In 2019 I wrote about how I get around static IP restrictions when working in different places.
The world is very different now and whilst I’m not travelling anymore I still use sshuttle regularly to make my traffic look like its coming from a given location.

Recently I started switching some of my projects to run on docker locally (annoyingly this was before Laravel Sail was announced). However one of the challenges with sshuttle + docker in the way I’d originally got things set up is your networking gets messed up and consequently nothing really works for the project - not ideal.

Thats not the end of the story though, there’s an easy fix here - exclude the docker subnets from sshuttle.

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Introduction

Recently at work we started using PHP7.2 for all of our new projects. We’d previously been using the TetraWeb docker images for our Gitlab CI needs, however they only (at the time of writing) have a docker images for versions up to PHP7.1.

I tasked one of the junior members of my team with upgrading one of our projects and came back to our repositories commit history looking like this:

Gitlab commit history

Kind of ugly and not so useful when scanning our commit history.

In this article I want to show how we can test our Gitlab CI config locally whilst we’re working out how to set it up properly before we push it to Gitlab as well as keep our commit history cleaner in the process.

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Talv Bansal

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