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Practical guide to automated upgrade J 1.7 to Joomla 2.5

Postby leolam » Wed Jan 25, 2012 7:13 am

What steps to take in upgrading a Joomla 1.7 site to Joomla 2.5 via the automated upgrade mechanism in Joomla 1.7?

  • In any version of Joomla 1.7 go to Extension Manager
  • Here arrived go to Tab "Update"
  • In this Tab you will see a button (top right) colored 'green' stating "Purge Cache" Hit that button First since you might see otherwise a message 'no updates available'
  • The available updates in Joomla and Extensions will show. Make sure you do Joomla core (it will show Joomla 2.5.0 at this stage) first!.
  • Check the box in front of the Joomla 2.5.0 line and hit top right "upgrade"
  • Now the system can give you two sorts of output.....A 'successful' message or a lot of errors (do not get afraid or shocked!)
  • In Both Cases (!) go to a new Tab you see under the same Extension Manager called "Database" (yes...even if the system states 'successful!'). Now you will either see a message that all is ok or a warning with a list of errors or missing DB entries.
  • These we correct now by hitting the "FIX" button located in the Database Tab Top right corner!

If you check now again the Database Tab you will see that all errors have vanished and that it shows now:
Database schema version (in #__schemas): 2.5.0-2012-01-14.
Database driver: mysqli.
62 database changes were checked successfully.
13 database changes did not alter table structure and were skipped.
This means you have fully upgraded to Joomla 2.5.0! Congrats!

Note: I you get errors as described on updating to 2.5, and after you have ran the Database – Fix, it may be a good idea to use the "Discover" option on the Extension Manager to install any Extension that was not installed because of the updating error! (thanks Roar!)

When your admin icons show vertical after the upgrade please do a full Purge Cache in your system panel, followed by a FULL cleansing of your browser cache. That will resolve the chaos in your admin panel layout.

When you notice that version info/date/author info are missing from some extensions (for instance "Smart Search") when you review them in the Extension Manager than go to "Manage", click the checkbox in front of the extension and click (in the top right corner) the 'Refresh Cache' button. That will take care of this.

Now only (!) is your system fully upgraded to Joomla 2.5!

If you get a "white-screen" after upgrading to Joomla 2.5 check out the error log in the root directory of your Joomla installation. That will tell you which extension is throwing fatal errors. Disable the extension mentioned in the error log and you have your site back on! (inform the extension developer about the error so he/she can correct!)

Note the version info has been taken out by Joomla-core in admin backend for this version due to a reported little vulnerability in having it hard coded in the admin templates. This function will return in a module most likely in Joomla 2.5.1. You can see the version at this moment under 'System Information' You can install the version information module here: viewtopic.php?f=625&t=691155 (new version module)

Please first make a selection from the list issue: Download and install and publish the plugin from viewtopic.php?f=625&t=691865&p=2730200#p2730200

Happy upgrading! If you have a problem post here on the forum!

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Re: Practical guide to automated upgrade J 1.7 to Joomla 2.5

Postby jflash » Wed Jan 25, 2012 9:55 am

I you use Fabrik on Joomla 1.7.3, then you need to disable Fabrik 'system' and 'content' plugins, then go update. Fabrik is incompatible yet...

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Re: Practical guide to automated upgrade J 1.7 to Joomla 2.5

Postby easytherm » Wed Jan 25, 2012 10:29 am

Hi,
it seems that many (me including) using multi-langage feature of joomla get sql 1060 or 1062 database error, even when following your procedure and fxing the database.
The frontend shows 404 erros

any idea??

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Re: Practical guide to automated upgrade J 1.7 to Joomla 2.5

Postby aemiller » Wed Jan 25, 2012 1:17 pm

Thank you, Leo. That's helpful advice.

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Re: Practical guide to automated upgrade J 1.7 to Joomla 2.5

Postby Doc Web » Wed Jan 25, 2012 2:03 pm

Hey,

Thank you for the info.

The problem:, it only produces error 500 (tried on 3 sites, no error logs produced) and when I back out the URL from the 500, I am still at Version 1.7.3.

Perhaps it will work at a later date :)

Thanks!

