This guide explains how to upgrade from an earlier AtoM release (including ICA-AtoM versions 1.1 to 1.3.1 or newer) to 2.6.
If you are on an earlier release of ICA-AtoM (older than 1.1), please upgrade to the latest ICA-AtoM release before following these instructions. Please see Upgrading from ICA-AtoM 1.0.x on the AtoM wiki.
While we have tried to make this document usable by readers with a broad range of technical knowledge, it may be too complex if you have no previous experience with installing web applications or using the Linux command line.
Additionally, consider disabling your web site during the upgrade. Redirect your users to a “Down for maintenance” page temporary using your web server redirection capabilities, or you can put your site in read-only mode while performing the upgrade.
Check minimum requirements¶
Please refer to the Minimum requirements page to make sure that your system meets all the requirements. This is especially important if you are going to be upgrading from an older version of ICA-AtoM (1.1 - 1.3.1 or later), as there will be some new dependencies that we will install as part of the upgrade process.
Read the release notes¶
This is the opportunity to find out what has been changed in the new release, and if there are new features, enhancements and bug fixes that may be of interest to you and your organization.
You can always find the full release notes on the AtoM wiki, here:
These often include additional details that can help you understand the purpose of the release and how best to install it.
Make sure the dependencies are updated¶
Since the 2.5 version, AtoM uses Elasticsearch 5.x. If you’re upgrading from an earlier version, please make sure to upgrade your Elasticsearch installation. You don’t need to backup your index data as it will be recreated from the database later in the upgrade.
You will also need to upgrade to Java 8 if the system is using a previous version, as this is a requirement for Elasticsearch 5.x.
Since the 2.6 version, AtoM requires MySQL 8.0. Bellow we’ll explain the steps needed to move and upgrade the AtoM database to properly work with that version.
Install the latest version of AtoM¶
Follow the instructions available in our documentation on Installation - our most comprehensive installation notes are included in the Linux section, with additional information for different operating systems and server configurations.
Remember to create a new database for this installation. When you run the web installer, it will erase your previous data if you are using the same database!
Copy your old data¶
At this point, you should have an 2.6 functional installation using a fresh database. Now we are going to copy the contents of the old uploads and downloads directories, as well as the database:
- rsync is a robust directory sync solution that we can use to copy the contents of your old uploads directory to the new one, even when both directories are in the same machine. Using the command-line, enter the following command:
$ rsync -av /var/www/icaatom_old/uploads/ /usr/share/nginx/atom/uploads/
icaatom_old is the name of your old installation. The path included
for the new installation in this example (
/usr/share/nginx/atom) is the path
we recommend in our installation documentation.
Alternatively, you can just use cp:
$ cp -r /var/www/icaatom_old/uploads/ /usr/share/nginx/atom/uploads/
$ rsync -av /var/www/icaatom_old/downloads/ /usr/share/nginx/atom/downloads/
You may choose to delete the contents of the
jobs subdirectory after
copying it over - this subdirectory in the downloads folder generally contains
zip files of previous exports. As such, it is temporary data and does not need
to be kept. We recommend leaving the
jobs subdirectory itself in place,
for future exports.
If you want to delete the contents of this directory, you can use the following command:
rm -f /usr/share/nginx/atom/downloads/jobs/*
- Dump the contents of your old database to a temporary file, change the database name if needed:
$ mysqldump -u username -p atom > /tmp/atom_db.sql
- If you’re upgrading from 2.5.x or lower to 2.6.x or higher make sure your data is on utf8mb3 or utf8 (the default if you followed the installation documentation) and that you are using MySQL 8.0 as that’s a requirement since AtoM 2.6. During the upgrade task, your data will be transformed to the utf8mb4 charset and the utf8mb4_0900_ai_ci collation.
- Re-create the database with the new charset and collation:
$ mysql -u username -p -e "DROP DATABASE IF EXISTS atom;" $ mysql -u username -p -e "CREATE DATABASE atom CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_0900_ai_ci;"
- Now, load the contents into the new database:
$ mysql -u username -p atom < /tmp/atom_db.sql
Run the upgrade task¶
This is perhaps the most critical step in the upgrade process. If you encounter any errors, please consult our User Forum, or if you don’t find a solution, feel free to post a question there yourself. We will also be trying to add to our FAQ as we receive feedback, to help users troubleshoot any upgrading issues encountered.
First, change the current directory:
$ cd /usr/share/nginx/atom
Now, run the upgrade-sql task:
Depending on your database size this task may use a lot of memory, so we suggest running it without a memory limit.
$ php -d memory_limit=-1 symfony tools:upgrade-sql
Restore configuration changes¶
If you made any change to the old AtoM instace configuration files, like setting a custom session timeout or a Google Analitycs API key, make sure to bring those changes to the new instance if you want to keep them.
