MariaDB upgrade from 10.3 to 10.5 or 10.6?


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Mar 25, 2002
I'm getting closer to upgrading from MariaDB 10.3 to either 10.5 or 10.6 on a couple of busy shared servers, one running CL 7.9 and the other CL 8.8.

Assuming that:

1. We've taken all the normal precautions, like backing up the database first, in case we need to restore it.
2. We have enough advanced in-house sys admin experience to manage the upgrade and deal with any major hiccups

And acknowledging that if any websites will have a problem with the upgrade, then it's most likely to be the older sites.....

My question is: should our aim be to go all the way to 10.6 (via 10.5, I assume)?

Or would it be more prudent to stop at 10.5, and consider going for 10.6 at a later date?

Or to put it another way... how likely is it that if we have to 'fix' a website after upgrading to 10.5, we'll have to fix it again after upgrading to 10.6?


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Apr 8, 2003
Chesapeake, VA
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DataCenter Provider
We've done a lot of 10.3 to 10.6 and we rarely run into any issues and IIRC the new upgrade procedure doesn't do the stepped upgrade, so it goes directly to 10.6.

You may have to look into disabling mysql strict mode if you have some older, incorrectly coded sites.

Steini Petur

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Apr 24, 2016
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Root Administrator
I can confirm we did 2 upgrades in the past month, and we've not run into clients with complaints on either of the servers, they boast 600 users on each server, it's been smooth enough that we're feeling comfortable rolling it out server wide.