Author:Étienne Loks
Copyright:CC-BY 3.0

This document presents the upgrade of Chimère.


Before any upgrade backup the database and all your installation files (specially if you have made changes to them).

The process for migration requires a basic knowledge of Git and Linux CLI. It is not an easy process. A work is currently done to easy the upgrade in later versions (>2.0) of Chimère.

If several versions have been published, you should repeat all upgrading steps. For instance to upgrade from v1.1 to v2.0 you should first upgrade to v1.2 then to v2.0. The only optional step is the integration of your customisations.

The current stable version is 2.0.


If you are considering to contribute on Chimère get the Git master.

The instructions are given for Debian Squeeze and Debian Wheezy.

Getting new versions of dependencies

If you want to install the Chimère package for Debian Wheezy dependencies are managed by the package. You can go to the next section of the documentation.

Version 1.1 -> 1.2

apt-get install python-lxml libjs-jquery gpsbabel python-gdal

Version 1.2 -> 2.0

Debian Squeeze

Activate the backports: http://backports-master.debian.org/Instructions/ Then install the new dependencies:

apt-get install -t squeeze-backports python-django python-django-south \
                   python-simplejson libjs-jquery-ui python-pyexiv2 \
                   python-feedparser javascript-common libjs-jquery

Debian Wheezy

apt-get install python-django-south python-simplejson libjs-jquery-ui \
                python-pyexiv2 python-feedparser javascript-common

If you are planning to do major import consider the install of Celery.

apt-get install python-django-celery python-kombu

Getting the new sources

To simplify further instructions, some environment variables are initialized.

CHIMERE_BRANCH=v1.2        # version 1.1 -> 1.2
CHIMERE_BRANCH=v2.0        # version 1.2 -> 2.0
CHIMERE_BRANCH=master      # version 2.0 -> master

Your local name is used for the name of your local Git branch and the Python package. As a Python package it should follow the rule of Python variable name: it must be at least one letter and can have a string of numbers, letters and underscores (“_”) to any length. Don’t begin the name by “_” because it has special significance in Python.

From Debian package

If you want to install the last stable version of Chimère and your system is under Debian Wheezy it is wise to use Chimère Debian packages.

If you have a previous installation from sources remove all chimère libraries but keep your project dir.

rm -rf $CHIMERE_PATH/chimere

Then you can install Chimère.

# add Chimère repository
echo "deb http://debian.peacefrogs.net wheezy main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list
apt-get update
# install
apt-get install python-django-chimere

Installation from sources

First of all you have to get the new version of the source code. For the upgrade process, the source code has to be from the Git repository.

From a previous Git installation

git stash # if you have uncommited changes

From a previous tarball installation

First remove your old installation and get the Git version:

cd ..
git clone git://www.peacefrogs.net/git/chimere
cd chimere

Update basic settings

Version 1.1 -> 1.2

vim $CHIMERE_APP_PATH/settings.py

Add the following lines (adapted for your jquery and gpsbabel installation):

JQUERY_URL = SERVER_URL + 'jquery/jquery-1.4.4.min.js'
GPSBABEL = '/usr/bin/gpsbabel'
# simplify with an error of 5 meters
GPSBABEL_OPTIONS = 'simplify,crosstrack,error=0.005k'

Version 1.2 -> 2.0

Project template

A default project can be found on Gitorious. Get it and start a new project with it (or get another project based on Chimère):

git clone git://gitorious.org/chimere-example-project/chimere-example-project.git
django-admin startproject --template=chimere-example-project mychimere_project
rm -rf chimere-example-project

A local_settings file is now used.

cp local_settings.py.sample local_settings.py
vim local_settings.py

Report your old settings from settings.py to local_settings.py (at least the database configuration). The setting ROOT_URLCONF must be set to value_of_your_localname.urls.


Logging is now enabled by default in the file /var/log/django/chimere.log.

mkdir /var/log/django
touch /var/log/django/chimere.log
chown www-data -R /var/log/django
Static files

Now static files are managed with django.contrib.staticfiles.

./manage.py collectstatic

Move old static files to the new static directory:

cp -ra $CHIMERE_PATH/chimere/static/* $CHIMERE_APP_PATH/static/
cp -ra $CHIMERE_PATH/chimere/static/icons/* $CHIMERE_APP_PATH/media/icons/
cp -ra $CHIMERE_PATH/chimere/static/upload $CHIMERE_APP_PATH/media/
rm -rf $CHIMERE_PATH/chimere/static/icons
rm -rf $CHIMERE_PATH/chimere/static/upload

Update permissions for media directory:

chown www-data -R $CHIMERE_APP_PATH/media/
Webserver configuration

If you are using Apache and WSGI to serve your Chimère, change your WSGI configuration file to point to the correct settings: value_of_your_localname.settings.

Change your webserver directive to point to the correct static directory from your_chimere_path/chimere/static to your_chimere_path/your_local_name/static.

Version 2.0 -> master

Update settings and static files.

cp $CHIMERE_PATH/example_project/settings.py $CHIMERE_LOCALNAME
./manage.py collectstatic

Migrate database

Version 1.1 -> 1.2

Migration scripts test your installation before making changes so you probably won’t have any lost but by precaution before running these scripts don’t forget to backup your database. You can also make a copy of your current database into a new database and make the new installation to this new database.

The gdal binding for Python is necessary to run the upgrade scripts (available in the python-gdal package in Debian).

If you run the migration scripts in a production environnement stop the old instance of Chimère before executing the migration script.

In settings.py verify that chimere.scripts is in the INSTALLED_APPS.

After that in the Chimère directory just execute the script.

python ./scripts/upgrade.py

Version 1.2 -> 2.0

Django South is now used to manage database migrations.

./manage.py syncdb --noinput
./manage.py migrate chimere 0001 --fake # fake the database initialisation
./manage.py migrate chimere

A description field is now available for markers. If you would like to move values of an old Property model to this new field, a script is available.

# follow the instructions

Version 2.0 -> master

./manage.py syncdb
# les migrations ont été réinitialisées
./manage.py migrate chimere --delete-ghost-migrations --fake 0001
./manage.py migrate chimere

Update translations

Version 1.1 -> 1.2

./manage.py compilemessages

Version 1.2 -> 2.0 -> master

cd $CHIMERE_PATH/chimere
django-admin compilemessages

Forcing the refresh of visitor’s web browser cache

Major changes in the javascript has been done between versions, many of your users could experience problems. There are many tricks to force the refresh of their cache. One of them is to change the location of statics files. To do that edit your local_settings.py and change:

STATIC_URL = '/static/'


STATIC_URL = '/static-v2.0.0/'

Then change the webserver directive to point to your new path. Restart the web server to apply this changes.

Configuring the Sites framework

Version 1.2 -> 2.0

Sites framework allow you to serve the same content on different domains. Most of you will probably use only one domain but this unique domain has to be configured. This is done in the web administration interface in Sites > Sites. You only need to change example.com by your domain name. If you forget to do that, some functionalities such as RSS feeds will not work properly.