Update WriteFreely server instance
On July 2nd WriteFreely v.0.10 was released with two little commits by me: Lithuanian translation and lessc installation fix for CentOS – so proud to be listed among contributors 😊 To celebrate it I'm posting quick guide how to update WriteFreely instance when building binary from source.
This guide is tested with following version of WriteFreely: 0.11.2 (2019-12-26).
As always, use
mysqldump to backup your database and preferably entire home directory of user running WriteFreely.
2. Stop system service
systemctl stop writefreely
At this point Nginx will start returning
Bad gateway error to visitors.
3. Pull sources
Because I use my forked repository, I retrieve sources by using this command:
go get -d -u -v code.gyt.is/writefreely
Updated sources will be available in your user's home
GOPATH, run below command to know:
In my case it is
After sources are retrieved change directory to
Don't forget to ensure Go modules are enabled otherwise build will fail on sitemap.go as described in issue #93. So before building run:
And initiate build process:
make build # Compile the application
5. Run database migration
Might not be always necessary (check release notes) but better run database migration:
6. Initiate installation
At this point interactive wizard will come up to update configuration. Don't worry – you won't need to re-enter MySQL credentials – they will be pre-filled. Just make sure to select WriteFreely modes correctly – “Production behind proxy”, “Multiuser” and so on. It might be good way to improve this wizard to read those values as well from config file.
7. Build interface
To build templates and CSS, run:
make ui # Generates CSS (run this whenever you update your styles)
Note – lessc runs fine with CentOS starting v.0.10 (my pull request there 😊).
8. Run binary
Run binary with”
This will copy
writefreely binary to to your
When upgrading to v0.11.1 on CentOS I've got this error:
[user@server writefreely]$ make run go-bindata -pkg writefreely -ignore=\\.gitignore -debug -tags="!wflib" schema.sql sqlite.sql go install -ldflags="-X 'github.com/writeas/writefreely.softwareVer=`git describe | cut -c 2-`'" -tags='sqlite' ./... writefreely --debug make: writefreely: Command not found make: *** [run] Error 127
Will need to take a look at
make script. Anyway to check executable I ran below:
9. Start system service
systemctl start writefreely
Note – it's always a good idea to ensure your WriteFreely service runs on dedicated system user.
Happy lightweight federated blogging 😎
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