How I Fixed: Kotlin Spring Boot Auto Reload in IntelliJ IDEA

Coming from a world of JavaScript (and prior, PHP), I am used to my code automatically updating as soon as I save my project. Lately I’ve been playing around with Kotlin, and as of today, Kotlin with Spring Boot inside Intellij IDEA.

And what bugged the heck out of me was that the project needed a manual restart each and every time I made a change.

Now, I found several tutorials that explain how to fix this, but none of them actually solved my problem. So here’s what I had to do – and sadly it’s not absolutely perfect, but it is 95% of the way there.

As ever, if you know a better way, please do share by leaving a comment. Thanks!

The Stuff Everyone Else Says

Google for this problem and there’s a set of steps you will find in almost every result:

  1. Add the Spring Boot Dev Tools to your project dependencies. I am using Grade, so here’s what I had to do:
dependencies {
   implementation("org.springframework.boot:spring-boot-devtools")
   ... other stuff
}
  1. File > Settings… > Build, Execution, Deployment > Compiler > tick Build project automatically
  2. Press SHIFT+CTRL+A (Win/*nix) or Command+SHIFT+A (Mac) to open a pop-up windows, type registry
  3. Find and enabled this option compiler.automake.allow.when.app.running

So far, so good. All those steps are taken from here.

However, after doing this, my project didn’t start auto-restarting whenever I made a change.

The Extra Step

What I had to do was edit my project’s run/debug configuration:

And then in there, select to “update classes and resources” on update, and frame deactivation:

It’s slap bang in the middle, if you are missing it…

Once I’d done this, the Spring Boot app did begin to restart when I made a change to my, admittedly, very simple application.

I had this:

package demo

import org.springframework.boot.autoconfigure.SpringBootApplication
import org.springframework.boot.runApplication
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.GetMapping
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RestController

@SpringBootApplication
class DemoApplication

fun main(args: Array<String>) {
   runApplication<DemoApplication>(*args)
}

data class Message(val id: String?, val text: String)

@RestController
class MessageResource {
   @GetMapping
   fun index(): List<Message> = listOf(
         Message("1", "Hello"),
         Message("2", "Dag"),
         Message("3", "Goedenavond"),
   )

}

And then I could add a fourth, fifth, sixth, etc entry to the list:

@GetMapping
fun index(): List<Message> = listOf(
      Message("1", "Hello"),
      Message("2", "Dag"),
      Message("3", "Goedenavond"),
      Message("4", "Chris"),
      Message("5", "Code Review Videos"),
)

And so why I say it’s not perfect is that yes, it does rebuild the project, but only when IntelliJ loses focus.

In other words, I need to manually switch to e.g. Postman and only then does the project rebuild. I find this a little strange, but it’s good enough.

My concerns would be that if you have a large Kotlin / Java project, this compilation step may take a while, and so that’s why this isn’t a thing by default(?).

Who knows. It’s fine for my “hello world” tier abilities. And also my PC is ridiculously OP anyway, so 🤷 right?

How I Fixed: cannot access ‘java.io.serializable’ which is a supertype of ‘kotlin.int’

A super easy one today, as things often are when you’re just starting out. But they can be frustrating when they happen all the same.

When learning Kotlin I’ve been using the Kotlin Koans project that’s part of IntelliJ IDEA Edu.

When filling in the examples, I have been getting the error:

cannot access 'java.io.serializable' which is a supertype of 'kotlin.int'

The fix is really simple, though a little intuitive.

sudo apt install default-jre

// after which

➜  ~ java --version
openjdk 11.0.11 2021-04-20
OpenJDK Runtime Environment (build 11.0.11+9-Ubuntu-0ubuntu2.20.10)
OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 11.0.11+9-Ubuntu-0ubuntu2.20.10, mixed mode, sharing)

So, all good. I didn’t have java installed.

