Gitlab issues and tricks discussed

First of all I really love gitlab. It’s free, open-source and it’s a great tool to manage your repositories. But for some reason it’s also very fragile. Atleast my setup fails now and then because I updated my system or updated gitlab or for some other unknown reason. In this article I discuss my issues and solutions. Feel free to comment or post your own issue.

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Issue #1: Cannot push to remote, hook declined

Let’s start with my first issue. First let me give you some background info. I run gitlab inside a VM that runs on Windows Server. My repositories are located on a NTFS formatted harddisk under Windows Server that I share with my VM. As VM I use VirtualBox. Now everything was setup perfectly and working correctly but after a while I got this error:

I navigated to my repository directory and found out that my hooks directory wasn’t a symlink anymore. So I deleted the current hooks directory and re-created the symlink:

Unfortunality this resulted in an error:

The error was caused by my VM. So it had nothing to do with gitlab but it did affect gitlab. I fixed it by going on my Windows Server machine to the directory were VirtualBox was installed. I closed my VM and run this command from the command-line:

Now restart your VM and create the symbolic links and try to push again. It should work now.