Bitnami switched the installation method from source to Omnibus starting with version 8.16.3-0. Updates are now easier but you should first switch your installation to Omnibus. The procedure would consist of the following steps:
1- Back up your current Gitlab data.
2- Install an Omnibus package for the same version of Gitlab you already have on a fresh instance. Please note you should install Gitlab from http://gitlab.com/, not Bitnami.
3- Restore the backup you performed earlier.
4- Upgrade Gitlab Omnibus by following the standard upgrade procedure.
5- Back up the upgraded Gitlab data.
6- Install a Bitnami Gitlab VM (https://bitnami.com/stack/gitlab/virtual-machine) and restore the previous backup.
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