Makes me wonder how on earth the example Koans were able to run then, given I was at least 6 Koans in before I got so annoyed with that error that I decided to fix it.

How I Fixed: Error response from daemon: Get https://registry.example.com/v2/: unauthorized: HTTP Basic: Access denied

OK – silly problem time.

A while back I force reset the password of one of my automated CI users. For a variety of reasons, I never checked that this had worked properly.

When I went to log in via the command line today, I was getting this:

➜  docker login -u myuser registry.example.com
Password: 
Error response from daemon: Get https://registry.example.com/v2/: unauthorized: HTTP Basic: Access denied

Very confusing.

I hard reset the user’s password via the GitLab Admin Panel, but still the problem persisted.

Simple fix: log in as this user via the web GUI.

Once you do that, you should see the password change prompt. Change your password there, and et voila, you can now login from the command line again.

It would be useful if the service offered a better message around this occurrence, but I’m guessing it’s a bit of a weird edge case. I’m actually not sure if the issue lies with GitLab or the Docker Registry image honestly.

Either way, hopefully that solves your problem.

How I Solved: Cannot connect to the Docker daemon at tcp://dind:2375. Is the docker daemon running?

OK, tl;dr, this is not a true fix. However, it works. Or worked for me.

The issue I have been facing, the one that has cost me my entire Saturday morning, is this:

