[development] Incremental upgrades

Gabor Hojtsy gabor at hojtsy.hu
Sat Jul 28 12:10:43 UTC 2007

Cog Rusty wrote:
> To understand these upgrade instructions I tried to trace their origin
> (also looking for points where utility becomes ritual). Two old
> announcements by Dries seem relevant, 4.5.0 and 4.5.2.
>>From 4.5.0
> quote: "For the most trouble free transition, it is recommended that
> you first upgrade existing installations to Drupal 4.4 and only then
> to Drupal 4.5."
> No problem here, these are major versions.
>>From 4.5.2
> quote: "For the most trouble free transition from an existing
> installation, it is recommended that you first upgrade to Drupal 4.5.0
> or Drupal 4.5.1"
> This "or" makes things clearer: "Don't trust this new release *yet*
> with major version upgrades." I guess this is what has been carried
> over to the recent announcement. Are there still good reasons for this
> caution? Because I see many people in the forum for whom an additional
> upload and minor update is also a real risk.

This might have been the intention, but I don't think this stands anymore.

>>From 4.5.2 again
> quote: "If you are upgrading from Drupal 4.4.x or below, please
> consult the Drupal 4.5.0 release announcement [a link] for more
> information."
> This seems to mean: "If you are upgrading from an older major version
> (4.4.x), then consult the first release announcement of this major
> version (4.5.0) because you will find more upgrade info there."
> So, the "relevant announcements" in our case should be 5.0, 4.7.0,
> 4.6.0,... (provided that there are actually more upgrade information
> there)

Yes, it makes sense to look at the major version announcement first for 
information, but IMHO upgrading to that first and then to the latest 
point release is not practical, neither desired.


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