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Force Litespeed To Download A New Version And Then Upgrade Litespeed Via The LSWS Admin Interface

There are a couple projects I work on that use LiteSpeed WebServer as the web server. LiteSpeed or LSWS comes out with releases on a fairly regular basis so it is important to upgrade often. This process is usually really easy as the server will send an email to the web server administrator email address notifying them of any new upgrades. Upon receiving the email you simply login to the LiteSpeed web administration interface, click on Version Manager, and then click the Upgrade link located to the right of the latest release that has typically already been automatically downloaded. A couple times I have run into an issue where some servers have downloaded the upgrade and others have not so I typically wait for all servers to download the upgrade before upgrading any of the servers. Tonight I decided to figure out how to jump start this automatic download process or force the download of new LiteSpeed versions so I wouldn’t have to wait for all of the servers to automatically download the latest version. Below I describe what the admin interface might look like while you are waiting for an upgrade to automatically download, how to force download the new LiteSpeed upgrade, and how to make sure that your server is configured to automatically download the latest software from LiteSpeed Technologies.

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Upgrade LiteSpeed Web Server to 4.0.1 from 3.3.24 on Linux

Upgrading LiteSpeed web server from 3.x.x to 4.x.x is easy even though you cannot do so through the web admin console. You are probably used to being able to click the upgrade link in the web admin console and have LiteSpeed do all of the work including having already downloaded the newer release. When upgrading between major versions though you are going to have to put in a little bit more work. Follow the directions below which outline step by step what needs to be done to upgrade LiteSpeed web server from 3.x to 4.x. Below the installation instructions is a more descriptive output of what you will see during the upgrade.

  1. Download New LiteSpeed Version: Logon to your Linux server and change the directory to /usr/local/src to download the 4.x version of LiteSpeed as described below.
    bash

    1. cd /usr/local/src
    2. wget http://www.litespeedtech.com/packages/4.0/lsws-4.0.1-std-i386-linux.tar.gz