Jitsi is a lovely piece of software for video meetings. It has come a long way when it comes to setting up a reasonably uncomplicated environment that will let you hold meetings with just about anyone in the world, with participants using smartphones, tablets, and/or desktop computers.
Upgrading Jitsi isn’t, however, as straightforward as the initial setup (IMHO, of course). I’m guessing we’ll get there one day, but that is not where Jitsi is today; at least not if you want to keep customizations and other settings intact.
If you, like myself, use Linux for hosting your Jitsi, you may have access to a tool called diffmon. Its primary function is to detect changes in files and then report those changes to a given e-mail address. I’m sure it can be used for other things too, but that’s what I use diffmon for.
So, before attempting a Jitsi distribution upgrade, create copies of these directories:
/usr/share/jitsi-meet /usr/share/jitsi-meet-prosody /usr/share/jitsi-meet-web-config /etc/prosody /etc/jitsi/jicofo /etc/jitsi/meet /etc/jitsi/videobridge
With something like:
cp -p -r /usr/share/jitsi-meet /usr/share/bak.jitsi-meet
(repeat for the other directories)
Install diffmon if it isn’t already installed. For Ubuntu, this would typically be:
apt-get install diffmon
If you aren’t already using diffmon, there will be a sample configuration file in
diffmon.cf. To clear its default contents, do this:
NOTE: This will “create” an empty file! Do not do this if you’re already using diffmon 😎, in which case you simply need to append the following lines, using your favorite text editor (i.e. Emacs 😃). If you’re not already using diffmon, insert the below into the (now) empty file
/usr/share/jitsi-meet : -u : firstname.lastname@example.org /usr/share/jitsi-meet/static : -u : email@example.com /usr/share/jitsi-meet-prosody : -u : firstname.lastname@example.org /usr/share/jitsi-meet-web-config : -u : email@example.com /etc/prosody : -u : firstname.lastname@example.org /etc/jitsi/jicofo : -u : email@example.com /etc/jitsi/meet : -u : firstname.lastname@example.org /etc/jitsi/videobridge : -u : email@example.com
You should then invoke diffmon manually:
diffmon -c /etc/diffmon/diffmon.cf
It will run for a while and then proceed to generate e-mail messages to the address you specified above.
Since this is pre-upgrade, you can safely ignore those e-mail messages.
Now run the Jitsi upgrade and then repeat the same diffmon run again. This time, you should get e-mail messages if any of the monitored files have been changed. You’ll probably find that Jitsi changed a few settings, and possibly added some files.
Review the changes, make adjustments accordingly, and re-start Jitsi.
diffmon is a good, and very basic, file change notification tool that can be used to monitor things like changes to
.ssh directories for root or other users, changes in
/etc, web server configurations, and so on.