Dragon Slaying - Should I stick to Confluence 3.5.7 or take the latest Confluence 3.5 version?

The instructions in Dragon Slaying Stage 3 Step 2 say that I should use Confluence 3.5.7 (released June 22, 2011). The latest available Confluence 3.5 version is 3.5.13 (released September 1, 2011). Should I stick to 3.5.7 or should I use 3.5.13, which I guess only adds stability?

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Joe Clark Atlassian Team Feb 02, 2012

There shouldn't be any problems using 3.5.13 instead.

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In case you want to go for the latest and greatest I did Dragon Slayer with 4.1 (just for fun) and can confirm it all works and didn't have to deviate from the instructions.
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Thanks for the answers. 3.5.7 config blows up on not being able to create the tables in the database. I might wipe it all and try 4.1

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What error did you get with creating tables? When the install falls over at table creation it's normally due to one of:

  • Database doesn't exist
  • DB exists, but isn't empty
  • Wrong username/password
  • Insufficient privileges for the DB user
  • Typo in the JDBC URL
  • Connection problem between server and DB (if they're on different machines)


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I didn't keep the error message's details but it just said that it can't find the tables inside. Maybe it though that it managed to create them in a previous run (which is marked in a local text file).

  • Database already exists and with right access permissions for that user
  • Database was empty
  • Username/password were verified using "psql".
  • Double-checked privileges for that user (it's the database owner and was able to add roles and tables as instructed)
  • URL was verifies
  • Database was on same host.

All of these were verified with psql.

I dropped and re-created the database but it didn't help.

I eventually dug up and installed JDK 1.6 (6?) instead of 7 and it started working (1.6 takes a little bit of digging in order to find on Oracle's web site).

I was later told that I should actually use 1.6 for everything since this is what all Atlassian products require.

The instructions in http://confluence.atlassian.com/display/ATLAS/Dragons+Stage+1+-+Install+JIRA#DragonsStage1-InstallJIRA-Step1InstallJava clearly say "Oracle JDK 1.6 or higher", which I interpreted to include JDK 7, I was now told that it was supposed to mean "1.6.x for any x".

Thanks everyone for your responses.

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Joe Clark Atlassian Team Feb 12, 2012

Ah, I think that documentation was written pre Java 7. I'll see if I can get it updated.

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