DavidIQ wrote:So the "upload" directory is within the zip archive. When you read over the instructions really the only thing in them that resemble a Windows Desktop is the image otherwise I'm not seeing anything centric on a Windows Desktop at all. Or are you referring to some other instructions you found?
I did not mean to imply Windoze exclusively, because I guess the installation docs
are actually desktop-OS-agnostic. But they are written expecting something done on the local machine, then uploaded. The mere existence of an "upload" directory is confusing for those of us who do not "upload" anything. But not just that, how about this?
To install AutoMOD, you first need to copy its files to your phpBB3 directory...
Okay, that's where I put the automod-100.zip file. I guess that means unzip it there? So I should unzip the file: "unzip automod-100.zip". Done. Go to next step.
...Simply copy them to your forum's root directory (i.e. copy them to yourforum.com/phpBB3) overwriting folders when specified by the FTP client...
Whaaat? I just did that. That's what the last step said. Oh, the last step meant on MY DESKTOP computer (see what I mean?).
So, this whole section assumes I'm using an FTP client. Now I have, under the phpBB directory, a new "automod" directory, which contains a "docs" and an "upload" directory.
And if I'm following this correctly, I then need to MOVE all the CONTENTS of the useless "upload" directory (but not the directory itself) into the phpBB3 root directory, then delete the useless "upload" directory? Then I need to move the "docs" directory up one level to the phpBB3 root directory. What kind of sense does that make? Why not package it all at the phpBB3 root level, and just unzip it there? What's the purpose of an "upload" directory in the first place, if not to accommodate the Windoze/Filezilla users?
But all ranting aside, I just want to verify that I've reverse-engineered the docs correctly. I didn't really DO the stuff above, that was a simulation, illustrating my confusion. I'm smart enough to figure out Unix/Linux from the "man pages" but I'm not good with translating Windoze desktop instructions to Linux command-line. Here's how I see it, step by step:
- Get the automod-100.zip file (using wget).
- Unzip it into my server's phpBB3 directory.
- Move the contents of the useless "automod/upload" directory up two levels, to the phpBB3 root directory.
- Move the "automod/docs" directory up to the phpBB3 root directory.
- Remove the useless (now empty) "automod/upload" directory.
- Remove the useless (now empty) "automod" directory.
(From this point forward, the docs should be correct.)
And in spite of my frustration with the docs, I am
grateful for the help.