Support #461

Installing GitLab 7.2 on FreeBSD

Added by Daniel Curtis about 6 years ago. Updated over 5 years ago.

Source Code Management
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Setting up the Environment

  • Start by making sure everything is up to date:
    pkg update
    pkg upgrade
  • Install a few dependencies
    pkg install -y git redis icu libxml2 libxslt python2 bash sudo gcc47 gmake autoconf automake libtool bison readline libyaml sqlite3 gdbm cmake postgresql-libpqxx
  • Add the GitLab user
    pw add user -n git -m -s /usr/local/bin/bash -c "GitLab" 

Install Redis

  • Start Redis and enable it to start at boot:
    echo 'redis_enable="YES"' >> /etc/rc.conf
    service redis start

Install MariaDB 5.5

  • This environment will be setup with MariaDB 5.5 for its MySQL server:
    pkg install mariadb55-server mariadb55-client
  • Ensure you have MySQL version 5.5.14 or later
    mysql --version
  • Start and enable MySQL at boot:
    echo 'mysql_enable="YES"' >> /etc/rc.conf
    service mysql-server start
  • Secure your installation:
  • Login to MySQL
    mysql -u root -p
    1. Create a user for GitLab
      CREATE USER 'git'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'SuperSecretPassword';

      NOTE: Change SuperSecretPassword to what ever password desired
    2. Ensure you can use the InnoDB engine which is necessary to support long indexes.
      SET storage_engine=INNODB;

      NOTE: If this fails, check your MySQL config files (e.g. `/etc/mysql/*.cnf`, `/etc/mysql/conf.d/*`) for the setting "innodb = off"
    3. Create the GitLab production database
      CREATE DATABASE IF NOT EXISTS `gitlabhq_production` DEFAULT CHARACTER SET `utf8` COLLATE `utf8_unicode_ci`;
    4. Grant the GitLab user necessary permissions on the table.
      GRANT SELECT, LOCK TABLES, INSERT, UPDATE, DELETE, CREATE, DROP, INDEX, ALTER ON `gitlabhq_production`.* TO 'git'@'localhost';
    5. Quit the database session
  • Try connecting to the new database with the new user
    sudo -u git -H mysql -u git -p -D gitlabhq_production
    • Type the MySQL git password set earlier
  • You should now see a mysql> prompt, quit the database session:

WARNING: GitLab suggests using PostgreSQL for the database used; this is due to the inability to support case-sensitive table names. Since my use case is small, I will not need case-sensitivity, and will use a MySQL derivative instead.


  • Switch to the GitLab user and install RVM:
    su - git
    curl -sSL | bash -s stable
    source /home/git/.rvm/scripts/rvm
  • Install Ruby 2.1.2 using RVM:
    rvm install 2.1.2
  • Check the Ruby install path:
    which ruby
    • Example output:
  • Check the installed Ruby version:
    ruby -v
    • Example output:
      ruby 2.1.2p95 (2014-05-08 revision 45877) [x86_64-freebsd10.0]

Install GitLab 7.2

  • Change to the git user home directory and download GitLab 7.2
    git clone -b 7-2-stable gitlab
  • Create a config file
    cd /home/git/gitlab
    cp config/gitlab.yml.example config/gitlab.yml
  • Edit the gitlat config file:
    vi config/gitlab.yml
    • Change the gitlab: host: to
    • If using https change the gitlab: port: from 80 to 443
    • Change the git: bin_path: to /usr/local/bin/git
    • Change the satellites: path: to /usr/home/git/gitlab-satellites/
    • Change the gitlab_shell: path: to /usr/home/git/gitlab-shell/
    • Change the gitlab_shell: repos_path: to /usr/home/git/repositories/
    • Change the gitlab_shell: hooks_path: to /usr/home/git/gitlab-shell/hooks/
  • Create a unicorn.rb file:
    cp config/unicorn.rb.example config/unicorn.rb
  • Create a rack_attack.rb file:
    cp config/initializers/rack_attack.rb.example config/initializers/rack_attack.rb
  • Create a database configuration file:
    cp config/database.yml.mysql config/database.yml
  • Configure the GitLab system user:
    git config --global "GitLab" 
    git config --global "" 
  • Setup the directories and permissions:
    chown -R git log/
    chown -R git tmp/
    chmod -R u+rwX log/
    chmod -R u+rwX tmp/
    chmod -R u+rwX tmp/pids/
    chmod -R u+rwX tmp/sockets/
    chmod -R u+rwX  public/uploads
  • Create the gitlab-satellites:
    mkdir /home/git/gitlab-satellites
    chmod u+rwx,g=rx,o-rwx /home/git/gitlab-satellites
  • Install bundler:
    gem install bundler
    export CC=gcc47
    export CXX=c++47
    export CPP=cpp47
  • Install GitLab gems
    bundle install --deployment --without development test postgresql aws

Install GitLab Shell

  • Run the installation task for gitlab-shell (replace `REDIS_URL` if needed):
    bundle exec rake gitlab:shell:install[v1.9.7] REDIS_URL=redis://localhost:6379 RAILS_ENV=production

By default, the gitlab-shell config is generated from your main gitlab config.

