OK so I meticulously followed the instructions located here https://www.phpbb.com/support/docs/en/3 ... /upgrade3/
with minor exception. When I ran my zip command on the CLI I inadvertently left out the -r flag so I dont have a complete backup.
Thankfully I can still use the db backup from previous and the old forum software download. But this is not a good solution!!!
After the files were placed I ran the phpbbcli.php command to upgrade the databse:
Database updater has completed!
Then I went to the sites main page and it is a blank... I have confirmed the presence of the config.php file and its contents are the same as backup version. Since I happen to have the backup of the main files just no recursive within the directories.
I can visit any PHP page whether or not it is actually contained in the BB system and it shows a blank page. I tried all the installer pages and they do the same thing. This is terrible, I feel like crying this is a decent sized site with hundreds of members.
I tried to download the entire package again following the directions for the removal of the folders and the config.php file then I reuploaded the folders and files but it does the same thing. (Thinking something got corrupted in transfer.)
I have checked all the permissions trying to make it ok again nothing found there either.