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Re: Practical guide to automated upgrade J 1.7 to Joomla 2.5

Postby leolam » Wed Jan 25, 2012 2:08 pm

Doc Web wrote:The problem:, it only produces error 500
Does the site has enough disk space? Is 'allow_url_fopen' enabled? (check php specifics in system panes)

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Re: Practical guide to automated upgrade J 1.7 to Joomla 2.5

Postby Doc Web » Wed Jan 25, 2012 2:34 pm

Yes sir, I have dedicated boxes.

I will check 'allow_url_fopen', that might be the issue as all of my server configs are identical.

I will check.

Thank you sir!

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Re: Practical guide to automated upgrade J 1.7 to Joomla 2.5

Postby leolam » Wed Jan 25, 2012 2:57 pm

Doc Web wrote:I will check 'allow_url_fopen',
If you have WHM you can set these directives in the PHP advanced settings. Make sure you keep (if still mentioned in your options) that "allow_url_include" is NOT enabled. That is deadly for your server!

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Re: Practical guide to automated upgrade J 1.7 to Joomla 2.5

Postby ashiq35 » Wed Jan 25, 2012 3:04 pm

Pls, Any one can share a video tutorial or step by step pictures about how to migrate joomla 1.7 to joomla 2.5 ???

I think this type of tutorial is very much easy for the new user (like me) of joomla :) . so, pls anyone can help me. :(

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Re: Practical guide to automated upgrade J 1.7 to Joomla 2.5

Postby leolam » Wed Jan 25, 2012 3:29 pm

ashiq35 wrote:step by step [/b]
cannot be clearer than described in the first post

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Re: Practical guide to automated upgrade J 1.7 to Joomla 2.5

Postby pollen8 » Wed Jan 25, 2012 4:26 pm

the latest 3.0 release of fabrik should be compatible with Joomla 2.5, as it addresses the issue raised here

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Re: Practical guide to automated upgrade J 1.7 to Joomla 2.5

Postby AlexCarrera » Wed Jan 25, 2012 7:34 pm

I can just get the following error and no NEW TAB called DATABASE. Any clue?
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Re: Practical guide to automated upgrade J 1.7 to Joomla 2.5

Postby d3vlabs » Wed Jan 25, 2012 7:38 pm

is it possible to upgrade many sites at once. i got about 3 j1.7 and i got more on the way

p.s. nvm
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Re: Practical guide to automated upgrade J 1.7 to Joomla 2.5

Postby annagoebel » Wed Jan 25, 2012 8:33 pm

I had version 1.7.2 and this morning tried to upgrade and ended with white screens of death front and back ends. I had:
Made a backup using Akeeba and downloaded it to my computer.
Upgraded the Akeeba that the Updates screen said needed upgrading (successful).
Clicked to upgrade to 2.5. Failed. White screens of death all over the place.

What did I do wrong, please, and how can I upgrade to 2.5 without this happening? (I restored from a Vault backup.)

From the first post I'm wondering if it was a mistake to upgrade Akeeba first.

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Re: Practical guide to automated upgrade J 1.7 to Joomla 2.5

Postby AtTrue » Wed Jan 25, 2012 10:04 pm

Thank You Leo worked like a charm 1.7.3 to 2.5 haven't noticed anything wrong with site at all even have some old plugins that were for 1.5 that i modified and have working they even still work. Upgrading sure is easier then it was before.

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Re: Practical guide to automated upgrade J 1.7 to Joomla 2.5

Postby Roar » Wed Jan 25, 2012 10:28 pm

I you get an error on updating to 2.5, and after you have ran the Database – Fix, it may be a good idea to use the Discover on the Extension Manager to install any Extension that was not installed because of the updating error.

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Re: Practical guide to automated upgrade J 1.7 to Joomla 2.5

Postby leolam » Thu Jan 26, 2012 2:41 am

Roar wrote:I you get an error on updating to 2.5, and after you have ran the Database – Fix, it may be a good idea to use the Discover on the Extension Manager to install any Extension that was not installed because of the updating error.

