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I was reading my daily news when I stumbled upon this article the other day. http://www.webappers.com/2011/10/26/github-like-repositories-hosting-on-your-server/ And I wanted to try it out. The only problem is that it's a ruby app, and I have previously no experience setting up any type of rails app...ever. And following their instructions didn't get me very far. I was wondering if someone with experience with webfaction and ruby on rails could give me some pointers. I know that webfaction has an easy one click git server install, but wanted to see if this gave me any extra functionality. The link to the repo of gitlabhq is: https://github.com/gitlabhq/gitlabhq Thank you in advance for all of your help, Chris

asked 27 Oct '11, 11:20

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NOTE: This procedure is out-dated and broken.

  1. First, setup a new SSH user from the panel exclusively for gitosis, name it git or gitosis. I am using "git" since it was available on my test server. Please replace the user in below commands appropriately if you use a different user.

  2. First install gitosis:

     #Execute the following as your new "git" user
     mkdir .ssh
     chmod 700 .ssh
     touch .ssh/authorized_keys
     chmod 700 .ssh/authorized_keys
     which git # check that git is on your box
     which python2.7 # check that python is on your box
     mkdir -p lib/python2.7
     mkdir src
     cd src
     git clone git://eagain.net/gitosis.git
     cd gitosis
     python2.7 setup.py install
     cd ~
     echo "export PATH=$HOME/bin:$PATH">>~/.bashrc
     su - <your-main-user>
     ssh-keygen -t rsa
     scp ~/.ssh/<public-key>.pub git@localhost: # should be id_rsa.pub if you used the default options
     gitosis-init < <public-key>.pub
     chmod 755 repositories/gitosis-admin.git/hooks/post-update
     setfacl -R -m u:<main-user>:rwx ~/repositories #so main user under which gitlab will run can create/delete repos

3, Install Ruby 1.9.2 + Gitlab:

 # Execute these as your main user:
 easy_install pygments
 bash < <(curl -s https://raw.github.com/wayneeseguin/rvm/master/binscripts/rvm-installer)
 echo "export PATH=$HOME/.rvm/bin:$PATH">>.bash_profile
 . ~/.bash_profile
 rvm install 1.9.2
 which ruby-1.9.2-p290 #should give ~/.rvm/bin/ruby-1.9.2-p290
 gem-ruby-1.9.2-p290 update --system
 mkdir ~/src
 cd ~/src
 wget http://www.sqlite.org/sqlite-autoconf-3070800.tar.gz #sqlite3 needed for gem install
 tar -xvzf sqlite-autoconf-3070800.tar.gz
 cd sqlite-autoconf-3070800
./configure --prefix=$HOME
 make install
 export C_INCLUDE_PATH=$HOME/include
 gem-ruby-1.9.2-p290 install bundler
 git clone git://github.com/gitlabhq/gitlabhq.git
 cd gitlabhq/ #You may get a notice from RVM about trusting this directory's .rvmrc select y
 bundle exec rake db:setup RAILS_ENV=production
 # create admin user 
 # login....admin@local.host
 # pass.....5iveL!fe
 bundle exec rake db:seed_fu RAILS_ENV=production
 vi config/gitosis.yml #you will need to edit your gitosis settings, since I used the "git" username i didn't need to make any change
 # Now setup a custom app listening on port from the control panel and mount it on the domain you want to use for gitlab in a site record in the panel
 rails s -e production -p <port-for-that-custom-app> -d
 #go to your domain and login with the above username/password. That's it! 

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answered 28 Oct '11, 02:11

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edited 12 Oct '13, 21:53


Wow thank you for the info. I will try this when I get to work. When I create the admin user does it have to end @local.host or can I make it a normal email address? Does the port I make it listen to matter? Thank you once again, and I'll know how it goes.

(28 Oct '11, 05:49) Convoluted

According to the the Installation page of GitlabHQ, those values are the default ones, so you shouldn't need to add a working email address.

You should be able to change them if you edit the proper rake file, although it should probably give you an option later, via the web interface, to do so.

The port does matter and it should be the one reserved for your app from the control panel, as that's the port that our frontend webserver will forward request for your website to.

(28 Oct '11, 06:11) iliasr ♦♦

What would be the process to get this app into the one click installs of web faction?

(31 Oct '11, 13:27) Convoluted

There's no formal process - it's based on user demand. If enough users ask for an installer for a particular application, we'll consider adding it.

If you want to make your own 1-click installer, you could use our API to build it. Our API is documented here, and we have plenty of examples of installer scripts here.

(31 Oct '11, 14:10) seanf

Hmm...getting an error after trying to make sqllite: make: *** No targets specified and no makefile found. Stop.

