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From "gmcdonald" <>
Subject IMPORTANT: Major Confluence Upgrade Coming Soon. Please review test instance now.
Date Tue, 18 Jun 2013 11:56:46 GMT
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Hi All,

If your project has a Confluence Wiki then this is an IMPORTANT announcement
for you and your project. Please read this email carefully.

NOTICE: The ASF Confluence instance is planned to be upgraded this Saturday
22nd June 2013. Judging by the time taken to upgrade the test instance,
please expect the service to be in a down or read only state for the entire

This email is to let you know that a test upgrade has already occurred and
is live for you to play with now. This gives us all an opportunity to test
for stability as well as any upgrade/plugin issues that might have happened
along the way.

Our current confluence wiki is at version 3.4.9 from way back in February
2011 and Atlassian have released a further 45 updates along the way,
including another 2 major versions.
The test instance has been upgraded several times along the way, with
database surgery, operating system and server changes along the way. 

There have been casualties. Most notably is the Autoexport Plugin has had to
be disabled permanently as during extensive testing, this plugin stopped
working on version 4.3. Templates and Macros are also affected with major
changes from wiki markup to xhtml amongst other things. Some plugins
survived with upgrades all the way whilst some have been
decommissioned/replaced or have changed to 'paid for' versions that we need
to sort out licensing for. Nothing major that I can tell, but that's where
you lot come in with your testing of your own spaces.

Please familiarise yourself with what's new in Confluence 5.1 at
and also take a good look around our upgraded test instance. Do not worry
about mucking anything up on the test instance as that is what it is there
for. Any changes/additions made will be lost on Saturday when a new
migration will take place. The current confluence version will remain online
in a read only state until the new version is completed.

A jira ticket has been raised at where projects can add
comments on any issues they are having with the test instance as compared to
their old site. Just problems only please, do not turn it into a how to use
confluence 5 thread. In addition, if there are any features that you
currently use that do not work in the test instance, please replicate the
feature in the current production TEST space so that I can test them all in
the one place along the way. (Ask if you need create page permissions to )

It may be possible in the future to replace Autoexport by playing around
with the API to export the pages but this is not a priority, nor is it
supported. We warned projects long ago that the Autoexport Tool would be
incompatible with future Confluence versions and that time has now come.

Ok so, please test and report to the Jira Issue mentioned anything amiss
with your space. Go to and have a play
around. You have 3 DAYS to report anything you find.


Gavin (ASF Infra)

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