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ReadySET: How to upgrade


ReadySET is still in fairly early releases that are rapidly evolving. The differences between any two early releases may be quite large, making upgrading difficult.

As ReadySET matures (i.e., passes v1.0.0), the changes between minor versions should become smaller and easier to upgrade.

Also, some of the ReadySET content that is most likely to change and grow over time is not part of the templates at all, it is the words of wisdom hosted on the ReadySET web site.

Low-Tech Upgrade Proceedure

You may simply cut and paste sections of HTML source code between new ReadySET templates and files that you have been using in your project.

While potentially tedious and somewhat error-prone, this method requires no training or specific tools. It also has the advantages that it is very easy to update only as many or as few files as you desire.

Check the release-notes.html in the new release of ReadySET for a summary of changes.

High-Tech Upgrade Proceedure

For users that use CVS for their own project: you can use CVS's vendor branch feature to help you merge the latest changes from the ReadySET project into your project.

Let's assume that you are upgrading from ReadySET v0.8.2 to v0.9.1. Let's also assume that you consider "Tigris.org" to be the vendor of ReadySET. Note that CVS does not allow periods in tag names, and we do not want ReadySET version numbers to conflict with any version numbers of your projects, so we will make the names more distinctive and use underscores instead: ReadySET_0_8_2, ReadySET_0_9_1, Tigris_org.

Let's further assume that you are using a CVS server located at cvs.yourcompany.com with a repository located at /cvs, your username is username, and that you are using ReadySET for a project named yourproject.


  1. Unpack ReadySET v0.8.2 and add it to your CVS repository on a vendor branch.
      unzip ReadySET-082.zip
      cd ReadySET-082/templates
      cvs -d :pserver:username@cvs.yourcompany.com:/cvs import -m 'importing ReadySET v0.8.2' yourproject Tigris_org ReadySET_0_8_2
      cd ..
  2. Unpack ReadySET v0.9.1 and add it to your CVS repository on the same vendor branch.
      unzip ReadySET-091.zip
      cd ReadySET-091/templates
      cvs -d :pserver:username@cvs.yourcompany.com:/cvs import -m 'importing ReadySET v0.9.1' yourproject Tigris_org ReadySET_0_9_1
      cd ..
  3. Create a working copy of your project documents (if you don't already have one).
       mkdir workingcopy
       cd workingcopy
       cvs -d :pserver:username@cvs.yourcompany.com:/cvs co yourproject
  4. Merge the differences between the two vendor versions of ReadySET into your working copy.
       cd yourproject
       cvs update -j ReadySET_0_8_2 -j ReadySET_0_9_1
  5. You are likely to see several messages from CVS about merging files and conflicts. The CVS output lines that begin with "C" indicate conflicts.
  6. Edit your working copy files to resolve all conflicts. Browse the files to make sure that they look OK. If any files have changed names, you will have to cut and paste content from the old filename to the new filename.
  7. Commit your updated files to your repository
       cvs commit -m 'updated project documents to use newer ReadySET templates'

These steps are specific to CVS, but other version control systems likely provide analogous functionality.