[development] Do I need to upgrade my database?

Gerhard Killesreiter killesreiter at physik.uni-freiburg.de
Wed Nov 9 21:24:38 UTC 2005

On Wed, 9 Nov 2005, Kieran Lal wrote:

> Hi, as part of the Drupal administration user experience survey we
> are improving the upgrade instructions for Drupal.  This was listed
> as the 5th most difficult administration task.
> During interviews with administrators we learned that people want to
> know if they need to upgrade their database or just apply new files
> as in the recent security releases.
> I have created a page: Do I need upgrade my database? http://
> drupal.org/node/37017
> I was told that the changelog ( http://drupal.org/CHANGELOG.txt )
> contained this information.  But it is not obvious to me.  How do I
> create an official list of which releases require a DB update?

Rule of thumb:

Major releases have a db upgrade, minor ones don't.

The latter was not true for the 4.6.1 release, I think. It was the first
to break the rule, IIRC.


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