Consolidating Repositories and Groups

Marco Antoniotti marco.antoniotti at
Sun Jan 2 16:45:15 UTC 2022

Thank you Erik,

(sorry for the delayed answer; family got in the way after all).

I guess my next question is whether you can have "hierarchical" groups.
Apart from that, I will bug you separately to rearrange my repositories.

All the best


On Thu, Dec 30, 2021 at 10:05 PM Erik Huelsmann <ehuels at> wrote:

> Hi Marco,
> > It is that time of the year when there is some time to do some hacking.
> > Looking at the CLNET repositories I manage, I noticed two things.
> >  The first one is that there may be a GitLab limit on the number of
> repositories that one can have under her/his name.
> That's correct, but the admins can help you raise the limit, if you
> need, or create new groups (which don't have this limit).
> >  The second is that I have several "legacy" repositories with their own
> "group" and some newer ones without.  (Plus there is the issue of separate
> repositories for documentation, but I can live with that).
> Yes. That's how I set up GitLab when we set it up: in the "old days"
> there were directories per project. Some directories had one
> repository, some had multiple. The structure in GitLab that allowed
> the same setup was to create a group per project and import the
> repositories from the on-disk project directory. There's another
> reason to set it up this way: all repositories need to be allocated to
> either a user or a group. This actually maps nicely from GitHub as
> well, I think, which has the option to create organizations (groups)
> or user accounts; either can have repositories.
> Since the original setup of our GitLab instance, GitLab has added the
> concept of "nested groups": groups-in-a-group. I've never seriously
> considered it for anything, but it's a functionality that we have
> available if we want it.
> > Please bear with me.  I am not a GitLab expert and I am not running the
> show.
> No problem! Happy to be challenged or simply requested for an
> explanation. If there's a better way, I'm all for it!
> > I would like to know how we could go ahead and make it possible to
> "consolidate" "projects" and "repositories" in CLNET GitLab.
> Could you explain a bit what you're looking to achieve? I'm not sure
> what the result looks like when "projects and repositories" are
> consolidated.
> > The idea would be to have something similar to Github "organizations".
> Sure. I *think* I set it up that way, using groups. Does the
> explanation concerning my reasoning help your thoughts?
> > Is this something that you think could benefit CLNET?
> Regards,
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