Problem upgrading from h2 version 2.1.214 to 2.2.220

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Fredrik Sjögren

Aug 2, 2023, 11:07:04 AM8/2/23
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When we have upgraded the h2 library we get following error trying to open the existing databases:

Unsupported database file version or invalid file header in file "/path/to/" [90048-220] 90048/90048

We use a file based database ("jdbc:h2:file:...")

Creating new databases works well.

Has something changed so the files are not compatible?
Any way to get around this in an easy way? The upgrade from version 1 was a hassle for us earlier and we really wish not to do that again.
Is there any way to get more information about why it gets this error?

Noel Grandin

Aug 2, 2023, 12:43:42 PM8/2/23
You are going to need to do a dump/restore for this upgrade.
Elsewhere on this group someone posted a link to a different tool that they wrote that helps with migration - that might be useful.

I just normally code up some batch/shell files and run the backup and restore tools.

Andreas Reichel

Aug 2, 2023, 7:22:40 PM8/2/23

You will need to Export to SQL Script and Create new DB from SQL Script.
I wrote an UI that can help you with that:

There is an online version for testing small databases:

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Thomas Hurley

Aug 3, 2023, 8:37:02 AM8/3/23
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Noel, Andreas 

I am Product Manager for 3 products all using H2 DB and backwards compatability for updates is really an essential feature for us.  All of our products are onpremise deployments with marquee names in regulated industries so this migration process your refer to is not ideal for us at all.  We allready ran through a migration process in a recent upgrade on one of our products and it took Fredrik and team some time to get that working efficientlly where it would not have an impact on key customers.  We update dependencies now with regularity to ensure maintenance and security is efficient to having to run this migration process for each product for each version upgrade is not what we want.  Is there a plan to make H2 DB updates backward compatible so we can just bump versions without migration scripts having to be implemented? 

Noel Grandin

Aug 3, 2023, 9:05:25 AM8/3/23
to, Thomas Hurley

On 8/3/2023 1:10 PM, Thomas Hurley wrote:
> I am Product Manager for 3 products all using H2 DB and backwards compatability for updates is really an essential

This is an open-source volunteer project, not a commercial offering, so no, we are not planning anything like that.

You are more than welcome to assign some of your engineers to help improve H2 on company time, however.
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