[development] Upgrade button -- Our most important feature needed.

Alex Buchanan buchanae at osuosl.org
Tue Mar 21 16:24:25 UTC 2006

Usually its something like:

mysqldump the database
download untar new package
create new DB
upload schema/DB
copy/adjust settings.php
check modules
change my drupal symlink
run update.php

This could even be a simple script.  But when problems arise, they can be mysterious.  For example, on my
upgrade to 4.6.5 to 4.7beta i had database character encoding problems.
Or modules breaking.  A simple revert function would be needed. Could we identify possible problems/problem modules?

I think this is a good idea.


On Tue, Mar 21, 2006 at 11:03:55AM -0500, Trae McCombs wrote:

> We really need the ability to easily upgrade our Drupal sites.  I don't know
> how many people I know who are leaving Drupal en masse to things like
> wordpress and e107 simply because it's becoming too much of a pain for them
> to upgrade their sites.
> I have been using Drupal since 4.3.2 and it is still very difficult for me
> to start the upgrade process.  I feel as if I really need someone with a
> clue to look at things for me and upgrade my site.  Consequently, a few
> sites I have are still older revisiions, which are insecure.
> We need a one click to upgrade button.  Something that goes out and checks
> your system to see if it has the latest software, if it isn't there, it
> upgrades it for you as well as your database.
> I love drupal and enjoy working on it, I would just hate to see our user
> share drop because other people are creating features that will simply make
> it easier for others to use different CMS's than our own.
> Please know that this assessment is from someone that doesn't code.  The
> idea of me having to go in and download a new tarball, replace all the core
> drupal files (sort those things out is a mess) and make sure the modules
> etc... get updated is a nightmare to say the very least.
> Trae
> --
>     Trae McCombs || http://occy.net/
>   Founder - Themes.org // Linux.com
>   CivicSpaceLabs - http://civicspacelabs.org/

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