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4.0 - Delta Updates

IPS Community Suite 4.0 is nearly here, and we'll be distributing betas very soon. But 4.0 is really just the beginning; with the new tightly integrated, one-version suite of applications, we're already starting to think about all of the features we'd like to add in the future. This brings us nicely to the final 4.0 feature we'd like to talk about: the upgrade system.

In 4.0, when a new version is released, you'll see a message like this pop up in the Admin CP:


Clicking the "Download" button will allow you download, right from the Admin CP, a zip file with the new version. This zip file will contain just the changed the files from the version you're using (in technical terms, this is called a delta update) to save time and bandwidth when uploading the new version to your server. The system automatically knows what apps you have installed (so you don't have to download a separate zip for each application) and even knows if you've renamed your AdminCP directory and accommodates for that.

Here's a video of the process in action:

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Great idea. Is there any reason why this couldn't be taken one step further and auto upload & overwrite the files to your server like in Wordpress? This could then potentially be applied over to the theme & plugin system.

Yes we plan on adding this in a future version. That is a bit more of an involved undertaking though so we didn't want to risk it at this stage.

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Delta updates? Why not Gamma or Epsilon? Does a list exist with usual technical terms of software releases? If so, can someone point me to it? This is the first time I hear about a delta update... :)

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