While developing a new feature or modifying an existing one, it is helpful if an installable package (or a Docker image) containing those changes is available for testing. For this very purpose, a manual job is provided in the GitLab CI/CD pipeline that can be used to trigger a pipeline in the Omnibus GitLab repository that will create:
- A deb package for Ubuntu 16.04, available as a build artifact, and
- A Docker image, which is pushed to Omnibus GitLab’s container
gitlab-eerespectively and image tag is the commit which triggered the pipeline).
When you push a commit to either the GitLab CE or GitLab EE project, the
pipeline for that commit will have a
build-package manual action you can
If you want to create a package from a specific branch, commit or tag of any of
the GitLab components (like GitLab Workhorse, Gitaly, GitLab Pages, etc.), you
can specify the branch name, commit SHA or tag in the component’s respective
*_VERSION file. For example, if you want to build a package that uses the
0-1-stable, modify the content of
0-1-stable and push the commit. This will create a manual job that can be
used to trigger the build.
In scenarios where a configuration change is to be introduced and Omnibus GitLab
repository already has the necessary changes in a specific branch, you can build
a package against that branch through an environment variable named
OMNIBUS_BRANCH. To do this, specify that environment variable with the name of
the branch as value in
.gitlab-ci.yml and push a commit. This will create a
manual job that can be used to trigger the build.