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Archive or save Topics

Post by Cliff Evans » Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:55 am

Is it possible to Archive or print complete topics to say a pdf to reduce the size of the forum If not, this would be a godsend to many of us that have popular forums but little space. If we could save the complete topic to pdf format these could be made available to anybody that wanted them.
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Re: Archive or save threads

Post by canonknipser » Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:14 am

I suspect that pdf (or even plain html) excerpts of phpBB-board-topic consume more physical space than the original database entries for the post and topic information. And, as a disadvantage, you will create static content and disable anybody from replying to topic, correcting false or old informations, sharing ideas.
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Re: Archive or save threads

Post by Mick » Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:21 am

There are no 'threads' within phpBB, they are topics. Are you talking about topics or posts? I'm with Frank though, the PDF will probably be larger than the topic/post you're trying to archive.
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Post by KevC » Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:25 am

One option might be to make a duplicate installation on e.g. /archive and set all the permissions to read only.

Then in the real working site you can delete all the topics older than, say, 2 years and have the duplicate as the searchable archive of those topics. Just add a link forum or a header link to it to make it easy to get to.
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Post by stevemaury » Tue Nov 21, 2017 3:02 pm

What is the size of your database?
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Re: Archive or save threads

Post by david63 » Tue Nov 21, 2017 3:45 pm

KevC wrote:
Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:25 am
One option might be to make a duplicate installation on e.g. /archive and set all the permissions to read only.

Then in the real working site you can delete all the topics older than, say, 2 years and have the duplicate as the searchable archive of those topics. Just add a link forum or a header link to it to make it easy to get to.
That would not be an easy option to maintain though if next year some more were required to be archived.

The better solution would be to upgrade your hosting (or change hosts) so that you have more resources.
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Re: Archive or save threads

Post by KevC » Tue Nov 21, 2017 4:01 pm

Without more info, I guess it depends how big the board is and how many years of posts need archiving and how often. But it's a fair point.
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Re: Archive or save Topics

Post by Cliff Evans » Tue Nov 21, 2017 4:54 pm

The forum and datbase take up about 10gb of space.

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Post by KevC » Tue Nov 21, 2017 4:59 pm

I'm guessing that's in the region of 4-5m posts and maybe 200,000 topics.
That's a heck of a lot of PDFs! And they would take up more than 10Gb.
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