I tried to update from 3.2.5 to 3.2.7 last night.
I first did a MySQLdump of the database and then (with hindsight - stupidly) did a backup in the admin panel, rather than tar up the file structure.
As there are a few mods I had to to to get the FLATBOOTS style to work, I did the "automatic" update. It does after all say on the download page: -
I got stuck in a never-ending loop of "The following files are not modified and represent the original phpBB files from the version you want to update from.".This update package supplies the automatic updater, which is capable of updating modified installations. This is the package that most users should download to update their forums. If you have made no changes, you can use the 'Changed Files' package instead.
I had to give up in the end. Fortunately, I had renamed the vendor directory before the update. So I was able to at least restore the vendor directory to its previous state. I renamed the 3.2.7 install directory so that the forum would go out of maintenance mode and hoped for the best.
So I now have several files updated (all bar a few in fact), but not the database.
I tried to restore the backup I made in the admin panel, but it says it's in the wrong format (I guess due to the partial update).
It looks to work - mostly. I can post, read posts etc. Avatars don't display though, although personal ones people have uploaded do thankfully. I'm not sure yet what else is screwed. I've set the default style to proSilver, just in case the FLATBOOTS one now has issues.
How do I recover? How do I get those last bloody files to update - or at least get it back to how it was? Why is this always so painful if there are mods that have been made.
The forum is http://thepompeychimes.net/forum