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"If only they would make it correctly the first time..."

Hopefully the transition will go smoothly. But PHP and phpBB and SQL can be quirky things. There is a good possibility that the existing forum conversations, threads, photos, etc., will be lost if the upgrade transition does not work. If that happens I will create a new forum from near-scratch but it will take a few days so keep checking back.

Some have commented that moving from phpBB 3.0 to 3.2.x should not be a big deal, not a big change. Not really that simple as it also involves slightly different PHP and SQL arrangements. As noted on the phpBB transition page:

Upgrading from 3.0 to 3.2

Upgrading to phpBB 3.2 will render previously installed MODifications and styles unusable.

phpBB 3.2 is not compatible with 3.0 and most of the previous files will need to be removed prior to upgrading.

Remove all MOD-related changes from the database. The Support Toolkit's Database Cleaner can be used for this. (The Toolkit did not work and was discontiuned a couple of years ago.)

Update of Thursday, May 9, 2019, 12:30pm (EDT).
The process has begun...

Tue May 07, 2019 10:30 am
Due to a few interruptions I was unable to attempt upgrading the software over the weekend and the past couple of days. Current target date is to shut down the forums on Thursday morning, May 9, 2019, placing the forums in maintenance mode, and then start down the long path of performing various back-ups, upgrading the current forum's software (phpBB) and the hosting provider's supporting scripting software (PHP 7.x from 5.x), which is the main driver here. And then to try "activating" the forums. This may take a couple of days.

If everything goes well then we won't lose the existing threads. If there are bumps that can't be fixed a similar looking forum will replace this current version, but will lose all the treads, photos, etc.

Back up special threads of interest (print to PDF or image files, copy and paste to a word processor, etc.)!

Sun Apr 21, 2019 4:43 pm
No real change in software yet... those changes are yet to come. Thank you for confirming all is still working status quo. Work plan would be to implement changes sometime between April 30 and May 12, 2019, if nothing else pops up ;) Thinks always seem to pop up! If you have a favorite thread save it, print it to PDF, copy and paste it into a word processing file, etc.

Sat Apr 20, 2019 1:09 pm
Update: I am opting into Extended Support for one month. Real-life collides with hobby... I have not been able to work on the issues at hand.

Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:31 am
I have made several attempts of saving "easy to read" searchable back-ups of this forum. Along the way (yesterday) there was a hiccup when going into the phpMyAdmin that runs the SQL database (I think that is stated correctly). I was able to make a few changes this morning and the forum is up and running again, for now. The previously stated above changes are around the corner.

Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:17 pm
If I can't save the content in the forum we are using right now during the upgrade process then I will create a new implementation which will require new user names, new passwords, etc., and tons of content.

Alternatively, the hosting service provider will leave us alone and support the existing PHP program for $9 a month. which is more than I can afford on top of this domain and domain name service fee. Eventually, however, it would go away...

Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:07 pm The hosting service provider recently informed me that the current version scripting software, PHP 5.x is being discontinued and that the website (in this case the paipo forums) must updated to PHP v7.x (so it will move to v7.2). The current version of the paipo forums software, phpBB 3.0.14 will not run on PHP v7.x, meaning that this forum will likely disappear unless I can somehow migrate it to the current version of phpBB 3.2.5. That is a possibility but appears to be a real crap shoot--I can't do any other interim updates as there is a bug that nobody has been able to trace.

So... any threads or information of special interest to you should be archived by you on your home devices. Sorry about this situation. I am about ready to throw in the towel as it is with regards to this whole transition as what they call "real life colliding" with an arbitrary deadline of 3 weeks to make the transition.

Make your back-ups ASAP (as soon as possible, maybe sooner!). This entire forum and all its postings may become toast on Wednesday morning, April 17, 2019 USA Eastern Time.

Feel free to send me suggestions, comments and additional information to: The Paipo Interviews.

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