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Friendica 2019.06 #Released
Thanks everyone who contributed, be it directly by committing patches or new features, doing translations or reporting issues.
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And now, we happily announce the availability of #Friendica 2019.06. It contains many bug fixes, enhancements of existing functionality and some new features. The most noteworthy changes since the last release in March are:
Added native two-factor authentication
Added reshare counts
Added mascot to error pages (thanks to @lostinlight)
Moved Friendica private message and contact request to ActivityPub
You can find a complete overview of the changes in the CHANGELOG file.
How to Update
Updating from old Friendica versions
If you are updating from an older version than the 2018.09 release, please first update your Friendica instance to that version as there were several important changes in that version.
Please further note, that since Friendica 3.6 we use Composer for dependency management. If you are updating via git, you have to remember to update the dependencies as well.
Ensure that the last backup of your Friendica installation was done recently. While testing, we did not encounter problems, but better safe than sorry.
With this release we raised the hard requirements to PHP 7. If you are still using PHP 5.6+, this version won't work anymore on your system and we urge you to upgrade to PHP 7.1 at least.
Updating from the git repositories should only involve a pull from the Friendica core repository and addons repository. Remember to also update the dependencies with composer.
If you want to switch the branch (e.g. if you helped testing the RC code) please do so after the pull using git checkout master (or develop).
Be aware that the .htaccess file was removed from the git repository in the 2019.01 version. You might have to restore yours from a backup (if you have done local changes) or from the .htaccess-dist if you had not done it before.
Using the Archive Files
If you had downloaded the source files in an archive file (zip or tar.gz) please download the current version of the archive (friendica-full-2019.06.zip and friendica-addons-2019.06.tar.gz) and unpack it on your local computer.
As many files got deleted or moved around, please upload the unpacked files to a new directory on your server (say friendica_new) and copy over your existing configuration (config/local.config.php and config/addon.config.php) and .htaccess files. Afterwards rename your current Friendica directory (e.g. friendica) to friendica_old and friendica_new to friendica.
The files of the dependencies are included in the archive (make sure you are using the friendica-full-2019.06 archive), so you don’t have to worry about them.
Please be aware of the changes in the configuration format in the 2019.03 version. You should follow the instructions linked from your admin panel as soon as possible to move your configuration to the new location.
Post Update Tasks
The database update should be applied automatically, but maybe it gets stuck. If you encounter this, please initiate the DB update manually from the command line by running the script
bin/console dbstructure update
from the base of your Friendica installation. If the output contains any error message, please let us know using the channels mentioned below.
How to Contribute
If you want to contribute to the project, you don’t need to have coding experience. There are a number of tasks listed in the issue tracker with the label “Junior Jobs” we think are good for new contributors. But you are by no means limited to these – if you find a solution to a problem (even a new one) please make a pull request at github or let us know in the development forum.
Contribution to Friendica is also not limited to coding. Any contribution to the documentation, the translation or advertisement materials is welcome or reporting a problem. You don’t need to deal with Git(Hub) or Transifex if you don’t like to. Just get in touch with us and we will get the materials to the appropriate places.
Thanks everyone who helped making this release possible and have fun!