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Delete existing migrations

When removing existing migrations from the GitLab project, you have to take into account the possibility of the migration already been included in past releases or in the current release, and thus already executed on and/or in self-managed instances.

Because of it, it's not possible to delete existing migrations, as that could lead to:

  • Schema inconsistency, as changes introduced into the database were not rolled back properly.
  • Leaving a record on the schema_versions table, that points out to migration that no longer exists on the codebase.

Instead of deleting we can opt for disabling the migration.

Pre-requisites to disable a migration

Migrations can be disabled if:

  • They caused a timeout or general issue on
  • They are obsoleted, for example, changes are not necessary due to a feature change.
  • Migration is a data migration only, that is, the migration does not change the database schema.

How to disable a data migration?

In order to disable a migration, the following steps apply to all types of migrations:

  1. Turn the migration into a no-op by removing the code inside #up, #down or #perform methods, and adding # no-op comment instead.
  2. Add a comment explaining why the code is gone.

Disabling migrations requires explicit approval of Database Maintainer.