➜  gitlab-ci docker-compose up 
Creating network "gitlab-ci_default" with the default driver
Creating gitlab-ci_runner_1_28ccd2f6e08d          ... done
Creating gitlab-ci_register-runner_1_6ddb7e90a9d3 ... done
Creating gitlab-ci_dind_1_bb210df194a2            ... done
Attaching to gitlab-ci_runner_1_3cb60d519ae8, gitlab-ci_register-runner_1_941db09830b5, gitlab-ci_dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4
runner_1_3cb60d519ae8 | Runtime platform                                    arch=amd64 os=linux pid=7 revision=61e7606f version=14.1.0~beta.182.g61e7606f
runner_1_3cb60d519ae8 | Starting multi-runner from /etc/gitlab-runner/config.toml...  builds=0
runner_1_3cb60d519ae8 | Running in system-mode.                            
runner_1_3cb60d519ae8 |                                                    
runner_1_3cb60d519ae8 | Configuration loaded                                builds=0
runner_1_3cb60d519ae8 | listen_address not defined, metrics &amp; debug endpoints disabled  builds=0
runner_1_3cb60d519ae8 | &#91;session_server].listen_address not defined, session endpoints disabled  builds=0
register-runner_1_941db09830b5 | Runtime platform                                    arch=amd64 os=linux pid=7 revision=61e7606f version=14.1.0~beta.182.g61e7606f
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | Generating RSA private key, 4096 bit long modulus (2 primes)
register-runner_1_941db09830b5 | Running in system-mode.                            
register-runner_1_941db09830b5 |                                                    
register-runner_1_941db09830b5 | Registering runner... succeeded                     runner=cjX3zQG_
register-runner_1_941db09830b5 | Runner registered successfully. Feel free to start it, but if it's running already the config should be automatically reloaded! 
gitlab-ci_register-runner_1_941db09830b5 exited with code 0
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | .............................++++
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | ...........................................................................................................................................................++++
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | e is 65537 (0x010001)
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | Generating RSA private key, 4096 bit long modulus (2 primes)
runner_1_3cb60d519ae8 | Configuration loaded                                builds=0
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | .......++++
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | .............++++
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | e is 65537 (0x010001)
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | Signature ok
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | subject=CN = docker:dind server
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | Getting CA Private Key
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | /certs/server/cert.pem: OK
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | Generating RSA private key, 4096 bit long modulus (2 primes)
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | ................................................................++++
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | ...................................................................................................................++++
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | e is 65537 (0x010001)
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | Signature ok
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | subject=CN = docker:dind client
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | Getting CA Private Key
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | /certs/client/cert.pem: OK
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.193084271Z" level=info msg="Starting up"
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.194256426Z" level=warning msg="could not change group /var/run/docker.sock to docker: group docker not found"
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.198038066Z" level=info msg="libcontainerd: started new containerd process" pid=53
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.198088131Z" level=info msg="parsed scheme: "unix"" module=grpc
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.198099583Z" level=info msg="scheme "unix" not registered, fallback to default scheme" module=grpc
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.198127773Z" level=info msg="ccResolverWrapper: sending update to cc: {&#91;{unix:///var/run/docker/containerd/containerd.sock  &lt;nil&gt; 0 &lt;nil&gt;}] &lt;nil&gt; &lt;nil&gt;}" module=grpc
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.198154133Z" level=info msg="ClientConn switching balancer to "pick_first"" module=grpc
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.211367108Z" level=info msg="starting containerd" revision=d71fcd7d8303cbf684402823e425e9dd2e99285d version=v1.4.6
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.236199982Z" level=info msg="loading plugin "io.containerd.content.v1.content"..." type=io.containerd.content.v1
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.236321650Z" level=info msg="loading plugin "io.containerd.snapshotter.v1.aufs"..." type=io.containerd.snapshotter.v1
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.240984040Z" level=info msg="loading plugin "io.containerd.snapshotter.v1.btrfs"..." type=io.containerd.snapshotter.v1
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.241236268Z" level=info msg="skip loading plugin "io.containerd.snapshotter.v1.btrfs"..." error="path /var/lib/docker/containerd/daemon/io.containerd.snapshotter.v1.btrfs (ext4) must be a btrfs filesystem to be used with the btrfs snapshotter: skip plugin" type=io.containerd.snapshotter.v1
