Update lifecycle

The recommended setup is to have integration and production data on the same database, using separate schemas. This setup allows for simpler switches between integration and production.

The recommended setup for the static schema is to have exactly one schema for integration and one for production, e.-g.: integration_static for the integration environment, and production_static for production environment.

For the data of the main schema, we recommend to have one schema for each version of the application. The following example shows how an update can be performed from a version 2019 to a version 2020:

  Integration schema name Production schema name
Initial state main_2019 main_2019
Start a new version main_2020 main_2019
Do the changes main_2020 main_2019
Publish the new version main_2020 main_2020

Initial state

Starting point is that the current version is the same on integration and production => main_2019.

Prepare the project

To be able to proceed like this, the variables PGSCHEMA and the DOCKER_PGSCHEMA_STATIC should be managed in your makefiles:

  • The variable PGSCHEMA should be set in the Makefile; in this example, it will be set to main_2019.
  • The DOCKER_PGSCHEMA_STATIC variable for production should be set in a specific makefile for production e.-g.; it will be set for example to integration_static in the Makefile, and to production_static in the production makefile.
  • The line PGSCHEMA=${docker_schema} should be removed from your .env.mako file.

Start a new version

When starting changes such as an application change and/or administration settings, create a new schema main_2020 and use it on integration. Now, integration uses main_2020, while production still uses main_2019.

To create the new schema, you should copy the old one, for that c2cgeoportal provides a Postgres function called clone_schema. If you have not yet created this function in your database, use to following command to create it:

docker-compose exec geoportal psql --file=scripts/CONST_clone_schema.sql

To use the function, connect to your database and perform the following statement:

SELECT clone_schema(
    '<new_schema_name>', TRUE);

In our example, it will be:

SELECT clone_schema('main_2019', 'main_2020', TRUE);

The PGSCHEMA variable should be set in the Makefile to main_2020.

Do the changes

Now you can do the changes including upgrades.

If you want to restructure a geodata table, you should create a new table, use the new table name in your mapfiles and your QGIS projects. The new table will be automatically used when you publish the new version.

To do a test on an editing table during integration, you should copy the table with e.-g.:

CREATE TABLE edit.poi AS TABLE edit.oi_integration;

Use the new table in the ‘Geo table’ field of your layer in the administration interface.

Do your tests.

Don’t forget to put back your old value before publishing the new version.

Publish the new version

Publish the new version on production: now, integration and production both use main_2020.

For OpenShift projects, just push the integration branch into the production branch.

The schema main_2019 still exists, so if needed, the production can be rolled back to this content.


To have a different schema for the geodata used in the editing, we can define the geo_table as follows: {GEODATA_SCHEMA}.table where {GEODATA_SCHEMA} will be replaced by the GEODATA_SCHEMA environment variable.