Upgrading Squirro#

The upgrade instructions can vary from release to release and on the version of Red Hat / CentOS.

Please consult the release notes for any given Squirro release for details on which instructions to follow.

For upgrade troubleshooting, see Upgrading Configuration Conflicts.

For upgrade instructions for earlier versions, see Upgrading Earlier Versions.

Upgrades for Squirro 3.5.3 and later#

These upgrade instructions explain how to update an existing Linux-based Squirro installation to the current version.

Only follow these instructions if a specific Squirro release notes document references these as the correct upgrade instructions.

Before Upgrading#

Maintenance Window#

A Squirro upgrade requires a downtime. This is typically quite short, but will still affect user experience for a moment. As a result, upgrades to production systems should only be run in a maintenance window.

Storage vs. Cluster Nodes#

Squirro distinguishes between storage and cluster nodes. These can be installed on the same server or split up. Both can also be horizontally scaled and have multiple instances. For full details see How Squirro Scales.

Independent of the setup, in the instructions below always execute all the storage node updates first, and only then do the cluster node updates. This applies independent of whether cluster and storage node are on the same system, whether they are split into one server each, or if they have multiple instances each.

Offline Repository#

If you have used an offline installation of Linux, or have an internal mirror of the Squirro yum repository, make sure it is updated prior to starting the Squirro update.


Storage Nodes#


Starting from Release 3.7.4, Squirro storage nodes use Elasticsearch 8.x. If you are upgrading Squirro from older versions, you will also need to upgrade Elasticsearch to 8.x. For detailed instructions on migrating Elasticsearch, see Elasticsearch Migration.

Run these instructions on every single server that has storage nodes installed before moving on to the cluster nodes.

# Clear all cached metadata
yum clean all

# Update Java JDK
yum update java-1.8.0-openjdk

# Update Elasticsearch
yum update elasticsearch

# Update storage node
yum update squirro-storage-node-users
yum update squirro-storage-node

Cluster Nodes#

Please note that user-provided custom assets which include a requirements.txt file (e.g., a custom data loader plugin) might need to re-uploaded after the upgrade if the packages they depend on (if any) do not work on Python 3.8.

At this point you will have to check if any *.rpmnew files have been created in /etc/squirro and /etc/elasticsearch. See Upgrading Configuration Conflicts for details on how to handle those conflicts.

For example, the /etc/squirro/common.ini would need resolution if you are upgrading from a version that does not have the new pdfconversion service.

Finally, restart the services:

systemctl restart mariadb
systemctl reload nginx

And validate if everything is coming up (this may have to be run a few times until everything stabilizes):


The yum autoremove command can cause the Squirro systemd services not to start during a reboot. We recommend that you issue the following commands to fix this issue and reboot the system to ensure it works. This only is an issue with upgrades from 3.4 and earlier.

systemctl enable sqconfigurationd.service
systemctl enable sqcontentd.service
systemctl enable sqdatasourced.service
systemctl enable sqdigestmailerd.service
systemctl enable sqemailsenderd.service
systemctl enable sqfilteringd.service
systemctl enable sqfrontendd.service
systemctl enable sqingesterd.service
systemctl enable sqmachinelearningd.service
systemctl enable sqpdfconversiond.service
systemctl enable sqplumberd.service
systemctl enable sqproviderd.service
systemctl enable sqrelatedstoryd.service
systemctl enable sqschedulerd.service
systemctl enable sqthumblerd.service
systemctl enable sqtopicd.service
systemctl enable sqtopicproxyd.service
systemctl enable sqtrendsd.service
systemctl enable squserd.service
systemctl enable squserproxyd.service
systemctl enable sqwebshotd.service