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 1.2.0 and 1.2.2)

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 1.2.x to 1.3.x


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

export RAILS_ENV=production

Stopping services before upgrading

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 https://github.com/seek4science/seek.git
git checkout v1.3.0

Updating using the tarball

You can download the file from https://bitbucket.org/fairdom/seek/downloads/seek-1.3.0.tar.gz You can unpack this file using:

tar zxvf seek-1.3.0.tar.gz

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/

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
bundle install --deployment
bundle exec rake seek:upgrade
bundle exec rake assets:precompile # this task will take a while

Restarting services

bundle exec rake seek:workers:start
bundle exec rake sunspot:solr:start
touch tmp/restart.txt
bundle exec rake tmp:clear

Earlier upgrade notes

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