[Slackdocs] Server OS upgrade this week

Eric Hameleers (SBo) eric.hameleers at alienbase.nl
Thu Aug 20 21:01:52 CEST 2015

Op 20-8-2015 om 07:44 schreef John Ciemgals:
>   Why not upgrade directly to 14.1 ? :-O
> On Wed, 19 Aug 2015 19:58:48 +0200, Eric Hameleers (SBo) wrote
>> Op 19-8-2015 om 12:01 schreef Eric Hameleers:
>>> On Tue, 18 Aug 2015, Eric Hameleers wrote:
>>>> Somewhere this week, I will perform an upgrade of the OS on the Wiki
>>>> server. I expect that everything will still work afterwards, because
>>>> my modifications to the OS and added packages are fairly minimal.
>>>> There will be a reboot because of the new kernel, but that is just a
>>>> hickup. If anything else fails after the upgrade, there may be some
>>>> downtime on the Wiki (docs.slackware.com) but also possibly on
>>>> taper.alienbase.nl (same server, different hostname) where I host my
>>>> mirrors and git repositories.
>>> The OS upgrade for the Wiki is ongoing at this moment. I have shutdown
>>> the webserver and SQL server to prevent mishap.
>>> Should be up and running again in half an hour if all goes according
>>> to plan.
>>> Cheers, Eric H.
>> It's all done now (the upgrade finished several hours ago).
>> There were some initial troubles because I had not noticed that
>> Apache
>> 2.4 does not load mod-cgi by default. My cgi scripts were not
>> executing and their source code was displayed instead. Once I
>> realized that crucial difference with Apache 2,2, gitweb and cgit
>> started working again.
>> This was an upgrade of Slackware 13.37 to 14.0. I plan on repeating
>> this exercise in a short while, when I migrate the server to
>> Slackware 14.1.
Well John, that is because in Slackware, only the upgrades from one 
version to the next are officially supported. Jumping a version needs 
more planning and is more error-prone.

In other news, I upgraded the test VM (clone of the wiki server) from 
14.0 to 14.1 without a hitch after diner.
No package recompilations were needed this time, and the changes to 
configuration files were trivial. So I am fairly certain that the Wiki 
will be running on Slackware 14.1 before the weekend is over.

Cheers, Eric H.

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