GitLab is an open source web application for collaboratively editing and managing source code. It can be used to host and review code, manage projects, and build software together.
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Trigger when a commit is made on the specified project.
Triggers on issue events, e.g. when an issue is opened, updated, or closed.
Triggers when a new job occurred.
Triggers on an open, merge, or close merge request event.
Trigger whenever your website is down.
The purpose of this article is to discuss how GitLab can be integrated with Downtime Alert. This article will examine what GitLab is and what Downtime Alert is, the benefits of integration of GitLab and Downtime Alert, as well as an outline for this article.
GitLab is a cloud-based application that allows users to manage software development projects. It provides users with a git repository, issue tracking, code reviews, and task management. (GitLab)
Downtime Alert is a service that notifies users when their website goes down. It also allows users to view the status of the website and its response time. They can also receive status messages via email, SMS, Slack, HipChat, or Pushbullet. (Downtime Alert)
sudo apt-get install apache2 libapache2-mod-php5 -y
Next, we write a file named “test.php” using nano text editor:
In this file we write. <?php phpinfo(); ?> and then save it. Then type in the terminal. sudo apachectl restart . Next open a browser and navigate to http://localhost/test.php . If everything went as planned we should see a screen like this one below:
Now that we know that our local website is working correctly, we need to make sure that it is accessible from outside sources as well; otherwise, if we were to put our website down there would be no way for us to know about it because our local machine would still be able to access it but other computers wouldn’t be able to get through to it. In order for other computers to be able to access our website we need to forward ports from our router by going into our router and forwarding ports 80 and 443 to our local machine. After doing this both of these ports are now forwarded from our local machine to our router so that if someone were to try to access our website they would get through because they would be accessing it through our router rather than just directly connecting to our computer. Now that we have forwarded ports from our router we need to put our website down so that Downtime Alert can send us a notification about it going down. To put our website down we simply run the fplowing command in terminal. sudo apachectl stop . Next we run curl wss://www.example.com , which will return an error stating that the certificate is invalid because we don’t have our SSL certificate installed yet; however, since our website is down it doesn’t matter because no one can access it anyways so we can ignore this error message for now. We then run curl wss://downtimeriot-p13n8g5mq7u5p4z4h-gitlab-server.nowhere1234567890987654e890c9b85d3d8f0ch9f5g7e6a.apps.googleusercontent.com/project/proj/issues/1000001/1000001_1927942237946/1000001_1927942237946_2019-06-05T20-10-16Z_0_0/test-project-1-540x315_240x180_160x120_320x240_640x480_96x96_240x320_160x120_320x240_100x100_160x120_160x120_320x240_320x240_640x480?authuser=0&token=4f3b6d935a795a57fbbf908413366665 . This command tells curl to send an HTTP GET request to port 80 on example.com . We then see an error message stating that “Could not respve host. www.example.com” because our Apache server is not running because we stopped it earlier when we ran the command sudo apachectl stop . This is exactly what we want because now if anyone tries to access http://www.example.com they will get an error message stating that “the requested URL /test.php was not found on this server” because we don’t have an index file set up for our website yet; however, since we don’t have any files on our server yet, this isn’t actually a problem because no one will try to access our website anyways because they won’t know its address since its buried in Terminal right now anyways so this is fine for now since once again no one can access it anyways due to us not having an index file for it yet. We then close Terminal and open a new tab in Google Chrome because after all we need to check out the other services such as Slack and HipChat in order to see if they work properly with Downtime Alert as well as if they can alert us when our website goes down so we can see if what we did works or not so we can fix anything wrong with it if there happens to be something wrong with any of these services or integrations that we set up or else we won’t know if anything went wrong when testing out other services later on in case something does go wrong with any integrations or services later on in our testing process so let’s do that now by opening Google Chrome and navigating to https://downtimeriot-p13n8g5mq7u5p4z4h-gitlab-server.nowhere1234567890987654e890c9b85d3d8f0ch9f5g7e6a.apps.googleusercontent.com/project/proj/issues/1000001/1000001_1927942237946/1000001_1927942237946_2019-06-05T20-10-16Z_0_0/test-project-1-540x315_240x180_160x120_320x240_640x480_96x96_240x320_160x120_320x240_100x100_160x120_160x120_320x240_320x240_640x480?authuser=0&
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