Upgrade Problem from 1.12.2 to 1.13.3 build process never ends

Technical Support
  • #1

    Hi guys,
    I tried to upgrade Nodebb from v1.12.2 to v1.13.3. After ./nodebb upgrade everything is fine except the build process, see screenshot for details. The process never ends after templates. I had a look in the folder and the data is there, but if I stop the process the frontend is broken.

    Bildschirmfoto 2020-10-28 um 21.41.30.png

    The road to this point was quite bumpy. It took 3-4 attempts to come to this points. I had to clear a few npm-errors with missing dependencies. I tried to roll back completely from a backup, but the result is the same. I tried to upgrade to v1.14.x but the result is still the same.

    System data:
    OS: CentOS 7
    Node v12.19.0
    npm 6.14.8

    Does anybody know how to resolve this problem?

    Thanks for any help!

  • NodeBB

    Does it build if you use persona theme?

    Did you try building in series mode with ./nodebb build --series.

    Does the server have enough ram?

  • #3

    Hi @baris!
    Great, the build fininshed with ./nodebb build --series. Thanks!

    I will keep this command. After that I tried again ./nodebb upgrade and monitored with top the ram an CPU usage. The build process broke with an error
    Error occurred during upgrade: Error: ENOMEM: not enough memory, read
    I got this error the first time. In all my other attemps no error occured.

    How much ram is recommended for the usage of nodebb?

  • Community Rep

    @suparomana Define "Usage" 😜

    How much provisioning did you allocate? In my experience, one needs a fair bit more RAM for builds than day to day operations. Ditto CPU horsepower. The --series flag is news to me as well. If that still takes too long to build: Do you have the ability to scale up provisioning for builds and then scale back down for day to day operations?

  • NodeBB

    1gb ram with some swap is usually fine to run ./nodebb build

  • #6

    @baris 1gb ram is a lot.. we are running our forum on a shared host, so I can not increase the amount of ram.

    Nodebb is running very smoothly and super fast there and we get a lot of positive feedback from our users. Our complete userbase is about 600 users big and we never had a performance issue in about 3 years.

    I assume that the needed ram could be a problem for a lot of nodebb users. Do you think it would be possible to make the --series option available for the build function ./nodebb build --series ? If yes, where should I place this request? 😊

  • Global Moderator Plugin & Theme Dev

    @suparomana what are you asking for? Doesn't ./nodebb build --series already work?

    If you're asking to make it the default, there's also the option of placing "series": true in your config.json

  • #8

    @pitaj great! This is what I am looking for. 😉 And you understood it even though I wrote it wrong. 🤦 Actually I would ask for ./nodebb upgrade --series but a config option is much better. Thank you! 🙏 It would be great if you could include this option in the documentation.

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