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.241270029Z" level=info msg="loading plugin "io.containerd.snapshotter.v1.devmapper"..." type=io.containerd.snapshotter.v1
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.241295950Z" level=warning msg="failed to load plugin io.containerd.snapshotter.v1.devmapper" error="devmapper not configured"
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.241311248Z" level=info msg="loading plugin "io.containerd.snapshotter.v1.native"..." type=io.containerd.snapshotter.v1
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.241375982Z" level=info msg="loading plugin "io.containerd.snapshotter.v1.overlayfs"..." type=io.containerd.snapshotter.v1
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.241537098Z" level=info msg="loading plugin "io.containerd.snapshotter.v1.zfs"..." type=io.containerd.snapshotter.v1
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.241730231Z" level=info msg="skip loading plugin "io.containerd.snapshotter.v1.zfs"..." error="path /var/lib/docker/containerd/daemon/io.containerd.snapshotter.v1.zfs must be a zfs filesystem to be used with the zfs snapshotter: skip plugin" type=io.containerd.snapshotter.v1
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.241748382Z" level=info msg="loading plugin "io.containerd.metadata.v1.bolt"..." type=io.containerd.metadata.v1
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.241783028Z" level=warning msg="could not use snapshotter devmapper in metadata plugin" error="devmapper not configured"
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.241794800Z" level=info msg="metadata content store policy set" policy=shared
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.262730870Z" level=info msg="loading plugin "io.containerd.differ.v1.walking"..." type=io.containerd.differ.v1
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.262764458Z" level=info msg="loading plugin "io.containerd.gc.v1.scheduler"..." type=io.containerd.gc.v1
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.262808206Z" level=info msg="loading plugin "io.containerd.service.v1.introspection-service"..." type=io.containerd.service.v1
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.262843956Z" level=info msg="loading plugin "io.containerd.service.v1.containers-service"..." type=io.containerd.service.v1
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.262862664Z" level=info msg="loading plugin "io.containerd.service.v1.content-service"..." type=io.containerd.service.v1
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.262875776Z" level=info msg="loading plugin "io.containerd.service.v1.diff-service"..." type=io.containerd.service.v1
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.262889612Z" level=info msg="loading plugin "io.containerd.service.v1.images-service"..." type=io.containerd.service.v1
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.262902664Z" level=info msg="loading plugin "io.containerd.service.v1.leases-service"..." type=io.containerd.service.v1
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.262923290Z" level=info msg="loading plugin "io.containerd.service.v1.namespaces-service"..." type=io.containerd.service.v1
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.262946006Z" level=info msg="loading plugin "io.containerd.service.v1.snapshots-service"..." type=io.containerd.service.v1
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.262959263Z" level=info msg="loading plugin "io.containerd.runtime.v1.linux"..." type=io.containerd.runtime.v1
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.263113401Z" level=info msg="loading plugin "io.containerd.runtime.v2.task"..." type=io.containerd.runtime.v2
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.263225410Z" level=info msg="loading plugin "io.containerd.monitor.v1.cgroups"..." type=io.containerd.monitor.v1
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.263552551Z" level=info msg="loading plugin "io.containerd.service.v1.tasks-service"..." type=io.containerd.service.v1
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.263577871Z" level=info msg="loading plugin "io.containerd.internal.v1.restart"..." type=io.containerd.internal.v1
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.263616499Z" level=info msg="loading plugin "io.containerd.grpc.v1.containers"..." type=io.containerd.grpc.v1
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.263632647Z" level=info msg="loading plugin "io.containerd.grpc.v1.content"..." type=io.containerd.grpc.v1
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.263648459Z" level=info msg="loading plugin "io.containerd.grpc.v1.diff"..." type=io.containerd.grpc.v1
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.263661513Z" level=info msg="loading plugin "io.containerd.grpc.v1.events"..." type=io.containerd.grpc.v1
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.263674151Z" level=info msg="loading plugin "io.containerd.grpc.v1.healthcheck"..." type=io.containerd.grpc.v1
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.263687079Z" level=info msg="loading plugin "io.containerd.grpc.v1.images"..." type=io.containerd.grpc.v1
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.263699853Z" level=info msg="loading plugin "io.containerd.grpc.v1.leases"..." type=io.containerd.grpc.v1
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.263789801Z" level=info msg="loading plugin "io.containerd.grpc.v1.namespaces"..." type=io.containerd.grpc.v1
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.263807278Z" level=info msg="loading plugin "io.containerd.internal.v1.opt"..." type=io.containerd.internal.v1
