Which version of Redmine?¶
Our Redmine installation is made from a version maintained in an Hg repository (see the Repository tab for this project).
This currently has two branches:
default branch tracks Redmine trunk (we carry out an actual SVN checkout on top of the repo and commit the entire .svn tree).
yuya branch contains the Redmine Mercurial overhaul patches from Yuya Nishihara described at Redmine issue 4455. This branch is the one that is actually used in the "production" site, and we merge to it from default each time we update default from trunk.
The aim is to track the Redmine trunk until Yuya's Mercurial overhaul patches are merged into trunk, and then to stop tracking the trunk at the next subsequent stable release.
How to update the Redmine trunk¶
Example: I start out doing some work in my test server, on the
cannam branch. I want to update the version of Redmine that my branch is based on.
The way we track Redmine SVN is simple but gross. We simply have all the .svn directories checked in to Hg, so the whole thing is a working SVN repository. We use the
default branch for tracking the upstream SVN -- this is its only function. Note in particular that we never, ever merge from Hg branches to the
default branch. Arguably it should have a better name than
So. First, we clone a new copy of our repository. Why? Because there are some files in the live instance that we don't keep in Hg, for example copyrighted fonts and some scripts and config files with database passwords in them. What we want to do is update the SVN code and then use
hg addremove to add to Hg anything that has appeared since we last updated. This won't work if we have additional untracked stuff in the directory as well, because all of it will be added too.
We'll clone our current copy rather than the master copy, because it's simpler -- then we just use the default target of
hg push to push back to the current copy for checking, before we push back to the remote master.
~$ hg clone /var/www/test-cannam work
~$ cd work
Now make sure we're on the right branch:
~/work$ hg update default
And update from trunk:
~/work$ svn update
Assuming that something actually changed, we can add and commit it:
~/work$ hg addremove
~/work$ hg commit
We now have the latest Redmine SVN trunk in our
default branch. Push the changes back to our normal working tree (remember this is the default push location because we cloned from there) and clean up:
~/work$ hg push
~/work$ cd ..
~$ rm -rf work
~$ cd /var/www/test-cannam
Now, we want to merge this trunk code to our development branch. Check we're in the branch we want to merge to (i.e. our development one):
/var/www/test-cannam$ hg update cannam
/var/www/test-cannam$ hg merge default
That merges all of the updates in the
default branch to our own working copy. (The changes haven't been committed yet; we could still revert.)
/var/www/test-cannam$ hg commit -m 'Merge SVN update from default branch'
To test this, we first need to run the Ruby on Rails database migration. RoR has a very nice system for maintaining database versions which allows it to update the database schema to match the current code regardless of which version you were previously using:
/var/www/test-cannam$ rake db:migrate
/var/www/test-cannam$ rake db:migrate:plugins
Since this is a development system, we should now be able to test the changes immediately by reloading the development site in the browser (pages are not cached).
Finally, we can push back to the master repo.
/var/www/test-cannam$ hg push https://code.soundsoftware.ac.uk/hg/soundsoftware-site