[rt-users] RT 2 to RT 3.8 migration tools

Kai kai at xs4all.nl
Tue Jul 28 11:26:13 EDT 2009

Hi all,

After almost 8 years of happily running RT 2.0.15 we've finally had  
the guts to migrate to RT3.8.4. For this I had to write a few scripts  
to make it faster than the tools that are available (rt-2.0-to- 
dumpfile and dumpfile-to-rt-3.0).

Last week we've migrated, and I must say that it was relatively  
painless. After much thoughts I'd like to share the code with the rest  
of the world.

After migration we saw a noticeable increases in database rows on  
certain tables, due to 660k tickets and 670k users:

			old	new
CachedGroupMembers:	0	6m+
GroupMembers:		368	2.7m
Groups:			60	3.3m
Principals:		0	4m
Watchers:		643k	0

That scared me at first, but it's not an issue on modern hardware. The  
time taken for each of the stages you really need to do:
	rewriting the original data: 26 to 48 minutes
	importing into postgres: 16 to 65 minutes
	recreating indexes: 11 to 35 minutes
Your mileage may vary depending on the amount of internal memory.

I've made my git repository readable and browsable:

I'll be happy to answer questions or receive some critics on it.


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