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synchronise GitLab repositories

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This provides the gitlab-sync tool which clones GitLab and updates repositories.


You will need to have SSH access configured for GitLab, and have created a personal access token with API access.

The config goes in ~/.config/gitlab-sync.toml or ~/.gitlab-sync.toml, which is TOML.

access-token = "9koXpg98eAheJpvBs5tK"
# you can see the paths of groups from the URL on GitLab
paths = [ "path/to/team-x" ]
# strip the common prefix from the given path
strip-path = true
strategy = "mirror"

# get the gitlab access token from running a command
access-token = ["pass", "GitLab/api-access-token"]

# paths to clone from GitLab, can include slashes for groups/projects
paths = [ "mintel", "obristow" ]
strategy = "mirror"


$ gitlab-sync local-update


You have to define a strategy for each local copy you define in config, the strategy defines what will happen when gitlab-sync runs over the given copy.


  1. delete repositories which no longer exist remotely
  2. move repositories which have been moved remotely
  3. update local repositories
  4. clean local repositories (prune+gc)
  5. clone new repositories

This is good for having a local copy which you can use to perform searches in using something like ag.

The local copies should not be modified by users.

To do

  • flesh out integration tests
  • cater for new repositories being made locally and pushed remotely
  • compare (toasted-)marshmallow as a replacement for attr+voluptious - marshmallow uses attr

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