[solved] Gitlab pages Hugo template fails to generate post preview

I’m new to this on multiple levels. But I’m kind of can’t get past this after a full day of poking around.

The Gitlab pages Hugo example site lists a preview for all recent posts on the main page below the _index.md content: https://pages.gitlab.io/hugo/

But after two repeat download an install of that template, my blog home page only lists the _index.md content and a link to a bold header simply labeled “Posts”: https://smidtc.gitlab.io/blog/

I would like it instead that my most recent posts are displayed directly on the page’s front page.

[update: it was a hugo issue, this work around solved it https://gitlab.com/pages/hugo/issues/37]