Sorry Jim but I have to disagree.JimA wrote: ↑Mon Sep 17, 2018 2:55 pmLike Marc said, we've actually changed this in 3.2.3, so the next version everybody will be told in the ACP that file replacement is the preferred way of updating so that will hopefully cause will problems amongst inexperienced users.
The problem I have with completely removing it is that there are many experienced users who rely on this option for updating their modified boards and we can still easily create the packages to make things a lot easier for them. I think our efforts should be focused on better informing users of which method is the best for them rather than removing features that are useful to others.
We can agree to disagree then, I suppose.david63 wrote: ↑Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:32 pmSorry Jim but I have to disagree.
As I said earlier the whole ethos since phpBB 3.1 has been that core files are not changed and changes are done either by the use of extensions and/or child styles. If there are "experienced" users who have made core changes then by definition they should be able to handle updates/upgrades.
In my opinion auto update should never have been included in 3.1, and less so in 3.2 and should be totally gone in 3.3
Name a few. When maintaining modified installations I never considered using phpBB's auto updater, but instead used comparison software on all files of an installation from the last and the current version - that's as robust as it can be and not bound to human mistakes. Just like David said: those being able to modify files correctly should also be able to recognize differences.
That's not very specific of course. And actually, I think nobody really knows.