Update to phpBB3 to merge two forums afterwards...

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Update to phpBB3 to merge two forums afterwards...

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Hi all,

Being a long time lurker here I know that is does not make much sense yet to ask questions about upgrade procedures. However, I have a more general question about something we plan to do when Olympus is out.

Current situation is that we have two separate phpBB2 boards running, each using their own databases. We have a certain amount of users which are using both forums with different accounts for each forum but with the same user name.

When Olmypus is released our plan is to update each forum to phpBB3, so far this won´t be a problem I hope. But the difficulty I see is, that we want to merge both forums afterswards into one, we would like to consolidate both forums to one for easier management in the long run.

Now I am not looking for a concrete step-by-step method but for some general tips, maybe some of you already merged forums before? How would you handle user accounts of both forums when they have the same user name?

Thank you & best regards,
Christian
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Re: Update to phpBB3 to merge two forums afterwards...

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After the release, there isn't directly a merge-script available, so I think phpBB3 merge isn't an option.
There is a phpBB2 merge script written by BartvB that works fine here, you should try that one and when it succeed, upgrade to phpBB3.

The phpBB2 merge script has no information and is a bit risky, it's a while ago that I merged 3 forums so I need to check the username thing.

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Re: Update to phpBB3 to merge two forums afterwards...

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Hi!

Thanks, yes - sounds more feasible maybe to merge the version 2 forums and then applying the update to version 3.

My main fear is that there could be a collision with equally named users and that their post made in both forums before are maybe no longer associated with their accounts after the merge.

Thanks for the hints with the merge-script! I will have a look at it.
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Re: Update to phpBB3 to merge two forums afterwards...

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Usernames with the exactly password and emailadresses will be merged.

Take a look here;
:arrow: http://www.typo.nl/misc/merge_phpbb.phps" target="_blank
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Re: Update to phpBB3 to merge two forums afterwards...

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Excellent!

Thanks again for your help!

Cheers,
Christian
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Re: Update to phpBB3 to merge two forums afterwards...

Post by EXreaction »

Make sure you setup a local board and try it there first.

Copy everything from both seperate boards and install them as-is on a local one.
Then try the merge(on the local server).
Then Update.

That way, if it fails, you don't have a huge mess to clean up. ;)

If you don't have a local server to test it on, you can use Wamp Server if you have Windows.
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Re: Update to phpBB3 to merge two forums afterwards...

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Hello again,

Sure, we will test drive on a local server using backups of the live forums.

Thanks for your help!
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Re: Update to phpBB3 to merge two forums afterwards...

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I've already started migrating my board as well.

I should be finished with the script for the users by the beginning of the week.
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Re: Update to phpBB3 to merge two forums afterwards...

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Do you mean an upgrade script from 2 to 3 or do you mean a new merge script?
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Re: Update to phpBB3 to merge two forums afterwards...

Post by Highway of Life »

A phpBB 2 merge script exists. (merging two phpBB2 forums together), but I'm talking about an upgrade script.
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