Zero effort patching of Escenic6 systems

Written by Torstein Krause Johansen updated: Friday May 05 2017 08:58

Thanks to the new escenic-content-engine-updater package, keeping Escenic systems up to date has never been easier.

# apt-get install escenic-content-engine-6.1
# apt-get install escenic-content-engine-updater-6.1

The updater package will take the currently deployed EAR file (it uses the entries in ece -i <instance> list-deployments and the corresponding file in /var/cache/escenic to find this) and re-packages that EAR file with whatever ECE and/or ECE plugin packages that you have installed on your system. It'll then deploy this newly package EAR file on all ECE and search instances on your machine.

When you later upgrade the escenic-content-engine-6.1 package or install a new ECE plugin, the updater will automatically run and repackage the currently deployed EAR file with the Escenic software:

# apt-get install escenic-video
Processing triggers for escenic-content-engine-updater-6.1 (6.1.0-6) ...
Repackaging last deployed EAR with the latest ECE versions ...
Deploying on engine1 ... 
Setting up escenic-video (4.20-3) ...

As you can see in the /escenic-admin webapp or with the ece versions command, the escenic-video plugin has been deployed on the machine's ECE instance(s):

$ ece versions
[ece#engine-engine1] Installed on the engine1 instance running on port 8080:
   *  content-engine 6.1.0-6
   *  video 4.2.0-3

You can see this updater package in action in this screencast (as well as the ece-install installation program. The updater package can be used regardless of ece-install):


The currently deployed EAR file must be available

In case you have cron jobs wiping out /var/cache/escenic these must be tweaked to not delete the currently deployed EAR file. This archive can be identified through the ece list-deployments:

$ ece -i engine1 list-deployments 
[ece#engine-engine1] These are all the deployments on engine1:
Wed 3 May 09:33:14 CEST 2017 minimal-1493796772.ear fda99db4285cffd78c069f05fcdb02c6
Fri 5 May 11:00:07 CEST 2017 f71390b3b1707744e9b9de97d35d894c
Fri 5 May 11:02:47 CEST 2017 6ba3408e1426383ea4f601aafbdb1843

For safety reasons, the updater doesn't run DB scripts

The updater package will update the Java libraries and configuration files of ECE & plugins. However, it will not run any database scripts. This is a conscious decision by us at Escenic as this could lead to surprising results or indeed broken components in multi machine setups.