Hi Sebastian

I am also not aware of any such documentation. It is probably impossible to write it, as each such situation is different.

I don't quite understand what your 'script' is doing, but in your situation, I recommend the following:

First of all, make sure you have a backup of your PostgreSQL (or MySQL) database.

Don't make any changes to 'universe.wsgi', but move the bulky directories to new locations on the NFS share and replace them with symbolic links. This has also the advantage, that you can do it step by step (ie directory by directory).

Regards, Hans-Rudolf

On 01/13/2014 05:33 PM, Sebastian Schaaf wrote:
Hi @ all,

I would like to know if anyone could give me some guidance or hint on
how to migrate data 'correctly' if Galaxy already wrote files, worked on
the database etc.

The situation is that we set up an instance, it was already in use and
wrote files e.g. into the directory 'galaxy-dist/database/'. The local
space is quite small, but more storage is available via a NFS share. I
already wrote a bash script for setting up the connections (and editing
the 'universe.wsgi' file accordingly) for the entries 'genome_data_path,
'ftp_upload_dir', 'file_path', 'new_file_path' and
'job_working_directory'. Those should address the most bulky features...
The application of that script is fine as long as the Galaxy system has
never started before. While applying that on a system that already 'did
something', e.g. the files in the 'database/' subdirectory remain there
and are not transferred. Anyhow, if Galaxy is started up after the
application of the new settings, no error is reported.

I wonder how Galaxy now deals with that situation:
* Handling data from both sources? (read and/or write?)
* Automatic movements of the 'historic' data when touched the next time?
* Crashes if those older objects are intended to be read/edited?
* Removes them silently from the database?

=> Is there a procedure/module to used in order to migrate the data? Is
it sufficient (and appropriate) just to move all contents of the old
folders to the new locations? Did I miss any existing documentation on
that issue?

The answer(s) may diverge, depending on to which of the five parameters
announced above those questions are addressed...

Any help appreciated before blowing up our production instance :).

Thanks in advance,
Best regards,

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