Category: GitLab

Run GitLab console on Synology NAS

As the Synology DSM uses Docker to run GitLab, we can use Docker as well to install GitLab Runner. For this, connect to the Synology using SSH:

ssh <admin-user>@<synology> -p <port>

To connect to the GitLab container, you can use the following command to open:

docker exec -it synology_gitlab /bin/bash

You might adjust the name of the GitLab docker depending on your system.

Normally, you would use `gitlab-rails console` to open the GitLab console. On the Synology installation, just use the following commands:

cd /home/git/gitlab/bin
./rails console production

Commands for the console

Below are some examples how to use the GitLab console.

Testing the SMTP configuration (see documentation):

Notify.test_email('', 'Subject', 'Mail Body').deliver_now

GitLab on Synology: set ‘external_url’

The installation of GitLab on Synology uses localhost as a default value for external url. This may lead to some problems when accessing GitLab over another IP or host name. In my case, this lead to missing icons and a non functional WebIDE. An inspection of the html page shows, that some resources are requested over http://localhost/... which leads to 404 errors for those resources.

Since the GitLab container on Synology is not based on the omnibus package, you can not use directly external_url in /etc/gitlab/gitlab.rb. If you want to change the url you can do it by changing the docker environment parameter GITLAB_HOST.

GitLab on Synology: Environment settings