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I have a single repo handling integration tests for 4 different software projects. As those projects share common resources, I'd like to create a generic file in which all those common features are set properly for preparing the CI/CD job.
The project organization looks like the following:

project_root:
  > folder_1
  > folder_2
  > folder_3
  > folder_4

From GitLab's documentation on the include keyword, I understand that it is possible to include a file that would handle the common features of all those projects so I don't have to write those command lines in the 4 differents gitlab-ci.yml. So I thought I could do the following:

project_root:
 common-features-handler.yml
  > folder_1
   gitlab-ci.yml
  > folder_2
   gitlab-ci.yml
  > folder_3
   gitlab-ci.yml
  > folder_4
   gitlab-ci.yml

The thing is, the documentation is unclear on whether it is possible to have multiple gitlab-ci.yml files in the same repo, regardless of them being in separate folders. It just says that this file should be "placed at the root of [the] repository", so I guess this, in itself, excludes the possibility of having several gitlab-ci.yml files in the same repo. I tried including the common-features-handler.yml file in the gitlab-ci.yml from folder_1 but the job didn't even launched. My guess is that, as it was not at the root of the project, it simply wasn't seen by the CI pipeline. This makes me think that it's not possible for one repo to handle several gitlab-ci files, but I couldn't find anything about it in the doc or online to confirm or infirm this hypothesis.

So is it possible to have multiple gitlab-ci files in a single repo in one way or another? If not, is there a way for avoiding writing the same setup command lines four times?

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    In your project settings you can define where the .gitlab-ci.yml is, the main idea is to have one file per project, you may have a repo with multiple files to maintain them and have them include per project. (it's a bit terse for an answer, if someone want to extend from this, feel free) – Tensibai Dec 10 '18 at 15:24
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A bit late here, but no, you can't have multiple gitlab-ci files per repository. You can see more information in the following links :

Now, there are some work in progress about this, but it's not available yet. For example, you can see here ( https://gitlab.com/gitlab-org/gitlab-ce/issues/56214 ) that they are working on pipeline which can include other (complete) pipelines.

The include keyword is more about reducing the size of your main gitlab-ci file.

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