Installing Gitlab on FreeBSD

Craig Rodrigues rodrigc at
Fri Mar 20 20:45:55 UTC 2015

On Wed, Mar 18, 2015 at 9:52 PM, Alfred Perlstein <alfred at>

> 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.

Can you get your ops ninja to post any tips/tricks to this thread which I

I want there to be more info for how to run Gitlab on FreeBSD, since a lot
of the existing docs are very Linux-centric.

In your experience at Norse, how does Gitlab compare against Github?  Is it
better, worse, or mostly the same?
How good is the Gitlab project at  fixing things and being responsive to

What I am beginning to realize is that if you compare an individual feature
of Github, like wiki, bug tracker, code review,
there are better alternatives for each component, i.e. better wiki, better
bug tracker, better code review tool.

However, the value of Github is that everything is integrated.  So, when I
do a pull request on Github, and then commit,
everything is integrated and linked.  For FreeBSD, we have chosen nice
tools, like Bugzilla (bug tracker), Phabricator (code review), MoinMoin
Subversion (code repository).  Each of these things works nicely on its
own, but to tie all those things together into a modern development
requires a lot of work.  There seem to be a few enthusiastic volunteers who
are tying this together to make things work,
but we definitely have rough edges.

I'm wondering if the FreeBSD project would be better off going with one of
these integrated solutions.

I understand that the FreeBSD project likes to be independent and run its
own infrastructure, but that is a lot of work,
and I think we are missing out on a lot of innovation happening in other
software projects that are taking care of all this stuff.


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