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Upgrade to 17.04 fails on Postgres 8

Marcus Leonard's profile picture
Posts: 3

28 June 2017, 5:02 PM

Upgrading from 15.10.1 to mahara-17.04.2.

Servers are RHEL5/6. PG8 is standard issue on Red Hat Enterprise 6, and Mahara sys reqs still say it's supported.

Running upgrade.php, auth.webservice step results in "Failed to upgrade."

Apache error Log (xxxx = redacted):
xxxx [DBG] da (lib/dml.php:157) postgres8 error: [-1: ERROR: function left(character varying, integer) does not exist at character 73, referer: xxxx
xxxx [DBG] da (lib/dml.php:157) HINT: No function matches the given name and argument types. You might need to add explicit type casts.] in adodb_throw(UPDATE "external_functions", referer: xxxx

I've filed a bug (#1700893), but just wondering if anyone has come across the same problem and if there's a workaround to get things moving.


Marcus Leonard's profile picture
Posts: 3

28 June 2017, 5:21 PM

More info if it helps.

Looks like it's here:


            "UPDATE {external_functions}
                component = LEFT(
                    LENGTH(component) - {$length}
                component <> 'webservice'
                AND RIGHT(
                ) = '{$oldtail}'

Apparently functions left() and right() appeared in pg 9.3. I've got 8.4.


Kristina Hoeppner's profile picture
Posts: 3441

29 June 2017, 3:13 PM

Hello Marcus,

Mahara 17.04 requires at minimum Postgres 9.1. We noticed the lack of update in the Readme file recently and amended it at (not yet released).

Upgrading to a later RHEL would also be beneficial for the PHP version as PHP 5.3 is not supported anymore and prevents an upgrade to Mahara 17.04.




Marcus Leonard's profile picture
Posts: 3

29 June 2017, 4:44 PM

Hi Kristina,

Ouch. Ok, thanks for the update.

PHP isn't a problem, we already have 5.6 on the server. We're planning to upgrade to RHEL7 relatively soon, so I guess we'll just try to bring that forward.



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