pki-upgrade(8) Tool for upgrading system-wide configuration for


pki-upgrade [OPTIONS]


There are two parts to upgrading Certificate System: upgrading the system configuration files used by both the client and the server processes and upgrading the server configuration files.

When upgrading Certificate System, the existing system configuration files (e.g. /etc/pki/pki.conf) may need to be upgraded because the content may have changed from one version to another. The configuration upgrade is executed automatically during RPM upgrade. However, in case there is a problem, the process can also be run manually using pki-upgrade.

The system upgrade process is done incrementally using upgrade scriptlets. The upgrade process and scriptlet execution is monitored in upgrade trackers. A counter shows the latest index number for the most recently executed scriptlet; when all scriptlets have run, the component tracker shows the updated version number.

The scriptlets are stored in the upgrade directory:

The version is the system version to be upgraded. The index is the script execution order. The name is the scriptlet name.

During upgrade, the scriptlets will back up all changes to the filesystem into the following folder:

The version and index values indicate the scriptlet being executed. A copy of the files and folders that are being modified or removed will be stored in oldfiles. The names of the newly-added files and folders will be stored in newfiles.

The system upgrade process is tracked using this file:

The file stores the current configuration version and the last successful scriptlet index.


General options

Upgrade in silent mode.
Show upgrade status only without performing the upgrade.
Revert the last version.
Show advanced options.
-v, --verbose
Run in verbose mode.
-h, --help
Show this help message.

Advanced options

The advanced options circumvent the normal component tracking process by changing the scriptlet order or changing the tracker information.

WARNING: These options may render the system unusable.

--scriptlet-version <version>
Run scriptlets for a specific version only.
--scriptlet-index <index>
Run a specific scriptlet only.
Remove the tracker.
Reset the tracker to match the package version.
--set-tracker <version>
Set the tracker to a specific version.


Interactive mode

By default, pki-upgrade will run interactively. It will ask for a confirmation before executing each scriptlet.

% pki-upgrade

If there is an error, it will stop and show the error.

Silent mode

The upgrade process can also be done silently without user interaction:

% pki-upgrade --silent

If there is an error, it will stop and show the error.

Checking upgrade status

It is possible to check the status of a running upgrade process.

% pki-upgrade --status


If there is an error, rerun the upgrade in verbose mode:

% pki-upgrade --verbose

Check the scriptlet to see which operations are being executed. Once the error is identified and corrected, the upgrade can be resumed by re-running pki-upgrade.

It is possible to rerun a failed script by itself, specifying the instance and subsystem, version, and scriptlet index:

% pki-upgrade --scriptlet-version 10.0.1 --scriptlet-index 1

Reverting an upgrade

If necessary, the upgrade can be reverted:

% pki-upgrade --revert

Files and folders that were created by the scriptlet will be removed. Files and folders that were modified or removed by the scriptlet will be restored.




Ade Lee <[email protected]>, Ella Deon Lackey <[email protected]>, and Endi Dewata <[email protected]>. pki-upgrade was written by the Dogtag project.


Copyright (c) 2013 Red Hat, Inc. This is licensed under the GNU General Public License, version 2 (GPLv2). A copy of this license is available at