Skip to main content

Migration from Indico 1.2 to 2.0

Project description

This script migrates the database of an Indico 1.2.x server to version 2.0.

Migrating to Indico 2.0

Please refer to the Upgrade Guide for instructions on how to upgrade from Indico 1.2 to 2.0.

Migration settings

The migration command accepts a series of options that you will have to adjust according to your current Indico setup and whichever way you’d like to organize your new installation. We will go over them one by one, please read carefully!

The basic migration command consists of:

$ indico-migrate <sqlalchemy-uri> <zodb-uri> [--rb-zodb-uri <rb-zodb-uri>]


This is the URI of your new SQLAlchemy database. If it’s located in your local machine, it will look like this:


Otherwise, it will be something like postgresql://<username>:<password>@<hostname>:<port>/indico.


This is the URI of your Indico 1.2 ZODB. It should normally look like this:


If you’re running it on a remote server, it will become zeo://<username>:<password>@<hostname>:<port>/indico

You can also choose to access the database file directly, instead of going through the ZEO service:


This is slightly slower than the previous option but can be very useful if all you have is a database file and you don’t want to set up a ZEO server.

--rb-zodburi (optional)

This option only applies if you were running Indico’s Room Booking system and wish to migrate room and reservation information. The URI follows the same rules of zodb-uri. In most cases it will be something like:


This is followed by the relevant options from the following list:

--system-user-id (optional)

The “system user” is a user that performs automatic operations and which will also be used whenever, during the migration process, Indico doesn’t manage to figure out who was responsible for a given action.

For instance, in Indico < 2.0 we were not keeping track of whoever submitted a paper revision. In 2.0 that is enforced, which is why during the migration we set all revisions as if they were authored by the system user.

If you already had an Indico user that you were using for “bot” actions, you can specify its (numeric) ID using this option. If that’s not the case, you can safely ignore it and a new user will be created automatically.


$ indico-migrate postgresql:///indico2 zeo:// -v

--default-email (mandatory)

This is an e-mail address that will be used whenever Indico finds invalid addresses it cannot correct. Unfortunately, really old versions of Indico didn’t validate e-mail addresses that well, which is why we need a placeholder e-mail to use in case we find an address we cannot understand. E.g.

--ldap-provider-name (optional)

This is the name of the LDAP provider that will be used in your new config. Existing LDAP identities will be mapped to it. The best choice at this point is to set it to something like <your-organization>-ldap (e.g. cern-ldap). Write down this choice, you will need it when configuring Indico 2.0.

--default-group-provider (mandatory)

This is the name of the LDAP provider that will be used to resolve any groups in your new config. Existing LDAP groups will be mapped to the provider with this ID. It will be almost always the same value as that of --ldap-provider-name. Once again, write it down, you will need it when configuring Indico 2.0.

--archive-dir (mandatory)

This is the ArchiveDir that was set in your old indico.conf (in version 1.2).

--storage-backend (mandatory)

This is the name of the storage backend where migrated files will be kept. This option was added since in Indico 2.0 you will be able to set more than one storage backend (thus being able to split your files across different folders and even storage technology). The setup process needs to know the ID you will give to the storage backend where files imported from 1.2 will be kept. Since the directory structure changes slightly in 2.0, we recommend that you set this to something like fs-legacy. Whatever you choose, write it down since you’ll need it when configuring 2.0.

--photo-path (optional)

If --rb-zodb-uri was specified, this is an optional directory (path) where Indico will be able to find photos of each room. Indico will look inside two directories: small_photos (thumbnails) and large_photos and import existing files (<room_canonical_name>.jpg) into the database.

--reference-type (optional, multiple)

If you were storing “Report Numbers” (now known as “External References”), specify here the IDs of the systems that were being used. Those should correspond to the keys in your ReportNumberSystems dictionary (Indico 1.2 config). The result should be somethink like --reference-type CDS --reference-type EDMS ...

--default-currency (mandatory)

This is the code of the currency unit that will be used by default in your server. E.g. USD or EUR.

--ignore-local-accounts (optional flag)

This option is meant for servers that were at some point using local accounts (username + password) but have since adopted another authentication method (LDAP + SSO, for instance). If you don’t need local accounts anymore and don’t want to move the old usernames and password to the new DB (which is probably a good idea), then set this option. This will also save you some migration time.

--migrate-broken-events (optional flag)

This option will import events that were previously broken due to not being associated with a valid category. Such events usually only exist if the old database had events imported from CDSAgenda. If this flag is enabled and any such events exist, a new top-level category named ‘Lost & Found’ will be created and the events stored in there.

Other settings

These less used settings are meant mainly for debugging purposes. You shouldn’t normally use them unless you know what you’re doing.

--no-gui (optional flag)

This option will disable the curses-like “graphical” interface, using plain text instead.

--verbose (optional flag)

This flag increases the verbosity of the Indico migration command. The amount of information can be overwhelming.

--dblog (optional flag)

If this option is specified, the migration command will contact the Indico DB logger running in the local machine and log every request that is made to the PostgreSQL server.

--debug (optional flag)

This option will launch the migration in debug mode, which means that the user will be given a debugger shell when something goes wrong.

--avoid-storage-check (optional flag)

DANGER! By specifying this option, you’re telling Indico it doesn’t need to check if a file really exists when migrating it. This will result in a faster migration but as well in possible data inconsistency and incomplete information.

--save-restore (optional flag)

This option triggers a dump of all intermediate migration data that is kept in memory to a file on disk, called indico-migration.yaml, whenever the migration fails. This allows the process to be resumed from the point at which it failed.

--restore-file (optional flag)

DANGER! This option takes a file path as argument. The file in question should be a dump proced with --save-restore and which will be loaded to memory. The global migration steps that had been performed at the time of the failure will be skipped.

Project details

Download files

Download the file for your platform. If you're not sure which to choose, learn more about installing packages.

Files for indico-migrate, version 1.0.10
Filename, size File type Python version Upload date Hashes
Filename, size indico_migrate-1.0.10-py2-none-any.whl (134.4 kB) File type Wheel Python version py2 Upload date Hashes View

Supported by

Pingdom Pingdom Monitoring Google Google Object Storage and Download Analytics Sentry Sentry Error logging AWS AWS Cloud computing DataDog DataDog Monitoring Fastly Fastly CDN DigiCert DigiCert EV certificate StatusPage StatusPage Status page