Good call and added to my initial post! (see above)

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Re: Practical guide to automated upgrade J 1.7 to Joomla 2.5

Postby KiffCom » Thu Jan 26, 2012 5:31 am

Good job guys, but I still have few little issues;

I did the upgrade 1.7.4 -­> 2.5 / Godaddy
I had to fix my database
so far so good
but;

- I have a loop when I change options like in the article manager options or menu options. It applies but I have to manually go to the administrator page.
- Joomla keeps on appearing in the Joomla updates
- I can't install any other update or discover with the extension manager since the system tells me; "Please first make a selection from the list" while it is selected...

Any idea ?

Thanks

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Re: Practical guide to automated upgrade J 1.7 to Joomla 2.5

Postby leolam » Thu Jan 26, 2012 5:45 am

Clear Cache, Purge Cache and clear browser cache (after you uncheck the select box) : That should take care of the "please select" I had this yesterday and cleansing all completely did the trick. You might also want to go to Manage > Select the extension you want to update > select box checked and click "purge Cache" This will refresh cache and than reads the xml file for the extensions and updates their manifest_cache which resolves this also

Sometimes with older exctensions it does not in 2.5.0 so than use this solution: viewtopic.php?f=625&t=691865

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Re: Practical guide to automated upgrade J 1.7 to Joomla 2.5

Postby princessfiona_2 » Thu Jan 26, 2012 7:34 am

Hi Leo

You have said:

[*] In Both Cases (!) go to a new Tab you see under the same Extension Manager called "Database" (yes...even if the system states 'successful!'). Now you will either see a message that all is ok or a warning with a list of errors or missing DB entries.

I do not see "Database" in the Extension Manager of my site backend. I have noticed screenshots in other posts on this forum that show "Database" is one of the tabs alongside Install, Update, Manage, Discover & Warnings. What do I have to do to be able to see "Database"?

Attached is what I see.

extension-manager-screenshot.tiff


Thanks in advance

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Postby leolam » Thu Jan 26, 2012 7:56 am

Click the "discover" button. That might find you missing options

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Postby leolam » Thu Jan 26, 2012 8:00 am

AlexCarrera wrote:I can just get the following error and no NEW TAB called DATABASE. Any clue?
Your system has not upgraded. Click the "purge Cache" folowed by find update>check Joomla 2.5.0 and click "upgrade"

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Re: Practical guide to automated upgrade J 1.7 to Joomla 2.5

Postby princessfiona_2 » Thu Jan 26, 2012 8:02 am

Hi Leo

Thanks for the quick reply. Unfortunately clicking the 'Discover' button did not do the trick.

Regards

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Postby leolam » Thu Jan 26, 2012 8:20 am

I cannot open your screen shots. Please upload something which I can open? not clickable

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Re: Practical guide to automated upgrade J 1.7 to Joomla 2.5

Postby princessfiona_2 » Thu Jan 26, 2012 8:27 am

Hi Leo

Did you mean you couldn't open my screen shot - or were you referring to that of another person's post?

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Postby leolam » Thu Jan 26, 2012 8:37 am

princessfiona_2 wrote:Did you mean you couldn't open my screen shot
yes

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Re: Practical guide to automated upgrade J 1.7 to Joomla 2.5

Postby princessfiona_2 » Thu Jan 26, 2012 8:41 am

Here it is:

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Re: Practical guide to automated upgrade J 1.7 to Joomla 2.5

Postby leolam » Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:12 am

You have not yet completed the Joomla update: Give it another try and check Joomla 2.5.0 and run the updater again (as instructed)

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Re: Practical guide to automated upgrade J 1.7 to Joomla 2.5

Postby princessfiona_2 » Thu Jan 26, 2012 11:36 am

When I try to perform the update, I get the following message:

-1 - An error has occurred.
Copy failed

Return to Control Panel

This is what it looks like:

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Re: Practical guide to automated upgrade J 1.7 to Joomla 2.5

Postby S320 » Thu Jan 26, 2012 1:18 pm

princessfiona_2 wrote:When I try to perform the update, I get the following message:

-1 - An error has occurred.
Copy failed

Return to Control Panel

This is what it looks like:

error.jpg


+1
I have tried it in IE9 and FF9 and get the same error. All file permissions in my directory are correct. The error message is not much use. Any solutions to this?


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