Add support for `when:manual` within triggered pipelines
Problem to solve or address
Using trigger to create multi-project or parent-child pipelines does not support
when: manual configs, with the docs stating "
when:manual prevents triggers being used." The best reasoning I can find for this is a slight mention in a note in MR 9107:
we might not want to support
Customer requesting (internal only) the use of manual actions for parent-child pipelines. Their specific use-case here is to refactor
.gitlab-ci.yml to separate out certain stages from an otherwise fairly complex CI/CD, and wanting to limit their deploy job to a manual action.
Is there a specific reason for limiting the use of
when:manual, and if so, perhaps the docs for parent-child pipelines could be updated to reflect that? If not, was it ever an intention to implement that functionality?
It's technically possible to implement this using a parent job to trigger a child pipeline that then uses manual jobs, so there is a workaround to this feature request at present. But since
when (on_success, on_failure, and always), it is a valid question from the end-user perspective as to why
manual is not currently supported.
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