[Koha] Koha Maintenance Policies

Eric Bégin eric.begin at inLibro.com
Tue Mar 18 09:20:51 NZDT 2014

Hi Elaine,

The good thing is that they are not unwritten rules anymore :)


On 2014-03-17 12:21, Elaine Bradtke wrote:
> We have some unwritten rules:
>     - Back everything up before you make any changes (this should be
>     engraved in stone).
>     - Apply all security updates immediately.
>     - Wait a couple weeks after a major release to apply new versions, and
>     then apply it to the test system first and make sure it runs as expected.
>      Only then should you apply it to the production system.
>     - Never, ever make any changes right before either member of the Koha
>     team is due to be off grid for any length of time (learned that one the
>     hard way).
>     - Make all changes to the production system when the library is closed,
>     and with enough time that you can back it out and reinstate the old system
>     if there's a problem (remember the backups?) before the library reopens.
>     - Test the production system before the library reopens. Do not assume
>     that since it worked on the test site it will be fine in production.
>      Especially if you're working late at night, mistakes happen, and it's
>     tempting to skip this.
>     - Inform the staff of new releases and ask them to contact you if they
>     see any problems or unexpected behaviour (because all the testing we do may
>     not replicate something they do).
> It's usually a fairly smooth process, and most of the glitches were because
> we skipped a step. The IT person now has a checklist of the tasks he needs
> to do to make sure Koha is upgraded without a problem. This will vary with
> each installation, depending on any customizations you have done, etc.
> On Mon, Mar 17, 2014 at 10:32 AM, vikram zadgaonkar <
> vikramczadgaonkar at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Can you elaborate more what you need?
>> Vikram Zadgaonkar
>> On Mon, Mar 17, 2014 at 3:50 PM, enquiries.sevillelibrary <
>> enquiries at sevillelibrary.org.uk> wrote:
>>> Hi
>>> Koha has been setup and running for a while now in our library and we are
>>> currently writing a guide/policy on data and system maintenance to ensure
>>> Koha keeps "ticking over". Has anyone written such guide/policy and
>> willing
>>> to share?
>>> Thanks
>>> Tom - enquiries at sevillelibrary.org.uk
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