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How do Droplet images work? Where's the stuff?

  • Posted October 4, 2014

Hi there,

first of all I’m new here, I just started a Droplet with a GitLab Image and everything works as expected. I can use GitLab with no problems.

I accessed the Droplet via SSH to add a user, maybe add a static page with nginx but I found nothing. There’s no git, no ruby, no nginx installed.

I tried

$ git --version $ which --version $ which ruby

etc. but there’s nothing. None of the GitLab requirements.

How can that be? Where’s the stuff? What am I missing?

Thanks a lot.

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The GitLab one-click app uses GitLab’s “omnibus” installation. The files for GitLab are found under /opt/gitlab/, this includes bundled version of Ruby and git that are not part of the system-wide install. It’s designed to be tightly integrated with GitLab managing the services using the gitlab-ctl scripts.

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