You should really aim to upgrade your EPrints repository about once a year to keep on top of the new developments. Upgrading your EPrints repository can be a very daunting task. The aim of this page is to get people who are not confident about undertaking it into a position where it is safe to do so. Note upgrading is different to migrating (although some of the proceedures maybe the same).
Am I Upgrading?
Upgrading is when you intend to update eprints code base on a server to a later version. Upgrading covers moves from EPrints 3.x.y to 3.a.b if you want to move from EPrints 2.x.y to 3.a.b then you are undertaking a migration. Also if you are moving your EPrints repository from one server to another you are migrating. Upgrading is the same sub-versions of EPrints on the same server.
If you are upgrading then there are a number of precautions you can take to ensure the process runs as smoothly as possible. It is impossible to give 100% cast iron garrentee an upgrade will succeed particularly if you have a heavily customised repository so you must make sure that you are in position to roll back should in the unlikely event that the upgrade does not go to plan.
It is worth saying at this point that if possible you can ease your fears by performing this task on a development server as a practice run. This technique if available to you is strongly advised.
To prepare you should:
Tell an adult
Talk to your system administrator about getting a full system backup made. It is advisable to do this fairly regularly anyway incase of hardware failure or fire. See [backing up]
Create a backups directory
To create a directory to put backups into.
Check you have enough disk space
Will give you a table:
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/sda5 32G 1.4G 31G 5% / /dev/sda7 32G 22G 11G 67% /opt /dev/sda8 41G 24G 18G 59% /usr /dev/sda6 16G 6.2G 9.9G 39% /var /dev/sdb1 135G 24G 105G 19% /backup
You should make sure that the disk which contains your eprints directory (usually /opt or /usr) is over 50% free. The backup of the archive will take up a similar ammount of space to the archive itself so you should check you have room for it before starting.