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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. 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)
When upgrading between patch versions, it should only be necessary to run
bundle install bundle exec rake seek:upgrade
Steps to upgrade from 1.11.x to 1.12.x
Note the requirement to setup Apache Solr, which is no longer bundled together with FAIRDOM-SEEK.
If upgrading a production instance of SEEK, remember to set the RAILS_ENV first
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 git checkout v1.12.0
Updating using the tarball
You can download the file from https://github.com/seek4science/seek/archive/v1.12.0.tar.gz You can unpack this file using:
tar zxvf seek-1.12.0.tar.gz mv seek seek-previous mv seek-1.12.0 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/
You are recommended to upgrade to Ruby 2.7. If you are using RVM (according to the Installation Guide )you should be prompted to install during the standard installation steps that follow. If you are not prompted you can install with the command:
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.
Please note - during the upgrade the step Updating session store can take a long time and appear that it has frozen, so please be patient.
cd . #this is to allow RVM to pick up the ruby and gemset changes gem install bundler bundle install --deployment --without development test bundle exec rake seek:upgrade bundle exec rake assets:precompile # this task will take a while
Update Cron Services
SEEK requires some cron jobs for periodic background jobs to run. To update these run:
bundle exec whenever --update-crontab
Setting up Apache Solr
Restarting background job services
bundle exec rake sunspot:solr:start bundle exec rake tmp:clear
From version 1.12.0 it is no longer necessary to run soffice as a service. If you had previously set up the /etc/init.d/soffice service, you now stop and remove this (the soffice executable from LibreOffice is still required though).
Earlier upgrade notes
For details of how to upgrade between earlier versions please visit Upgrades between earlier versions