Upgrading SEEK

If you have an existing SEEK installation, and you haven’t done so already, please take a moment to fill out our very short,optional SEEK Registration Form. Doing so will be very useful to us in the future when we try and raise further funding to develop and support SEEK and the associated tools.

Always backup your SEEK data before starting to upgrade!! - see the Backup Guide.

This guide assumes that SEEK has been installed following the Installation Guide guide. It assumes it is a production server that is being updated, and that commands are run from the root directory of the SEEK application.

Identifying your version

The version of SEEK you are running is shown at the bottom left, within the footer, when viewing pages in SEEK.

You can also tell which version you have installed by looking at the config/version.yml file, so for example version 0.13.2 looks something like:

major: 0
minor: 13
patch: 2

Upgrading between patch versions (e.g. between 1.4.0 and 1.4.1)

It should only be necessary to run bundle install and the db:migrate rake task. Using seek:upgrade should still work, but could take a lot of unnecessary time.

Steps to upgrade from 1.3.x to 1.4.x


If upgrading a production instance of SEEK, remember to set the RAILS_ENV first

export RAILS_ENV=production

Stopping services before upgrading

For this version, it really is critical to stop these services at this stage. You will be unable to later.

bundle exec rake seek:workers:stop
bundle exec rake sunspot:solr:stop

Updating from GitHub

If you have an existing installation linked to our GitHub, you can fetch the files with:

git pull
git checkout v1.4.1

Updating using the tarball

You can download the file from https://bitbucket.org/fairdom/seek/downloads/seek-1.4.1.tar.gz You can unpack this file using:

tar zxvf seek-1.4.1.tar.gz
mv seek seek-previous
mv seek-1.4.1 seek
cd seek/

and then copy across your existing filestore and database configuration file from your previous installation and continue with the upgrade steps. The database configuration file you would need to copy is config/database.yml, and the filestore is simply filestore/

If you have a modified config/sunspot.yml you will also need to copy that across.

Update RVM and Ruby

rvm get stable
rvm install $(cat .ruby-version) 

Doing the upgrade

After updating the files, the following steps will update the database, gems, and other necessary changes. Note that seek:upgrade may take longer than usual if you have data stored that points to remote content.

cd .. && cd seek #this is to allow RVM to pick up the ruby and gemset changes
gem install bundler
bundle install --deployment
bundle exec rake seek:upgrade
bundle exec rake assets:precompile # this task will take a while

Updating the Sunspot configuration

If you moved away from the default Sunspot/SOLR config, by making your own copy of config/sunspot.yml, this will need updating.

If you don’t have a config/sunspot.yml you don’t need to do anything.

Update your sunspot.yml based on the new format in config/sunspot.default.yml

Restarting services

bundle exec rake sunspot:solr:start
bundle exec rake seek:workers:start            

If you are running a production SEEK behing Apache, then move onto the next part. Otherwise, or you want to do a quick test, you can simply start SEEK again with:

bundle exec rails s    

Upgrading Passenger Phusion

If you are running SEEK with Passenger, it is likely you will need to upgrade Passenger and your Apache or Ngninx configuration.

Please read Serving SEEK through Apache for a reminder on how to install the new version, and update your virtual host configuration accordingly.

Note on Search results

Initially you won’t get any search results, due to the upgrade of Sunspot/SOLR. The upgrade steps will have triggered some jobs to rebuild the search index. How long this takes depends upon the number of items in the database and the speed of your machine. You can track the progress by going to the Admin page of SEEK, and looking at Job Queue under Statistics.

Earlier upgrade notes

For details of how to upgrade to 1.2.x and for earlier versions please visit Upgrades between earlier versions