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Re: [GNUnet-developers] Discussion, and Help Wanted: Moving to Gitlab fo

From: Florian Dold
Subject: Re: [GNUnet-developers] Discussion, and Help Wanted: Moving to Gitlab for Git, CI, and Issues
Date: Sat, 6 Apr 2019 21:47:10 +0200
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Thanks for taking the time to set this up.  So far some things don't
seem right yet:

There is a massive security problem.  Everybody (!!) is able to create
accounts and set their password, *without* being the owner of the
respective email address.  As "proof", I've been so friendly to create
an account and sample project "as Christian" (sorry Christian!).

Note that this account has Christian's email address associated with it
(which I obviously don't control), but I was able to set his password.
There was no email confirmation step, like there usually is with most
other platforms.  This is, eh, not great.  I can sign up anybody else,
they won't get a confirmation.

(Of course anybody can create an account with a fake name and email
address, but I would expect that you can only log in after you've
confirmed that you CONTROL that email address.)

Some other small things:
* resources (images) are missing because of some bad / misconfigured
HTTP header (see below)
* when I go to, it asks me for a login.  instead it
should show me the list of projects
* even when I click on "Explore" in the footer, it shows me an empty
list of "trending repositories", so the actual list of repositories is
two clicks away from the landing page.

And a more general comment:  Having some CI bot that rejects bad commits
would be great.  But I'd rather dislike if we would define a bunch of
gatekeepers who have to approve merge request from contributors.  So I'd
prefer if we were liberal with giving access to the main gnunet repo,
and not create some heavy gatekeeping policies.

- Florian

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Content Security Policy directive: "default-src 'self'". Note that
'img-src' was not explicitly set, so 'default-src' is used as a fallback.

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On 4/5/19 9:20 PM, Devan C. dvn wrote:
> Hello my fellow GNUnetians,
> As some of you know, I have been pushing for and working on getting us
> to CI/CD system based on Gitlab CI. This is pretty much ready to start
> using and building out the pipelines for now.
> In a previous thread[0] there was a decision to give Gitlab a try, as
> more than just our CI system, and to migrate our repos from Gitolite to
> our own Gitlab instance.
> There was less agreement regarding the idea to move from MantisBT to
> Gitlab's issue tracker, but in the end we decided to try importing all
> of the >2k Mantis tickets into Gitlab.[1]
> This email is a status update on the overall progress of moving to
> Gitlab.
> Current Gitlab status:
> - Gitlab is running and accessible at ``
> - Registration is open. There are no guarantees on uptime, or even
>   data retention (though I don't expect data to disappear).
> - wldhx has kindly offered two "Gitlab Runners" for running CI jobs.
>   These will be added as shared runners, to be used by any projects on
>   the instance. This may be changed later to only be shared by projects
>   under the GNUnet namespace.
>  **TODO**
> - Setup email. Used for registration, password resets,
>   notifcations, and interaction (eg. issue threads).
> - Currently run using containers with docker-compose. Will switch to
> using systemd services to with the containers, removing docker-compose.
> - Daily remote backups. Perhaps '' could be the backup
>   site, hmm?
> - Change configured hostname (in Gitlab) to ''.
> - Setup redirect from '' -> ''
> ----
> Current [MantisBT -> Gitlab Issues] status:
> Exporting:
> - Mantis can export to CSV and "Excell" XML
>   - These do not contain comments (bugnotes). It looks like there might
>     be a possibility to enable them via a configuration option[2]. Not
>     sure who all has admin access, whom I could coordinate with. Maybe
>     easier if I can get admin rights? Grothoff, what do you think?
> Importing:
> - I have found only a couple of scripts[3,4] for this. They are both out
>   of date, for old versions of both softwares. I have tried both to no
>   avail. [4] is the most promising; It's not so old.
>   I would really appreciate any help working on this.
> I suppose this means that we will continue to use Mantis, and disable
> issues in Gitlab for now. Any protests or ideas?
> ----
> Migrating from Gitolite:
> For those whom are not aware, we currently use gitolite for all of the
> lovely repos in our collection. We will need to copy all of the repos to
> Gitlab, as well as duplicate permissions, and setup githooks.
>  1. Create namespaces/groups on our Gitlab
>  2. Clone repos. This can be done via the web interface "Import" option
>  when creating a new repo, or the new remote can be added, and then
>  pushed. The little script found here can help with getting all the
>  repos from Gitolite[5]
>  3. Setup redirects. eg. ->
>  4. Manually replicate permissions. Will need a Gitolite admin's help
>  on this.
>  5. Setup githooks. We have quite a few githooks setup, so we will 
>  need to recreate those.
> After all of that is done, I think we should be ready to switch over
> to Gitlab for at least the git management and CI/CD.
> ----
> That brings us to the final update: The CI System...
> - We have a couple of small runners (thanks wldhx).
> - We have some very basic '.gitlab-ci.yml'[6] files, defining jobs.
>   - I will begin expanding these in the coming weeks.
> **TODO**
> - As we build out a matrix of pipelines, we will need more resources.
> '' is a logical option. In the past I've seen it
> utilized heavily by experiments. As long as we are okay with dedicating
> some CPU and RAM to runners, then I will begin setting them up.
> - Setup Gitlab Container Registry [7] for storing our CI artifacts.
> - Expand our '.gitlab-ci.yml' files to include e2e tests, builds for
>   multiple architecures, and continuous delivery of packages for various
>   package managers.
> ----
> Wow, so that's a lot of text. A lot of people have been asking me about
> the status of Gitlab, and if and how they can help with CI. I hope this
> gives people a thorough update, and answers. I really believe Gitlab can
> be a useful software suite, despite its shortcomings. My hopes are that
> it will help increase the feedback loop between development and testing,
> as well as make it easier and more welcoming for new contributors. 
> Be well, and Happy Hacking!
> - Devan
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