Variable CI_CONFIG_PATH not honored anymore?

I’m having an issue with a project hosted on,

My .gitlab-ci.yml is placed under a ci folder, so I’ve created a variable CI_CONFIG_PATH with value ci/.gitlab-ci.yml

It’s not masked neither protected. Till a couple of weeks ago was working fine and suddenly today I needed to run the pipeline and it doesn’t work anymore.

I’ve also tried with the web interface and remotely with curl to pass the variable manually, but I have the same problem.

Am I missing something? Or anything is changed on

The error I get when I try to start the pipeline is:

Pipeline cannot be run.

Missing CI config file

The variable I’m speaking about is described here:

Thanks :heart: in advance!!