I would like to remove absolutely all commits and all branches from a git repo hosted on an internal Gitlab CE 11.0.3 server. In other words, I want it to be like a newly created project. I don’t want to remove issues and wiki though, so I can’t just delete and recreate the project.
This is in order to test a script that does “mirror” pushes to the repository, specifically to make sure it works when the project exists but is empty.
What I’ve tried:
- Deleting all branches via the web UI - the button to delete
- Deleting master from a checkout with
git push -f origin :master- Gitlab says
The default branch of a project cannot be deleted.
- Creating an empty orphan commit and pushing that - git fails with
src refspec master does not match any
- Getting the sysadmin to delete the
projectname.gitfolder - just results in a 404 when visiting the project page
So I’m at a loss. I just can’t seem to get the repo back to the “pristine” state it typically is immediately after creation. Is there a way to do this?