Problem upgrading from version 2.8 to 3.5

I'm attempting to upgrade our version 2.8 to version 3.5. I'm doing my initial testing in a QA environement and am encountering some problems. Some of the details of the install are:

Old version: confluence-2.8.1-std.tar.gz
New version :confluence-3.5.7-std.tar.gz
Java version: jdk1.6.0_24
Using Oracle 10g via a datasource
Using Confluence's standalone user management.
I've read through all the release and upgrade notes

What I have done is:

Installed the application
Configured server.xml, web.xml,,
Loaded our test Oracle schema with a dump of our prodution one
Copied our prduction Confluence data directory to a QA counterpart (pointed to by the conf-init prop file)

What happens is:

Accessing the app I am prompted to enter the upgraded developer license (on a fixonly/fixlicense.action screen)
I am told the update was successful and to restart Confluence
I do and recieve about 75 ddl traces (eg alter table, create index)
Startup completes in 5 minutes
Accessing the app again, I recieve an error message saying - 'Upgrade failed. Please consult the system logs for details. You will need to fix these problems, restore your database and confluence home directory to the pre upgrade state.'
Looking through all the logs that have been touched, there are no entries indicating an error situation

What makes this even more odd is that on my first attempt to do this upgrade I had a Confluence data directory from, what I believe, was an old 3.2 upgrade attempt. Going through the same process as above, everything worked fine

I appreciate any thoughts you might have about where the problem is.


Craig Hannah

2 answers

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Hi Craig,

Looking through all the logs that have been touched, there are no entries indicating an error situation

I'd double-check this. One guess I have is that you're looking in the wrong place. The atlassian-confluence.log is actually in the confluence-home directory (the data directory you copied from production). Make sure you're checking the logs folder in there. If you can find the snippet, post it here.

This seems like a good candidate for a support ticket. You might want to open one and our team will inspect the logs.

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Hi Jeremy,

Thanks for you answer. You were correct, the atlassian-confluence.log in the data directory did in fact have the offending error. The upgrade was failing because the global logo couldn't be found in the attachment directory. I manually placed the file it was looking for in the spot it was looking and everything went smoothly.

Thanks again,


Hi Craig,

Be sure to accept Jeremy's answer if it helped you solve the issue :)

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