Gitlab ignores gitlab.rb configuration

:joy:Hello and welcome!:joy:

So recently I have been getting into the whole linux world and setting up my own gitlab server, which means that I am not the most experienced user this software has ever seen.

After I installed it, I really wanted to learn how to correctly configure the mail module of gitlab, so I started reading about how to do so. After I entered all the different settings that I wanted in the /etc/gitlab/gitlab.rb file (which to my understanding is where the gitlab.yml is generated from?), I reconfigured gitlab with the command.

sudo gitlab-ctl reconfigure

However nothing changed, so I attempted to change basic values in the configuration, and proceded to reconfigure however everytime I reloaded nothing changed. So now I’ve ended up deleting the file and reconfigured once again, and gitlab is somehow perfectly happy with this?

If anyone could point me in the right direction as towards what my steps should be in order to start configuring gitlab correctly I would greatly appreciate it.

Also I apologize if this is a repost, I did a search but I couldn’t seem to find anything similar, which makes me think I did something incredibly stupid and rudementary.

Best regards – Alex