I am in the process of moving our existing instances of jira and confluence over to a 64-bit RHEL server, due to the issue with confluence version upgrades only being 64-bit going forward. Currently we have version 7.2 of jira running on the 64-bit server. Today I tried to do an upgrade to version 7.4 and it ended up deleting ALL of the subfolders below the jira folder on the server. Last week I tried the same thing on this server; going from version 5 to 6 of confluence and the upgrade deleted ALL of the subfolders below the confluence directory. I have only been working with Atlassian products for a little over 5 years but I have NEVER seen anything like this happen on an upgrade. Any thoughts out there? This is way bizarre!
John - are you talking about the DATA directory or the SYSTEM directory? Usually the DATA directory should not be changed during the install, the SYSTEM directory is deleted and reinstalled. How are you doing the upgrade/which commands are you using?
Christoph thanks for the quick reply. What I'm saying is that when I performed the upgrade for jira or confluence either one, the upgrade wiped out everything below the jira or confluence directory; all of the folders below the jira or confluence folder itself. This is the folder that has the bin and config subfolders below it. Fortunately I had copied that entire folder structure over to my laptop before I started the upgrade each time. The way I did the upgrade is the same way that I have always done upgrades for jira or confluence; download the bin file and then run it, choosing option # 3 for "Upgrade". Hope this helps,
John - "Delete the contents of the existing JIRA Installation Directory" - https://confluence.atlassian.com/adminjiraserver071/upgrading-jira-applications-using-a-rapid-upgrade-method-802592264.html
Is this what you are talking about?
No, it is NOT normal behaviour because the upgrade is WIPING OUT the entire jira folder structure. After I try to perform this upgrade jira DOES NOT WORK AT ALL. This is what I am saying. I have to copy all of the jira folders back over from my laptop, where I copied them to before I did the upgrade, in order to get jira to run again. How can this be normal behaviour? The same thing happened when I tried to upgrade the version of confluence; the upgrade attempt wiped out the entire confluence folder structure. I had to copy it back over from my laptop to get confluence to run again. I have been doing jira/confluence upgrades for over 5 years now and I have never ever seen an upgrade do this.
Okay one last question - do you have one directory for your data and one for the application? The application directory gets deleted and repopulated by the installer, the data directory should stay untouched. If you have separate directories please try a different version to install to see if the installer is somehow broken.
Okay and the application directory gets deleted during the installation and doesn't get repopulated? Sounds like the installer is having an issue - is there any log available? Also you are writing something about migrating to another server - could this have an impact on the installation? To be honest - I can't fix this without having it to fix myself so only guesses...
OK I just tried the jira upgrade again, using version 7.4.0 rather than 7.4.1 which showed to be the latest versionfor download. The upgrade failed again in the same way, deleting all the folders within the jira application folder. Here are screenshots of the error log that was created-
I believe that the installer does delete the existing directory but it is supposed to replace it with the new one and it appears that the errors are causing that part of the install to fail. Currently we are running version 7.2.6 of jira and have been trying to upgrade to the latest; version 7.4.1
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