Install of gitlab-ee on Centos 8 hung

I am trying to do a fresh install of gitlab-ee-14.4.0 on Centos 8.3 by running ‘EXTERNAL_URL=“https://<my_server>” dnf install gitlab-ee’. Dnf is hung with the following:

....snip....
Is this ok [y/N]: y
Downloading Packages:
[SKIPPED] gitlab-ee-14.4.0-ee.0.el8.x86_64.rpm: Already downloaded             
Running transaction check
Transaction check succeeded.
Running transaction test
Transaction test succeeded.
Running transaction
  Preparing        :                                                        1/1 
  Running scriptlet: gitlab-ee-14.4.0-ee.0.el8.x86_64                       1/1 
  Installing       : gitlab-ee-14.4.0-ee.0.el8.x86_64                       1/1 
  Running scriptlet: gitlab-ee-14.4.0-ee.0.el8.x86_64                       1/1 


I had an strace running for dnf and this is where the process hangs. It is a constant poll of /opt/gitlab/service/logrotate/supervise/ok:

[pid 1137208] stat("/opt/gitlab/service/logrotate/supervise/ok", 0x7ffe22fa1110) = -1 ENOENT (No such file or directory)
[pid 1137208] ppoll([{fd=3, events=POLLIN}], 1, {tv_sec=1, tv_nsec=0}, NULL, 8)

If I abort dnf w/ I get 1000s of lines of output with no obvious error. The last few lines are:

          * file[/opt/gitlab/sv/logrotate/down] action nothing (skipped due to action :nothing)
          * directory[/opt/gitlab/service] action create (up to date)
          * link[/opt/gitlab/service/logrotate] action create (up to date)
          * ruby_block[wait for logrotate service socket] action run
[root@<my_server> ~]# 

Checking the status of gitlab-runsvdir I see that it is dead. Restarting gitlab I only see gitlab-logrotate-wrapper running.

If I dnf remove gitlab-ee I see that /etc/gitlab, /opt/gitlab, and /var/opt/gitlab are still populated with data. I have tried several things to resolve this:

  • dnf remove gitlab-ee; rm -rf /etc/gitlab /opt/gitlab /var/opt/gitlab; re-install gitlab-ee as before
  • dnf remove gitlab-ee; leave above directories as is; dnf install gitlab-ee
  • leave above directories as is; dnf reinstall gitlab-ee

I have had instances of dnf remove; removing directories; dnf install and all of say /var/opt/gitlab is still missing. I am having a real hard time getting consistent behavior out of the installation process.

My questions are:

  • Is this a known problem with installing on Centos 8.3?
  • Given the loop on checking logrotate service, what should I be checking for the failure of this service?
  • What additional steps need to be completed in the scriptlet?
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