I have a few Upstart services that I would like to have started once Gitlab is started and ready to serve repositories.

There is a gitlab-runsvdir Upstart service (came with the gitlab package) that starts Gitlab on bootup, however using

start on started gitlab-runsvdir

did not prove to help, as Gitlab was still not ready when that service was started.

How can I setup Upstart services to start when Gitlab is ready to serve repositories?

Contents of /etc/init/gitlab-runsvdir.conf, as requested:

start on runlevel [2345]
stop on shutdown
post-stop script
   # To avoid stomping on runsv's owned by a different runsvdir
   # process, kill any runsv process that has been orphaned, and is
   # now owned by init (process 1).
   pkill -HUP -P 1 runsv$
end script
exec /opt/gitlab/embedded/bin/runsvdir-start

As far as I know, this came with the gitlab package.

  • Could you post the content of gitlab-runsvdir? – CameronNemo Jan 19 '15 at 17:43
  • @CameronNemo Done. – Santa Claus Jan 19 '15 at 18:12
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    I use gitlab as well, and the hard part is determining when gitlab is fully ready. It's not fully ready until all the unicorn workers are (until then you'll get 500/502 errors on the web interface). In practice that seems to take about a minute for me. You can examine your logs after a gitlab-ctl restart to see when the unicorn processes are up for you. – muru Jan 19 '15 at 18:23
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    Maybe having a post-start script in the upstart job that tries to ping the web interface for a couple minutes, then times out if it is not up by then, would be ideal? – CameronNemo Jan 19 '15 at 22:04
  • @muru: how about changing the upstart runlevel and priority of the services that depend on gitlab? (I don't use gitlab...) Talk to me in the chat room about this. – Fabby Jan 21 '15 at 11:25

Try gitlab-ctl. You can find it into the following paths :


for example

exec /usr/bin/gitlab-ctl start
exec /usr/bin/gitlab-ctl stop
  • This will start or stop gitlab, but I want to start services only once gitlab is actually ready to accept requests – Santa Claus Aug 27 '15 at 23:29

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