Guidelines for reviewing JiHu (JH) Edition related merge requests

We have two kinds of changes related to JH:

  • Inside jh/
    • This is beyond EE repository and not the intention for this documentation.
  • Outside jh/
    • These will have to sit in EE repository, so reviewers and maintainers for EE repository will have to review and maintain. This includes codes like Gitlab.jh?, and how it attempts to load codes under jh/ just like we have codes which will load codes under ee/.
    • This documentation intended to guide how those codes should look like, so we’ll have better understanding what are the changes needed for looking up codes under jh/.
    • We will generalize this so both EE and JH can share the same mechanism, then we wouldn’t have to treat them differently.

If needed, review the corresponding JH merge request located at JH repository

Process overview

See the merge request process on the JiHu Support handbook. This page is the single source of truth for JiHu-related processes.

Act as EE when jh/ does not exist or when EE_ONLY=1

  • In the case of EE repository, jh/ does not exist so it should just act like EE (or CE when the license is absent)
  • In the case of JH repository, jh/ does exist but EE_ONLY environment variable can be set to force it run under EE mode.

Act as FOSS when FOSS_ONLY=1

  • In the case of JH repository, jh/ does exist but FOSS_ONLY environment variable can be set to force it run under FOSS (CE) mode.

CI pipelines in a JH context

EE repository does not have jh/ directory therefore there is no way to run JH pipelines in the EE repository. All JH tests should go to JH repository.

The top-level JH CI configuration is located at jh/.gitlab-ci.yml (which does not exist in EE repository) and it’ll include EE CI configurations accordingly. Sometimes it’s needed to update the EE CI configurations for JH to customize more easily.

JH features based on CE or EE features

For features that build on existing CE/EE features, a module in the JH namespace injected in the CE/EE class/module is needed. This aligns with what we’re doing with EE features.

See EE features based on CE features for more details.

For example, to prepend a module into the User class you would use the following approach:

class User < ActiveRecord::Base
  # ... lots of code here ...


Under EE, User.prepend_mod will attempt to:

  • Load EE module

Under JH, User.prepend_mod will attempt to:

  • Load EE module, and:
  • Load JH module

Do not use methods such as prepend, extend, and include. Instead, use prepend_mod, extend_mod, or include_mod. These methods will try to find the relevant EE and JH modules by the name of the receiver module.

If reviewing the corresponding JH file is needed, it should be found at JH repository.

General guidance for writing JH extensions

See Guidelines for implementing Enterprise Edition features for general guidance.