During the Developers Meeting on Aug 10 2011 (http://irclogs.duraspace.org/index.php?date=2011-08-10), the developers in attendance all agreed that it would be worthwhile to change the DSpace 'ant update' script to automatically replace existing configurations by default (overwrite=true mode).
Users will still have the option of specifying "overwrite=false" if they do not want their configs to be changed by default.
This means that when someone runs "ant update", the following will occur:
- All customized configs under [dspace]/config/ directory will be backed up to [file]-[date].old (Where [file] is the original file name, and [date] is the current date/time).
- New configs will be automatically installed, and the user will need to re-customize them as needed (by comparing to the older versions of the config files)
Again, this ability has always existed in DSpace. In DSpace 1.0 - 1.7, you had to manually enable it by setting "overwrite=true", e.g. "ant -Doverwrite=true update".
The change is that now it would happen automatically whenever you ran "ant update". Instead, you'd have to manualy DISABLE it by setting "overwrite=false", e.g. "ant -Doverwrite=false update".