Sunday, August 21, 2011

Upgrading your Magento install to version 1.6

I have been hanging out a lot on the Magento 1.6 upgrade boards and I have been seeing all sorts of problems with upgrading.

Short of trying to upgrade via a new install and going through all the work of transferring your themes etc you can do it via ssh

The following worked for me: (Remember if you are running on a machine with low resources and you have many products the script will take longer to run)

rm -rf var/cache var/session
chmod 550 ./mage
./mage mage-setup .
./mage config-set preferred_state stable
./mage list-installed
./mage list-upgrades
./mage install Mage_All_Latest --force
php shell/indexer.php reindexall

As always, your best resource for Magento information is the Magento site

You can access the 1.6 upgrade boards here

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  1. Make sure you attempt to go to your store after your update to allow the install scripts to begin. Depending on your server speed, it could take a few minutes.

    You might think your store broke but if you look at your MySQL process list, Magento is running the update scripts.

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  3. rm -rf /var/cache session

    The line above will not achieve what you intend.

    It should be:

    rm -rf var/cache/* var/session/*

  4. ./shell php indexer.php reindexall

    This is also wrong. It should be:

    php shell/indexer.php reindexall

  5. It's quite surprising that it comes from Magento team member.

  6. kyrylkov... yes sorry for the sloppy typing. I have corrected the post.

  7. Hi I have 2 questions
    1. do we post the entire script above together or 1 by one.
    2. What directory do i have to be in. Do i just cd to the directory where everything is installed and run the script in there.

  8. I'm running Magento and would like to install Magento But when i run the following install command it reinstall, which is not the latest. What do I need to change in the following command line to install Magento

    ./mage install Mage_All_Latest --force

  9. @chetanm:

    1. One by one preferably
    2. you have to be in the directory where your magento shop resides. You should see a mage file (that is used in the script my ./mage) in that directory.

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