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I need to build and deploy a Drupal 8 site within an on-premise server with no internet access (developer machines have internet access, and access to a private repo).

I would like to avoid committing the whole vendor directory to the codebase, and use composer to build the site.

As far as I am aware, my options are:

  1. Commit everything, including third-party modules and the vendor directory

  2. Use something like Satis as a local repository and mirror all the necessary dependencies in there, and reference the private Composer repository

Any recommendations on this scenario?

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    Interesting question, though it's not necessarily a Drupal problem. Commit everything or have a different repo for the dependencies maybe to which the dependencies could be pushed to automatically during CI build.
    – leymannx
    Dec 15 '20 at 21:58
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I personnaly don't like to commit vendor dependencies. It makes the code review more complicated before a merge request cause the files you need to review are lost in the middle of an ocean of files you don't need to review.

In your case I would have a CI job which would be run on release branches and would exec composer install then generate a .tar.gz file containing all the files (including /vendor). That CI job would then push the .tar.gz on a repository manager like Nexus. And finally a deploy job in Jenkins would get the last hosted release on the repository manager, push it to the final host, untar it and run drush commands to update the site.

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It's definitely a lot less work to commit everything. If you take that approach, you're basically already done.

Mirroring the dependencies sounds like a lot of work for little gain. If the concern is to minimize the repository size, you could make two repositories, one slimmed-down repository that just has composer and your custom code, and a second repository that includes all the builds with vendor and everything else. For an example of this approach, see the Terminus Build Tools plugin for Pantheon. This example is hosting-platform specific so it can't be used as-is, but may give you some ideas.

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