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GitLab U-Turns on Deleting Dormant Projects After Backlash

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Word of the deletion policy as a money-saving exercise sparked fury on Twitter and Reddit.

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Now makes vague pledge to shove inactive repos into slow object storage

Simon Sharwood, APAC EditorFri 5 Aug 2022 // 00:30 UTC



GitLab has reversed its decision to automatically delete projects that have been inactive for more than a year and belong to its free user tier.

GitLab had planned to introduce the policy in late September, according to a report by The Register. The company hoped the move would save it up to $1 million a year in hosting costs and help make its SaaS business sustainable.

GitLab described the plan in internal documents: "After 2022-09-22 we will be rolling out the Data Retention Policy For Free Users. This sub-program will impose limits on the number of months a free project can remain inactive before we automatically delete it and data therein."

Online pressure, following The Register's reporting, forced a dramatic rethink of the policy. The company later tweeted to say it will archive dormant projects in slower storage.

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