  • NOTE: When using GitLab with HTTPS please change the following:
    1. Provide paths to the certificates under `ca_file` and `ca_path` options.
    2. The `gitlab_url` option must point to the https endpoint of GitLab.
    3. In case you are using self signed certificate set `self_signed_cert` to `true`.

*You can review (and modify) the gitlab-shell config as follows:

vi /home/git/gitlab-shell/config.yml

  • Initialize Database and Activate Advanced Features
    bundle exec rake gitlab:setup RAILS_ENV=production
  • Verify that the install worked:
    bundle exec rake gitlab:env:info RAILS_ENV=production
  • Precompile the assets used by GitLab:
    bundle exec rake assets:precompile RAILS_ENV=production
  • Exit out of the GitLab user, back into the root account:
  • Create an init script
    cp /usr/home/git/gitlab/lib/support/init.d/gitlab /usr/local/etc/rc.d/gitlab
  • Start GitLab
    service gitlab start
  • Enable GitLab to start at boot
    echo 'gitlab_enable="YES"' >> /etc/rc.conf

Using Nginx to Host GitLab

  • Install nginx:
    pkg install -y nginx
  • Copy the GitLab nginx config into the nginx directory
    cp /usr/home/git/gitlab/lib/support/nginx/gitlab /usr/local/etc/nginx/gitlab.conf
    • Change the hostname:
    • Change the proxy_pass to the correct address and port:
  • Add the following piece of code in /usr/local/etc/nginx/nginx.conf, before the last “}":
    include /usr/local/etc/nginx/gitlab.conf;
  • Prepare the directories needed by nginx:
    mkdir -p /var/tmp/nginx /var/log/nginx
    chown -R www: /var/log/nginx /var/tmp/nginx
  • Start and enable nginx at boot:
    echo 'nginx_enable="YES"' >> /etc/rc.conf
    service nginx start
  • Default username and password:
    • user: root
    • pass: 5iveL!fe

(Optional) Using Apache with Passenger to Host GitLab

Running GitLab from an apache server with passenger installed is a simple.

  • Edit the virtual host definition and add/modify it according to your needs:
    vi /usr/local/etc/apache24/Vhosts/
    • And add/edit the following virtual host definition:
      <VirtualHost *:80>
        DocumentRoot "/home/git/gitlab/public" 
        ErrorLog "/var/log/" 
        CustomLog "/var/log/" common
        PassengerRuby /home/git/.rvm/wrappers/ruby-2.1.2/ruby
        <Directory /home/git/gitlab/public>
            Options -MultiViews
            AllowOverride All
            Order allow,deny
            Allow from all
            Require all granted
  • Restart apache:
    service apache24 restart
  • Start and enable apache24 at boot:
    echo 'apache24_enable="YES"' >> /etc/rc.conf
    service apache24 start


Related issues

Copied to FreeBSD Administration - Support #532: Installing GitLab 7.6 on FreeBSD Closed 09/21/2014


#1 Updated by Daniel Curtis about 6 years ago

  • Description updated (diff)
  • % Done changed from 70 to 80

#2 Updated by Daniel Curtis about 6 years ago

  • Description updated (diff)
  • Status changed from New to Resolved
  • % Done changed from 80 to 90

#3 Updated by Daniel Curtis about 6 years ago

  • Project changed from 98 to FreeBSD Administration
  • Description updated (diff)
  • % Done changed from 90 to 100

#4 Updated by Daniel Curtis about 6 years ago

  • Description updated (diff)
  • Status changed from Resolved to Closed

#5 Updated by Daniel Curtis over 5 years ago

  • Copied to Support #532: Installing GitLab 7.6 on FreeBSD added

#6 Updated by Daniel Curtis over 5 years ago

  • Subject changed from Installing GitLab 7.2 on FreeBSD 9.2-RELEASE to Installing GitLab 7.2 on FreeBSD
  • Target version set to FreeBSD 9

#7 Updated by Daniel Curtis over 5 years ago

  • Category set to Source Code Management

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