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  • squeezy has drupal6
  • wheezy has drupal7 and no drupal6 package
  • no fully automated upgrade path exists
  • complexities are likely to arise with any non-core modules installed in a drupal6 system

The good news

  • For a simple site, with a few manual steps, an upgrade from the drupal6 to drupal7 package can be done in 10-15 minutes

The bad news

  • For a complicated site, it may be necessary to manually recreate the whole site in drupal7, maybe a few days work
  • This is bad news for people with many sites (virtual hosting)

How to do it

Server preparation

These are once-off steps to prepare the server. Whether you have one site or 100 sites on the server, these steps only need to be done once.

  • It is necessary (and safe) to install both the drupal6 and drupal7 packages concurrently
    • If your system is still on squeeze, you can get a drupal7 package from squeeze-backports
    • If your system is on wheezy already, you can get the drupal6 package from squeeze (manual download and install with dpkg)
  • After installing, it is necessary to ensure that the /usr/local/share/drupal hierarchy is split by version

Moving each site

You do not have to move all sites at the same time. You can do one at a time. Sites will run normally as Drupal 6 sites until you migrate them.

  • Official migration steps are described in the upstream document, and you should review that before following the steps below
  • Put the site in maintenance mode
  • Disable all non-core modules
  • In the apache2 virtual host definition, change references of drupal6 to drupal7:

vi /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/www.example.org
/etc/init.d/apache2 reload
  • Make settings.php writeable for the site (e.g. for www.example.org)
    •  chmod a+w /etc/drupal/6/sites/www.example.org/settings.php 

  • Now go to the upgrade script: