As with previous releaases three different packages are available:
- Full Package
Contains entire phpBB2 source and English language package
- Changed Files Only
Contains only those files changed from previous versions of phpBB. Please note this archive contains changed files for each previous release
- Patch Files
Contains patch compatible patches from the previous versions of phpBB.
Please ensure you read the INSTALL and README documents in docs/ before proceeding with installation or updates!.
Note to 2.0.3 users intending to use the patch file version
Users of 2.0.3 intending to use the patch version may (but not necessarily will) need to run fix_files.sh (found in the contrib/ directory with the downloaded archive) before patching.
We recommend that all 2.0.3 users do a "dry run" patch first to see whether this you need to use this fix. To do this append --dry-run to the patch command, e.g. patch -cl -p1 --dry-run < phpBB-2.0.3_to_2.0.5.patch. This will prevent any permanent changes being made to your installation. If you experience numerous (literally dozens and dozens) of hunk failed messages this applies to you.
To correct this problem go to your phpBB root directory, copy the fix_files.sh to this location, chmod u+x fix_files.sh and type ./fix_files.sh *. This will strip windows style carriage returns present in the 2.0.3 source. Please note that binary files will be "fixed" too if they are within directories other than those named files or images. Please move such directories out of the phpBB root path (temporarily) before running this fix.
What has changed in this release?
A comprehensive changelog is included with all archives. This edition includes a significant number of fixes for bugs and a minor cross-site scripting issue.
The user facing session_id verification has been removed from this version. This should reduce issues with general users browsing via ISPs which frequently hop between proxies while retaining improved security where it really matters. (moderator and admin controls).
Admins who use non-latin based character set languages should see yet more improvement in compatability when searching. Additionally changes in the email system should reduce compatibility issues with problematical mail transfer agents. Other changes should reduce the likelihood of phpBB orginated "mass messages" being classed as "spam" by some filters.
While not supported as such the Visual Confirmation system produced for phpBB 2.2 has been backported and made available for 2.0.5. You will find it in the contrib/ directory. Installing this (ensure you read the README.html!) should eliminate any problems with "mass registration" attempts.
The file based caching system has also been updated. Should you install this (again not strictly supported) you may see an improvement in page generation times compared to the previous version. Users who have never used the static file caching alternative should see a quite noticeable decrease in page rendering times (and perhaps a slight reduction in load).