Upgrade question

When going from Omeka 1.4.1 to 1.4.2, is it the recommended method to still move the Omeka root filesystem, install the core 1.4.2 files, then write the files and directories back into place according to: http://omeka.org/codex/Upgrading

Just wondered. Or are there instance when just overwriting the existing Omeka root (after backing everything up 5 times, I know), when that is acceptable?


The main things you need to be careful about if you want to just try dropping a new Omeka version on top of the old one are:

  • overwriting things like your configuration files (db.ini in particular comes to mind)
  • leaving around old files that have been deleted in the newer version of Omeka
  • overwriting any Omeka core files you may have edited

If you're careful about making backups of your config files (or the whole installation) so you can restore them, and if you haven't been editing core files, it should be pretty safe for you to just install the new version on top of the old. This is especially true when you're switching between different maintenance releases in the same series (1.4.1 to 1.4.2) since those usually have more minor changes.

All that being said, the instructions you linked to on the Codex are still the recommended procedure. The idea is to make sure everything's safely and correctly updated for different circumstances.

Tx for the response. I will play it safe and follow the Upgrade procedures....

Am I missing something I should know or is the 1.4.2 update not available in the svn repository?


We have actually moved our repositories and version control to GitHub.

We've kept the svn repository up with the past releases but everything was ported over to GitHub where you can also check things out: https://github.com/omeka

If you're new to GitHub, they have some good instructions in their Help section: http://help.github.com/

Thanks. Reeducation never ends, it seems.