Last week we announced the new fly migrate-to-v2 command. This is the first in a series of updates which aims to make migrate-to-v2 more capable of migrating all kinds of apps. As of flyctl v0.0.510 migrate-to-v2 should Just Work with your v1 postgres apps. That said I’m sure bugs will be found so please report them when you find them.
How it works
It works just like migrating a regular app with some exceptions
It will upgrade your pg image first
It sets your pg to readonly
It will create new volumes (one for each of your existing ones)
It will wait for at least one new replica from your PRIMARY_REGION is fully synced before scaling down the old nomad vms
It disables readonly
The migrator does not automatically delete the old volumes so you will have to delete them yourself if you want to prevent from being charged
Sometimes, you can end up with a machine that has a release version 0.
* This is a cosmetic bug, the machine still runs the correct image and has the right configuration.
The process will begin whether or not payment is configured, but it cannot finish without a valid payment method.
* Don’t worry, though! When this happens, your app will be rolled back to how it was before migration was attempted, so nothing breaks.
Rarely, the error recovery rollback process leaves your app in a “suspended” state. This is a consequence of the app being in-between nomad and machines for a brief period. This has to be fixed on our backend, but once it’s fixed, this should automatically not be an issue anymore.
* For the time being, if you end up running into issues and your app has to be rolled back to nomad, you might have to fly resume your app. This should fix the issue. Sorry about this!
Why not to do this (yet)
Your app can’t tolerate any amount of time in readonly mode
You are scared of new commands
The rest of the equivalent section from last week doesn’t super apply since pg on fly machines is a well tested specific experience
Why you absolutely should do this
Your postgres will become way more reliable running on appsv2 than on v1
Again, this is new software. There might always be bugs but we think migrating your postgres apps will make them way more reliable and be a much nicer experience. We’ve already migrated some dbs for our internal tooling which was really nice.
Happy migrating! Let us know how it goes, if you have any questions, or find any bugs.
To be clear, this migrates from our stolon based image to our stolon based image. So nothing about what runs in your vm is changed. PostGIS will still be there. This tool is not (yet) migrating to flex.
Everything seems fine after running the command, but we are stuck on Waiting for in region replicas to become healthy for at least 15 minutes now, we have even manually cloned the newly created machine so that there is a “replica” available. Not sure what to do.
Do I need to set a PRIMARY_REGION in secrets?
@DAlperin - is there a way to manually remove the old v1 instances and unlock the db for writes? We are stuck in limbo now.