Installing Gitlab on FreeBSD

Alfred Perlstein alfred at
Thu Mar 19 04:52:46 UTC 2015

On 3/18/15 6:15 PM, Craig Rodrigues wrote:
> Hi,
> I was looking at Reddit and found this blog post by Charles Newey:
> Does anyone have much experience with Gitlab?
We use it here at Norse on FreeBSD.  Had some issues with earlier 
versions.  Our current deploy had some issues with process limits and 
timeouts associated with the gargantuan size of the FreeBSD ports and 
src repos.

We were able to fix this by increasing a bunch of timeouts.  I can ask 
our ops lead about it to get some information.

Another option we explored but in the end decided against, was to use a 
shallow git clone of FreeBSD src and ports.  I did some experimentation 
and I believe it would have worked, however it was safer for us to just 
bump up the limits on memory, cpu times and "rails processes" to absurd 
levels to cope with the large repos.

I'm really looking forward to the day when FreeBSD finally splits kernel 
and userland and probably decides to throw away most of the ports 
history outside of ports/Mk, it would be HUGELY helpful for people 
trying to use FreeBSD as a code base to not have to clone/manage history 
that is so seldom useful in any shape or form.

In fact, it would be a good way to shut me up, because at this point if 
you trimmed off everything past 5-6 years nearly all of my commits would 
be wiped out and I wouldn't have a solid history with the project to 
point at when people argue with me. ;)

> Gitlab looks like a nice front-end for Git,
> and seems to be quite comparable to Github in terms of features.

It is, we LOVE it.
> Charles, thanks for writing this blog post!
> --
> Craig
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