At this time, we are troubleshooting challenges in translation migration process from older releases to 2.6. Please see issue #5505 for progress - we will update this documentation with instructions when the tranlsation migration process has been optimized and tested. Thank you in advance for your patience.
Regenerate the digital object reference and thumbnail images (optional)¶
If you are upgrading from version 1.3.1 or earlier, you may want to regenerate the digital object reference and thumbnail images. The thumbnail size was smaller in 1.x, so those images will often appear fuzzy in the redesigned digital object browse. A directory naming convention has also been added to make the location of the master digital object more secure.
First, make sure you have not changed the directory (
Now, run the regen-derivatives task:
php symfony digitalobject:regen-derivatives
For more information on this task and its available options, see: Regenerating derivatives.
Rebuild search index and clear cache¶
To make all these changes take effect, you will need to re-index the files you’ve imported into your database, and clear the application cache.
First, rebuild the search index:
Depending on your site content this task may use a lot of memory, so we suggest running it without memory limit.
php -d memory_limit=-1 symfony search:populate
For more information and options on this task, see: Populate search index.
Then, clear your cache to remove any out-of-date data from the application:
$ php symfony cc
See Clear cache for more detailed instructions.
Check the services configuration¶
It’s not usual, but sometimes we introduce changes in the related services configuration, like PHP-FPM, MySQL or the AtoM worker, to improve the behaviour and performance of the application. Check the installation documentation for your operating system to find those changes.
To ensure everything works correctly, you must restart your services after upgrading, including PHP-FPM, Memcached (if you’re using it as cache engine), and the atom-workers managed by the job scheduler.
To restart PHP-FPM:
sudo systemctl restart php7.2-fpm
Optionally, to restart Memcached:
sudo systemctl restart memcached
To restart the atom-workers:
sudo systemctl restart atom-worker # Restarts the workers sudo systemctl status atom-worker # Obtains current status
For further information on configuring the job scheduler, see:
Set site base URL¶
One final step is to set your site’s base URL. This URL is used in XML exports to formulate absolute URLs referring to resources.
To set the site base URL:
- Click on the Admin menu in the main menu located in the header bar and select Settings.
- Click on or scroll down to Site information. Enter your site’s base URL into the site base URL field. If your domain is “townarchives.org”, for example, your base URL would normally be “http://townarchives.org”.
Upgrading with a custom theme plugin¶
If you have developed a custom theme plugin for your application (for more information, see Create a custom theme), you may need to perform an additional step following an upgrade to ensure that all pages are styled correctly.
Specifically, The Job details page may not appear properly styled in a custom
theme without an additional step. To ensure your Jobs pages properly inherit
the base Dominion theming, you will need to add a call to import the
jobs.less CSS file to your theme plugin’s
main.less file. If you have
followed our recommendations for creating a theme plugin, then you should find
main.less file for your plugin in
plugins/yourThemePluginName/css/main.less. Here is an example of where you
need to add a line in the ArchivesCanada theme plugin:
The line you will need to add is to import the base Jobs CSS, like so:
Additionally, if you intend to use AtoM’s Privacy notification feature
with a custom theme, and you have customized the
scaffolding.less file, you
may need to update it. Changes are identified here.
If the theme has been customized, but the
scaffolding.less file is being
referenced from the
arDominionPlugin theme then no modifications are
required. You should also check if
_header.php has been overridden in your
custom theme. If so, the change highlighted in
needs to be added to your custom
Finally, if your custom theme includes modifications to the static page files
indexSuccess.php (for example, if your theme
includes a custom homepage), then you will also need to ensure that when
displaying the page content,
render_value calls in these files are updated
Specifically, your modified files should be updated to match these lines:
Recompiling after making modifications¶
After making any necessary updates to your custom theme, you should rebuild
the CSS for the custom themeplugin, using the
make command. Here is an
example of rebuilding the CSS for the ArchivesCanada theme - you can swap in
the name of your plugin:
make -C plugins/arArchivesCanadaPlugin
You will also want to clear the application cache, and restart PHP-FPM.
To clear the application cache:
php symfony cc
For more information, see: Clear cache.
To restart PHP-FPM:
sudo systemctl restart php7.2-fpm
If you are using Memcached with AtoM, you may also want to restart it:
sudo systemctl restart memcached
If you are still not seeing your changes take effect, remember to clear your web browser’s cache as well!
Start using the software!¶
Congratulations! If you are reading this, it means that you have upgraded your data successfully. Now please check that everything is working fine.
Before you put your site in production again, please take a look at your data and check that everything looks good and the data has imported correctly. We will continue to refine this documentation over time to make the upgrade process as smooth as possible, but we still think it is always important to double-check your work. Let us know if you encounter any problems!