Upgraded to Apache Roller 5.0, RC4
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Last Sunday, Dave Johnson released Apache Roller 5.0, RC4. Since I'm an Apache Roller committer, and I've been seeing issues with comments throwing exceptions on this site, I decided to upgrade. In doing so, I discovered a number of issues. Hopefully by documenting them here, you'll be able to upgrade from Roller 4 to Roller 5 without any issues.
To upgrade, I took a snapshot of my existing site and database and copied them locally. After getting everything setup locally (importing existing database and upgrading it), I started Tomcat and began solving problems.
Database settings - JNDI vs. Properties
With Roller 4, I configured by database settings in a ROOT.xml so they'd be read using JNDI. With Roller 5, I got the following error when I tried to do this.
<openjpa-2.0.1-r422266:989424 fatal user error> org.apache.openjpa.persistence.ArgumentException: A JDBC Driver or DataSource class name must be specified in the ConnectionDriverName property. at org.apache.openjpa.jdbc.schema.DataSourceFactory.newDataSource(DataSourceFactory.java:76)
I was able to get around this issue by adding the following to my roller-custom.properties:
database.configurationType=jdbc database.jdbc.driverClass=com.mysql.jdbc.Driver database.jdbc.connectionURL=jdbc:mysql://localhost/rollerdb database.jdbc.username=root database.jdbc.password= mail.configurationType=properties mail.hostname=localhost
After making this change, I received an error when Planet tried to startup:
ERROR 2011-03-02 09:56:08,502 DatabaseProvider:errorMessage - ERROR: unable to obtain database connection. Likely problem: bad connection parameters or database unavailable. FATAL 2011-03-02 09:56:08,502 RollerContext:contextInitialized - Roller Planet startup failed during app preparation org.apache.roller.planet.business.startup.StartupException: ERROR: unable to obtain database connection. Likely problem: bad connection parameters or database unavailable.
I don't remember why I enabled planet, but turning it off in roller-custom.properties seemed to solve the problem.
The next thing I tried to do was login. When this didn't work, I figured it must be related to password encryption. With Roller 4, I had to have "passwds.encryption.enabled=true" in roller-custom.properties. In Roller 5, I also had to add the encryption algorithm.
At this point, I figured I was good to go, so I zipped up my local WAR and scp'ed it to raibledesigns.com. I stopped Tomcat and attempted to upgrade my production MySQL database (version 3.23.56). Below is the error I received.
$ mysql -u raible -p raible < 400-to-500-migration.sql Enter password: ERROR 1064 (00000) at line 42: You have an error in your SQL syntax near 'as w set lastmodified = lastmodified, datecreated = datecreated, cr' at line 1
At this point, I figured my database might be slightly hosed, but since it was simply creating tables, I was probably OK. I restarted Tomcat and left the old version in place while I waited for a MySQL 5 database instance from my hosting provider, KGB Internet. Once I got the new instance, I imported my backed-up database, ran the upgrade script and everything worked just peachy.
I generally upgrade Roller by coping the new codebase over my old one. This is because I have a lot of symlinks and other files in my "ROOT" directory and like to keep those. In doing this, I found I had to do a couple things after copying everything over:
- Delete WEB-INF/lib and recopy from RC4's WEB-INF/lib.
- Delete WEB-INF/classes and recopy from RC4's WEB-INF/classes.
I then experienced some issues with JARs not being present for Roller's JSPWikiPlugin. I enabled this long ago, but don't use it anymore. However, to keep old posts still working, I wanted to enable it. The downloads for the plugin seem to be gone, but luckily I found a copy and put all the JARs into my WEB-INF/lib directory.
After starting Tomcat and browsing around a bit, I discovered two more issues:
- Search doesn't seem to work. For example, there are no results for jQuery.
- My Archives page's calendar didn't work. It showed the following:
I was able to fix issue #2 by changing #showBigWeblogCalendar() to the following.
The first issue with search seems to remain.If you notice any other issues on this site, please let me know. I'll try to get them fixed asap.
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