(01 Nov '11, 16:32) Convoluted

Did you cd into the sqlite-autoconf-3070800 directory before you ran make?

(01 Nov '11, 17:20) seanf

Hello guys, I've installed gitlab in my account but I can't run it due to it's memory usage. @neeravk do you have it installed? My installation uses 100~200mb. Is that correct? Btw I it on my own. Do you think I should try your steps?

(01 Nov '11, 20:53) ptejada

It doesn't look like the installation procedure above would help to reduce memory usage. Anything based on rails in general tends to take a significant amount of memory; redmine, for example, is the same way. You may be able to apply some of these methods for redmine here, but we're not sure.

That said, WebFaction accounts can support up to 240 MB of RAM, so you can always add more RAM if you need it. You can also purchase a second account + extra RAM to run gitlabhq independently.

(01 Nov '11, 21:11) ryans ♦♦

Thanks @ryans is my first rail application i was just playing with it. I'll concider buying more RAM if I ever want to use gitlab

(01 Nov '11, 22:17) ptejada

Found this quite useful, however there are some things missing:

Before running make for sqlite run: ./configure --prefix=$HOME

otherwise you've got nothing to make against.

You'll also need to do the following (I did it before, but I don't know that it matters): cp config/gitlab.yml.example config/gitlab.yml cp config/database.yml.sqlite config/database.yml

Then before running bundle in the gitlabhq directory you need to set your environment to use the rvm you just installed otherwise it won't pick up the bundle gem you installed. Run: rvm 1.9.2-p209

And substitute your "p" version - latest is 308 I believe and I believe you can use 1.9.3 as well.

And then the bundle will perform correctly. However, you'll want to use this instead: gem install charlock_holmes bundle install --without development test

However, if you don't have a dedicated IP, none of this really matters - as I just found out - since redis is required and needs to be listening on a custom port. But for those that do have a dedicated ip you'll need to edit the following file:

vim ~/.rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.3-p125/gems/redis-2.2.2/lib/redis.rb

Go to line 33 and change the port to whatever port you've setup for a custom app and your ip address where it says After this point I can no longer offer any advice since I don't have a dedicated IP, but everything should be kosher after this point.

I'm sure some of this would be normal for most ruby developers, however, I do my day-to-day in Python so some of this was a pain (especially figuring out the rvm thing).

(10 Mar '12, 01:48) ArrantSquid

Before running make for sqlite run: ./configure --prefix=$HOME

Thanks, I corrected that.

Then before running bundle in the gitlabhq directory you need to set your environment to use the rvm you just installed otherwise it won't pick up the bundle gem you installed. Run: rvm 1.9.2-p209

The directory already contains .rvmrc so if you have rvm already loaded to your environment, you don't need to run it again.

However, if you don't have a dedicated IP, none of this really matters - as I just found out - since redis is required and needs to be listening on a custom port. But for those that do have a dedicated ip you'll need to edit the following file:

Redis requires a custom port so you can run it on localhost by reserving a port by making a custom app listening on port.

You don't need a dedicated IP for that, it was only needed before if you had to expose that port externally, you don't require a dedicated IP even for that purpose now.

(10 Mar '12, 03:05) neeravk

Thanks for that info. I know that I kept getting issues once I got to the portion of the install where you initialized the database info: bundle exec rake db:setup RAILS_ENV=production

Getting cannot connect to redis on (some port). When I tried changing it to a custom port that I had setup via an app it didn't seem to matter either.

I never noticed an .rvm file in the directory, but I know that a lot has apparently changed and it doesn't use gitosis (such as it using gitolite). Would you be able to update the instructions to account for that or should I start a new question? I don't want to have multiple places for people to find info for webfaction, but I also don't want to hijack a thread.

(10 Mar '12, 17:56) ArrantSquid

could we have this process into the one click installs of web faction?

(04 Jul '12, 14:04) Chehab Mustafa

You could write your own install script, but we have no plans to add any more supported applications at this time.

(04 Jul '12, 17:10) johns

i ran into a problem when i "rvm install 1.9.2" i think the problem is i cant install this on my machine , because i checked the error log and saw this "**** is not in the sudoers file."

Any Help Please Thanks

(12 Oct '13, 05:25) Naem Haddad

Use "rvm autolibs disable" before you run "rvm install 1.9.2" to disable dependencies that require root access.

(12 Oct '13, 07:58) timg ♦♦
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Such a very helpful post. This is so much very helpful to my programming report. Surely more developments will be coming soon...

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answered 28 Nov '11, 05:35

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I documented the steps I took to get gitlab working...


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