I often put the database into read-only mode so that people can still access
the site while the upgrade is happening. Granted the MW site that I run
isn't "overly busy" it serves its purpose and haven't had any
yet... I would highly recommend that you test the upgrade for any issues
with Extensions that you have first though as I have run into problems on
occasion with them breaking (having a test box to do this on helps,
otherwise you could duplicate the server files and database and do the
upgrade on that copy of MW if a separate box isn't an option for you).
I do this by placing the following in the LocalSettings.php
$wgReadOnly = 'Currently there is maintenance occuring on the Wiki. This
should be completed by 11:30 Friday at which point updates can be made
If anybody thinks this is a bad idea then I would like to hear from them and
On Mon, Jan 5, 2009 at 12:42 PM, Jan Steinman <Jan(a)bytesmiths.com> wrote:
Philip Beach wrote:
Is it safe to upgrade my wiki using the script while the site is
use? Should I disable access first?
You can follow the suggested procedure in the FAQ:
While it may say so in the fine print, it sure seems scary to me!
Personally, I do the following:
1) post an announcement of scheduled system maintenance,
2) take the site down,
3) backup the database,
6) bring it back on-line.
Perhaps that's excessively conservative. I'm guessing if the MediaWiki
FAQ says you can do it, Wikipedia probably gets away with it, but it
still seems scary to me!
:::: The old normal is that life will go on just like before. The new
normal is that nothing will ever be the same. -- Dmitry Orlov ::::
:::: Jan Steinman, EcoReality
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