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Conversion to phpBB3 (3.0.8)

by kweitzel » Sun Mar 06, 2011 9:37 pm

Hi,

we run a fairly large SMF1 forum and try to convert to phpBB3 (3.0.8). The conversion seems to go fine, no error reported but quite a lot of posts are missing.

SMF = 134165 posts
phpBB = 12958 posts (after conversion)

I did change the batch_size to 1000 before, because with it set to 2000 I just had about 29000 posts converted. Setting it to 6000 it manages just 4096 posts.

Currently I am trying it with the batch size reduced to 100 ... and it converts 16556 posts ... I honestly don't now any-more what to tweak ;-)

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Re: Conversion to phpBB3 (3.0.8)

by kweitzel » Mon Mar 07, 2011 2:56 pm

Sorry, if this is considered a "double post", I checked again, it might me related to the topics. I did some more conversions since yesterday and found that already the "topics" table is short, but still after having it done a couple of times, there is no reason I can see when and where it fails (again different positions during the conversion) ...
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Re: Conversion to phpBB3 (3.0.8)

by D¡cky » Mon Mar 07, 2011 3:21 pm

You may be experiencing server timeouts. See http://www.phpbb.com/customise/db/conve ... /faq/f_558 for a possible solution.
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Re: Conversion to phpBB3 (3.0.8)

by kweitzel » Wed Mar 09, 2011 8:43 pm

Hi Mate and thanks for taking your time to answer. I did try this online, on the Server with the SMF Forum offline and on a Apache Friends Installation on an offline machin, no luck. Still the conversion of the posts stopps after a seemingly random number of posts.

We did verify that the local override was working, just to avoid confusion on this side. Do you have any other ideas by chance?

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Re: Conversion to phpBB3 (3.0.8)

by D¡cky » Fri Mar 11, 2011 4:12 am

Stopping randomly indicates not enough server resources. If there was a problem with a bad post, the convertor would be stopping in the same area every time. I don't have any other ideas than increasing the server resources. An offline conversion is usually the best choice. I don't have any experience with XAMPP, but I don't see why it shouldn't work for you.
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Re: Conversion to phpBB3 (3.0.8)

by loki666 » Mon Mar 14, 2011 11:02 pm

Hello,

I have pretty large board that I failed to convert. it was originally phpbb 5 years ago and I remember the convert to smf was easy at the time but now it just stop and produces a 500 error with no messages.

Looking at the database I see that some topics are copied so I refresh and try again to convert ... after a few push it seems that the topics disappear and conversion start again ...

I dont have issues with my server and increase the php values as suggested so I doubty that trying to convert on my local PC would be different ... You guys should open a convert shop ....
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Re: Conversion to phpBB3 (3.0.8)

by D¡cky » Tue Mar 15, 2011 5:21 am

Instead of refreshing, start the conversion over by going to install/index.php and click the convert tab. You should get a button to "Continue Previously Started Conversion." Clicking the button will continue the conversion from where it stopped.

Doing the conversion locally will usually work better that doing it on your server. Your host may not allow you to override the php.ini settings and if you are on shared hosting, other websites on your server will be using your resources. Doing it locally, you don't have to be concerned with others using your resources and you can increase your limits as necessasry.
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