Firmware 6.10.5 – How to upgrade

tl;dr;
Upgrading to firmware 6.10.5 doesn’t break any apps I’m aware of. However, some manual steps may be necessary. Also users of the additional kernel modules need to upgrade those since there’s a new kernel included in 6.10.5.

Details

With firmware 6.10.5 there have been no changes to the packages included except for the Linux kernel. The kernel is now at version 4.4.218, up from 4.4.196, which requires new kernel modules for additional hardware in case you’re using any.

Before upgrading to 6.10.5 make sure that you have SSH access to your ReadyNAS enabled and test it is working by logging in to your ReadyNAS via SSH with the username “root” and the password of the web UI.

Then proceed with the upgrade to firmware 6.10.5 as you normally would by

  • downloading the update through the web UI of your ReadyNAS, then
  • reboot the system

One problem with the update is that some packages that got replaced with newer versions by some add-ons will be returned to their older state. This may be require some manual steps:

  • log in via SSH as user “root”
  • run the command apt update
  • run apt full-upgrade/li>

This should update all packages to the latest versions again.

There is one problem you may hit during the upgrade process. For reasons unknown NETGEAR decided to remove the start-up scripts for the NFS server from the ReadyNAS. This will make the upgrade process fail but can be easily fixed. Should you encounter an error with the package nfs-kernel-server just run the command touch /etc/init.d/nfs-kernel-server and re-run the apt full-upgrade step.

In case you encounter other problems let me know by email to info@rnxtras.com.

Gitea 1.13.1 (ReadyNAS OS 6 x86 / ARM)

Gitea 1.13.1 has been released so I updated the apps/add-ons for ReadyNAS OS 6 (x86 & ARM):

Gitea 1.12.5 (ReadyNAS OS 6 x86 / ARM)

Gitea 1.12.5 has been released so I updated the apps/add-ons for ReadyNAS OS 6 (x86 & ARM):

NextCloud 20.0.1 (ReadyNAS OS 6 ARM & x86)

A lot of updates later … here’s Nextcloud 20. Since this version included a lot of changes and requires PHP 7.4 to run I had to create a new download item to prevent users from accidentally downloading this version without having PHP 7.4 installed. You can get the new app for your ReadyNAS with ReadyNAS OS 6 (x86 and ARM) here:

Note: This version will also update any existing PHP version on your ReadyNAS to PHP 7.4 and change the way PHP is loaded from the web server. In short: this may break other PHP apps running on your ReadyNAS.
All packages from Nextcloud 17 to 20 that may be needed to upgrade from Nextcloud 16 are also included in the download.

PHP 7.4.11 (RNOS 6 x86 & ARM) [firmware 6.10.0 or newer required]

PHP Web Programming Language (Logo)

After a long time and a lot of obstacles mastered it is finally done: PHP 7.4 for the ReadyNAS! So here’s PHP 7.4.11 for the ReadyNAS boxes running ReadyNAS OS 6.10.0 or newer on x86 or ARM CPUs:

Note: With PHP 7.4 there’s also a change of the integration into the web server of the ReadyNAS. Instead of using an Apache module that is loaded on every request this version now uses a stand-alone demon process (FPM). This should result in lower RAM consumption, better performance and better scalability. That said it may not work with older apps.

This release requires ReadyNAS OS 6.10.0 firmware or newer!