database.yml to prevent crashes. Relevant commit.

HTTPS? Disable gzip

If you are using HTTPS, disable gzip as in this commit to prevent BREACH attacks.

Turn on asset compression

To improve performance, enable gzip asset compression as seen in this commit.

6. Start application

sudo service gitlab start
sudo service nginx restart

7. Check application status

Check if GitLab and its environment are configured correctly:

sudo -u git -H bundle exec rake gitlab:env:info RAILS_ENV=production

To make sure you didn't miss anything run a more thorough check with:

sudo -u git -H bundle exec rake gitlab:check RAILS_ENV=production

If all items are green, then congratulations upgrade is complete!

Things went south? Revert to previous version (6.7)

1. Revert the code to the previous version

Follow the upgrade guide from 6.6 to 6.7, except for the database migration (the backup is already migrated to the previous version).

2. Restore from the backup

cd /home/git/gitlab
sudo -u git -H bundle exec rake gitlab:backup:restore RAILS_ENV=production

If you have more than one backup *.tar file(s) please add BACKUP=timestamp_of_backup to the command above.