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.263947799Z" level=info msg="loading plugin "io.containerd.grpc.v1.snapshots"..." type=io.containerd.grpc.v1
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.263971592Z" level=info msg="loading plugin "io.containerd.grpc.v1.tasks"..." type=io.containerd.grpc.v1
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.263987446Z" level=info msg="loading plugin "io.containerd.grpc.v1.version"..." type=io.containerd.grpc.v1
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.264001179Z" level=info msg="loading plugin "io.containerd.grpc.v1.introspection"..." type=io.containerd.grpc.v1
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.264194211Z" level=info msg=serving... address=/var/run/docker/containerd/containerd-debug.sock
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.264252887Z" level=info msg=serving... address=/var/run/docker/containerd/containerd.sock.ttrpc
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.264299356Z" level=info msg=serving... address=/var/run/docker/containerd/containerd.sock
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.264314178Z" level=info msg="containerd successfully booted in 0.053975s"
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.271530892Z" level=info msg="parsed scheme: "unix"" module=grpc
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.271565662Z" level=info msg="scheme "unix" not registered, fallback to default scheme" module=grpc
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.271592175Z" level=info msg="ccResolverWrapper: sending update to cc: {&#91;{unix:///var/run/docker/containerd/containerd.sock  &lt;nil&gt; 0 &lt;nil&gt;}] &lt;nil&gt; &lt;nil&gt;}" module=grpc
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.271613087Z" level=info msg="ClientConn switching balancer to "pick_first"" module=grpc
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.272302289Z" level=info msg="parsed scheme: "unix"" module=grpc
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.272321745Z" level=info msg="scheme "unix" not registered, fallback to default scheme" module=grpc
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.272351355Z" level=info msg="ccResolverWrapper: sending update to cc: {&#91;{unix:///var/run/docker/containerd/containerd.sock  &lt;nil&gt; 0 &lt;nil&gt;}] &lt;nil&gt; &lt;nil&gt;}" module=grpc
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.272365620Z" level=info msg="ClientConn switching balancer to "pick_first"" module=grpc
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.342826242Z" level=warning msg="Your kernel does not support swap memory limit"
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.342846686Z" level=warning msg="Your kernel does not support CPU realtime scheduler"
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.342999134Z" level=info msg="Loading containers: start."
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.417804617Z" level=info msg="Default bridge (docker0) is assigned with an IP address 172.17.0.0/16. Daemon option --bip can be used to set a preferred IP address"
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.465223597Z" level=info msg="Loading containers: done."
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.494192010Z" level=info msg="Docker daemon" commit=b0f5bc3 graphdriver(s)=overlay2 version=20.10.7
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.494297708Z" level=info msg="Daemon has completed initialization"
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.559800797Z" level=info msg="API listen on /var/run/docker.sock"
dind_1_a0ef0b8a29e4 | time="2021-06-19T09:44:43.565866502Z" level=info msg="API listen on &#91;::]:2376"
runner_1_3cb60d519ae8 | Checking for jobs... received                       job=870 repo_url=https://example.com/myrepo/myproject.git runner=A6qDsS-H
runner_1_3cb60d519ae8 | ERROR: Failed to remove network for build           error=networksManager is undefined job=870 network= project=90 runner=A6qDsS-H
runner_1_3cb60d519ae8 | WARNING: Preparation failed: Cannot connect to the Docker daemon at tcp://dind:2375. Is the docker daemon running? (docker.go:865:0s)  job=870 project=90 runner=A6qDsS-H
runner_1_3cb60d519ae8 | Will be retried in 3s ...                           job=870 project=90 runner=A6qDsS-H
runner_1_3cb60d519ae8 | ERROR: Failed to remove network for build           error=networksManager is undefined job=870 network= project=90 runner=A6qDsS-H
runner_1_3cb60d519ae8 | WARNING: Preparation failed: Cannot connect to the Docker daemon at tcp://dind:2375. Is the docker daemon running? (docker.go:865:0s)  job=870 project=90 runner=A6qDsS-H
runner_1_3cb60d519ae8 | Will be retried in 3s ...                           job=870 project=90 runner=A6qDsS-H
runner_1_3cb60d519ae8 | ERROR: Failed to remove network for build           error=networksManager is undefined job=870 network= project=90 runner=A6qDsS-H
runner_1_3cb60d519ae8 | WARNING: Preparation failed: Cannot connect to the Docker daemon at tcp://dind:2375. Is the docker daemon running? (docker.go:865:0s)  job=870 project=90 runner=A6qDsS-H
runner_1_3cb60d519ae8 | Will be retried in 3s ...                           job=870 project=90 runner=A6qDsS-H
runner_1_3cb60d519ae8 | ERROR: Job failed (system failure): Cannot connect to the Docker daemon at tcp://dind:2375. Is the docker daemon running? (docker.go:865:0s)  duration_s=9.004197071 job=870 project=90 runner=A6qDsS-H
runner_1_3cb60d519ae8 | WARNING: Failed to process runner                   builds=0 error=Cannot connect to the Docker daemon at tcp://dind:2375. Is the docker daemon running? (docker.go:865:0s) executor=docker runner=A6qDsS-H

