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I am working on a Django project with a MySQL backend. I'm curious about the best way to update a production server's database to reflect the changes made on the development server's database?

When I develop now, I make some changes to a file, then to a schemamigration using South. Sometimes I do several migrations across several apps within the main project folder before it's ready for the production database. This means that there are several migration files in the app/migrations/ folder created by South.

So on the production server, how does one update the database to reflect all the changes made in development, without having any data loss?

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You need to creation migrations. South is probably most people's go to app in the Django world

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I am using South, I mentioned it in my question. I'm not sure I understand what you're saying. – Garfonzo Nov 9 '12 at 6:34
once your migration files are in place just run ./ migrate you don't lose any data stored in the table. – Mike Nov 9 '12 at 14:56
Won't that be a problem if on the development server, I've run ./manage migrate several times due to multiple DB changes but, running ./ migrate on the production server only picks up the latest migration, not all the migrations that happened along the way? I guess I'm worried about missing migrations in between the first and last migration that I do on the dev server. – Garfonzo Nov 9 '12 at 15:25
as long as all your migration files are in place it should pick them all up. – Mike Nov 9 '12 at 15:31
oh... wow, ok, and for sure they all go to the production server. Great thanks. – Garfonzo Nov 9 '12 at 15:32

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