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Capistrano 3.7.0 upgrade guide

The :scm variable is deprecated

Up until now, Capistrano's SCM was configured using the :scm variable:

# This is now deprecated
set :scm, :svn

To avoid deprecation warnings:

  1. Remove set :scm, ... from your Capistrano configuration.
  2. Add one of the following SCM declarations to your Capfile after require "capistrano/deploy":
# To use Git
require "capistrano/scm/git"
install_plugin Capistrano::SCM::Git

# To use Mercurial
require "capistrano/scm/hg"
install_plugin Capistrano::SCM::Hg

# To use Subversion
require "capistrano/scm/svn"
install_plugin Capistrano::SCM::Svn

This is the last release where Git is the automatic default

If you do not specify an SCM, Capistrano assumes Git. However this behavior is now deprecated. Add this to your Capfile to avoid deprecation warnings:

require "capistrano/scm/git"
install_plugin Capistrano::SCM::Git

:git_strategy, :hg_strategy, and :svn_strategy are removed

Capistrano 3.7.0 has a rewritten SCM system that relies on "plugins". This system is more flexible than the old "strategy" system that only allowed certain parts of SCM tasks to be customized.

If your deployment relies on a custom SCM strategy, you will need to rewrite that strategy to be a full-fledged SCM plugin instead. There is a fairly straightforward migration path: write your plugin to be a subclass of the built-in SCM that you want to customize. For example:

require "capistrano/scm/git"

class MyCustomGit < Capistrano::SCM::Git
  # Override the methods you wish to customize, e.g.:
  def clone_repo
    # ...

Then use your plugin in by loading it in the Capfile:

require_relative "path/to/my_custom_git.rb"
install_plugin MyCustomGit

Existing third-party SCMs are deprecated

If you are using a third-party SCM, you can continue using it without changes, but you will see deprecation warnings. Contact the maintainer of the third-party SCM gem and ask them about modifying the gem to work with the new Capistrano 3.7.0 SCM plugin system.

remote_file is removed

The remote_file method is no longer in Capistrano 3.7.0. You can read the discussion that led to its removal here: issue 762.

There is no direct replacement. To migrate to 3.7.0, you will need to rewrite any parts of your deployment that use remote_file to use a different mechanism for uploading files. Consider using the upload! method directly in a procedural fashion instead.