The critical lines being:

WARNING: Preparation failed: Cannot connect to the Docker daemon at tcp://dind:2375. Is the docker daemon running? (docker.go:865:0s)

This setup is for GitLab CI, where I run GitLab Runner through docker compose.

Here’s my docker-compose.yaml config, for what it’s worth:

version: '3'

services:

  dind:
    restart: always
    privileged: true
    volumes:
    - /var/lib/docker
    image: docker:17.09.0-ce-dind 
    entrypoint: &#91;"dockerd-entrypoint.sh", "--tls=false", "--storage-driver=overlay2"]

  runner:
    restart: always
    image: gitlab/gitlab-runner:alpine
    volumes:
    - ./gitlab/runner:/etc/gitlab-runner:Z
    - ./gitlab/runner/builds:/builds
    environment:
    - DOCKER_HOST=tcp://dind:2375
      
  register-runner:
    restart: 'no'
    image: gitlab/gitlab-runner:alpine
    volumes:
    - ./gitlab/runner:/etc/gitlab-runner:Z
    command:
    - register
    - --non-interactive
    - --locked=false
    - --name=mybox
    - --executor=docker
    - --docker-image=docker:19.03.12
    - --docker-privileged
    environment:
    - CI_SERVER_URL=http://example.com/
    - REGISTRATION_TOKEN=my-token-here

(careful, this won’t copy paste due to WP funking up the encoding)

Note, the docker image version used by dind is the most important part here. The docker image version used by register-runner doesn’t seem to matter.

Prior to this I tried the very latest docker image, then docker:19.03.12 as per the official GitLab docs (at the time of writing), and then fortunately, I had my ancient configs which gave me the heads up to try a much older version of Docker.

So it seems using the older docker version ‘fixes’ this. I don’t know why – and I don’t have time (nor really, the inclination) to investigate. If you’re looking for a quick fix, hopefully this works for you. And if you do have the proper fix, please let me know via a comment.

How I Fixed: Electron builder rcedit-x64.exe”: file does not exist

This is likely a very specific issue to my setup, but on the off chance this helps someone, I figured I would share it.

During Electron builds, whilst building for Windows (NSIS) using GitLab CI on Windows, I kept hitting the following error, causing the build to fail:

   ⨯ cannot execute  cause=exec: "C:\\Windows\\TEMP\\electron-builder-cache\\winCodeSign\\winCodeSign-2.6.0\\rcedit-x64.exe": file does not exist
                     command='C:\Windows\TEMP\electron-builder-cache\winCodeSign\winCodeSign-2.6.0\rcedit-x64.exe' 'C:\gitlab-ci-runner\builds\3RB9ixUo\0\affiliatestatstracker\app\release\win-unpacked\Affiliate Stats Tracker.exe' --set-version-string FileDescription 'Affiliate Stats Tracker' --set-version-string ProductName 'Affiliate Stats Tracker' --set-version-string LegalCopyright 'Copyright © 2020 A6Software' --set-file-version 1.10.0.111 --set-product-version 1.10.0.111 --set-version-string InternalName 'Affiliate Stats Tracker' --set-version-string OriginalFilename '' --set-version-string CompanyName A6Software --set-icon 'C:\gitlab-ci-runner\builds\3RB9ixUo\0\affiliatestatstracker\app\release\.icon-ico\icon.ico'
                     workingDir=
   • Above command failed, retrying 0 more times
 error Command failed with exit code 1.

The fix to this is to ensure the GitLab CI Runner is running as an admin user.

In my case, this means starting Power Shell using “run as administrator”, and then stopping / restarting the GitLab CI Runner.

My issue was caused, it would seem, by running the runner outside of the administrator mode / in regular Power Shell. I don’t use Windows much, sue me.

Anyway, another debug step on this one is to browse to the GitLab CI runner directory, go into the builds directory, right to the dir where GitLab CI left all the files after the previous run failed. From there, you should be able to manually build the project. If you can, likely you have the same issue I had as above.

Like I say, a very specific issue. But hopefully it helps someone, at some point.