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v2.6.0 now available

edited August 2022 in Announcements
If you are already running any previous version of Exponent you are strongly encouraged to upgrade. However, we recommend you test the installation before upgrading a production server. You MUST be logged in as an admin user to upgrade Exponent. 

If you are not running at least PHP v5.6.x (yes, the minimum requirement is now PHP v5.6!), you will see a blank page when attempting to browse to the site, and an error message if attempting to install or upgrade. We also no longer automatically display a login box on the 'maintenance' view. You must specifically attempt to log on with the siteurl/logmein.php command and the database must be up and running. Additionally, this is the last version which will support PHP v5.6, or v7.0. Exponent has been tested with up to PHP v8.0 (though 8.0 testing has been limited).

If you update via 'git' you may experience a merge conflict due to the MANY changes. The best remedy is to have saved your database (eql file), files archive, and config.php file and when performing the 'git pull', if you receive a 'merge conflict', do this:

git fetch origin master 
git merge -s recursive -X theirs origin/master

If you are updating from any version prior to v2.2.0 and you've been updating your themes and custom modules in accordance with all the previous updates, this will be a simple update like the others. However, if you still have some patched old school stuff (your theme makes calls to exponent_theme_xxx or has custom old school module views), you may have some tweaking to do first. What this means for the site admin is:
  • When you install this software version, it'll seem as if the site has been wiped because all the modules and content will disappear UNTIL YOU RUN AN UPGRADE (as recommended)
  • All of the old school modules will be upgraded and deleted (calendarmodule, simplepollmodule, navigationmodule, containermodule, formmodule/formbuilder, etc...)...all those files in the /framework/modules-1 folder
  • Any old school module custom views MUST be upgraded/edited manually. See the post in the 2.0 Installation forum for details.
  • Details on upgrading can be found here.
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