Best way to merge Db and phpbb?

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Best way to merge Db and phpbb?

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I have an older version of phpbb, and quite a few mods. I will be installing the new version of phpbb locally with virtual server to get it all up and running before live migration. Here is the problem I am facing. Some of the mods have been updated, so I will simply be installing the newest version to my local machine. Some mods I am getting rid of. So basically how do I make sure that the use of the older database works with the new phpbb software and mods? Hope that makes sense. Thanks.
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When you browse to /install/database_update.php it will upgrade your database to whatever version the files are. If your mods have any database updates, you would have to do those updates.
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Brf wrote:When you browse to /install/database_update.php it will upgrade your database to whatever version the files are. If your mods have any database updates, you would have to do those updates.
Ok. Thanks. Now I may be going backwards on one mod. I installed a mod that was never blessed by the good people here, and I have found some bugs in it. Mod has not been updated, so I would like to reinstall the mod, but with the stable, "blessed" version. I'm sure additional fields were added to the db for the "unblessed" newer version of the mod. How should I go about handling this, especially since I want to use the info in the existing DB? Thanks.
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You would have to ask in the support area for whatever mod that might be.
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Brf wrote:You would have to ask in the support area for whatever mod that might be.

Ok, thanks. Oh, one other question. I currently have the table version theme for phpbb. Should I go with the other non table theme version, or is the table version themes going to be around for a while... i always thought that the table type themes seem more professional for some reason.
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By "table version" I assume you mean subsilver2. There are currently no plans to not support it in future versions, but in any event, changing a style is pretty easy, depending on how much you have modified it.
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stevemaury wrote:By "table version" I assume you mean subsilver2. There are currently no plans to not support it in future versions, but in any event, changing a style is pretty easy, depending on how much you have modified it.
I've heard that for a while now. So what about all the previous owners of subsilver, themes, mods, etc.? One day they magically go poof? Thanks. Torn between using prosilver or subsilver. Subsilver seems to have better graphics...
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Also, when I indicated I would be installing a "fresh" version, I basically meant installing a virgin/vanilla copy onto a virtual server, installing all the mods I currently have, changing the theme, getting it up and running, and then merging it over to my live server. If I go this route, does anyone see any issues with the database? Will it automatically update? Is there a way to merge databases, and have the database (current) with all my data merge over to the vanilla database, while at the same time deleting columns/fields in the old database that are NOT included in the new database, while adding columns in the NEW database to the old one? Hope that makes sense. Thanks.

Or should I shut the site down, and manually merge the old database to the new one? Was hoping for an automated program that may do this. Thoughts? Thanks!
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Re: Best way to merge Db and phpbb?

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The database IS your board. You would use one database or the other. There wouldn't be a way to merge databases.
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