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Jonty Sidney

01/10/2023, 10:30 AM
hey guys. im trying to get a very basic setup of backstage up and running in our org. and im trying to hook it up to our gitlab cloud. i am really struggling to set things up (eg: cant get the discovery of templates etc to operate correctly or set up different users etc). the docs on the website are super in-depth but i just cant seem to get it up and running. does anyone have any good tutorials or advice for getting started with backstage?
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Asaf Erlich

01/10/2023, 4:34 PM
Which step in https://backstage.io/docs/getting-started/ are you having trouble with? Also backstage has a discord mentioned here that is going to be able to provide you much more help than this slack channel: https://backstage.io/docs/overview/support
And they are super helpful on the discord, often answering rather quickly
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Jonty Sidney

01/11/2023, 6:46 AM
so mostly im just struggling to understand why the gitlab plugin isnt working correctly (specifically its not displayng any of the cards for a given entity as well as not pulling anything in from our gitlab instance automatically).
i am on their discord site... ironically, i havent had a good experience so far... no one has responded to me (maybe they just dont like me :P)
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Asaf Erlich

01/11/2023, 12:43 PM
Does it output any logs?
There are two options options when debugging plugins if the existing output is not enough. You can clone the Backstage repo and yarn link, then step through with a debugger or add logs. Alternatively you can run the commands to install a new internal plugin then copy paste all of the gitlab plugin to your local one then step through with a debugger or add logs.
I only needed to do that when a plugin doesn't log anything though
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Jerzy K

03/03/2023, 9:30 AM
@Jonty Sidney - if you still need help you can DM me - maybe we find a solution together.
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