This document explains some of the issues that can be encountered whilst upgrading Oscar.


Oscar uses South to provide migrations for its apps. But since Oscar allows an app to be overridden and its models extended, handling migrations can be tricky when upgrading.

Suppose a new version of Oscar changes the models of the ‘shipping’ app and includes the corresponding migrations. There are two scenarios to be aware of:

Migrating uncustomised apps

Apps that you aren’t customising will upgrade trivially as your project will pick up the new migrations from Oscar directly.

For instance, if you have oscar.apps.core.shipping in your INSTALLED_APPS then you can simply run:

./manage.py migrate shipping

to migrate your shipping app.

Migrating customised apps (models unchanged)

If you have customised an app, but have not touched the models nor migrations, you’re best off copying the migrations from Oscar. This approach has the advantage of pulling in any data migrations. Find the updated(!) Oscar in your virtualenv or clone the Oscar repo at the correct version tag. Then find the migrations, copy them across, and migrate as usual. You will have to adapt paths, but something akin to this will work:

$ cdsitepackages oscar/apps/shipping/migrations
$ copy *.py <your_project>/myshop/shipping/migrations/

Migrating customised apps (models changed)

At this point, you have essentially forked away from Oscar’s migrations. Read the release notes carefully and see if it includes data migrations. If not, it’s as easy as:

./manage.py schemamigration shipping --auto

to create the appropriate migration.

But if there is data migrations, you will need to look into what they do, and likely will have to imitate what they’re doing. You can’t just copy across the entire data migration (because the South’s fake ORM snapshot will be wrong), but you can usually create a data migration like this:

./manage.py datamigration shipping descriptive_name

and then copy the code portion from Oscar’s migration into your newly created migration.

If there’s also schema migrations, then you need to also create a schema migration:

./manage.py schemamigration shipping --auto

The fun part is figuring out if you have to create the schema migration before or after the data migration.