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Old 08-23-2006, 07:59 PM
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Default GARS 2.0 RC4 Release Discussion

HowdA All,

GARS 2.0 RC4 has been upload to the download areas for valid license holders. Please note this post contains important installation and upgrade information. Since this is a pre-release, there isn't a readme and you should only use on a test board.

I'm pretty sure this puppy is only needing phrases now. I have squashed all open bugs in the tracker and added a couple new features. The most important is the new package importer/exporter.
The package importer/exporter allows you to export a GARS configuration for someone else to import.
All users can import, but only users of vb3.6 can export right now.

Please note about importing:
  • The importer does a pretty good job trying to figure out what is and what isn't installed already so you don't end up with a butt load of duplicated stuff.
  • The importer gives pretty detailed information about what was done including direct links to new/existing items of importance. This allows you to quickly jump to a configuration page without losing your place
  • The importer does have some limitations:
    • It can not configure module settings. Therefore you usually need to edit your modules set (if it made one) and edit the modules settings - making sure you resave if it looks cool.
    • It can not upload header images. Therefore if the package creates a new type, you most likely will want to edit it and upload a header image.
There is also now an option to hide the header image upload/gallery box. Saying that, you will need to tweak your template accordingly.

I have uploaded 2 packages to get you started:To upgrade from RC3x, download the latest package and upload ALL files from the new RC4 package overwriting all old files (you do not actually have to upload the geek/gars/images folder or the geek/gars/cache folder).
Re-import the new product.xml file (overwriting existing installation).
Revert templates.

Please leave this thread open for the discussion of this release. All bugs should be posted in the bug tracker and all troubleshooting done in the troubleshooting forum.


Updated package to RC4b to adress several issues with RC4 primarily centered around ratings. In fact, I have had to rewrite much of the ratings code base (needed it anyway).
I have also fixed a bug with the importer bringing in templates with php4.0
I fixed the mysterious invisible type that appeared out of nowhere.
I added support for quick replies using ajax. Now your ratings/templates appear as normal.
To update, you will need to upload the latest files (i.e. the package) over your previous ones.
You will also need to Re-import your product xml as there are some plug in changes.


Updated package to RC4c to address issues with RC4b. Mainly centred around inability to save custom fields, etc...
Have further tweaked ratings a bit. There are so many differing configurations availible that its a real paid to test around all types.
I also enabled Ajax rating on vb3.6 (doesnt work on 3.5x). This caused a LOT of headaches. Had it working sweet until I cranked open IE6 and all hell broke loose. I had to retweak so ie would play nice. Sad thing is that I lost some of the functionality (your new values wont load back into selection box once you submit). Im sure Ill find a way around this soon.

A lot of files have changes. To upgrade, re-upload all the new files (you can skip the ones in the images and cache folder). Also reimport the product xml and revert your templates.
If you have custom fields, currently the phrases for them get dumped when importing so you need to edit each one and press save. Also, if you have any packages imported, you will need to do them again to get the templates.


Have just released RC4d to address some issues trying to maintain this for both 3.5 and 3.6 branches of vBulletin. Primarily with missing subject/title fields.
I have also done some cleaning up, including improved RTL support in forumdisplay.

I would recommend everyone upgrade. Follow the standard upgrade proceedures of overwriting all your files and re-importing the product.xml.
Please note that reimporting the product.xml wipes out your custom field phrases. For right now, all you need to do is edit each field and click save. That will rebuild its phrase.
Also note that it wipes out your package import templates. I have updated each of the packages (links and release) with new files AND a pacakge called templates only which is perfect for upgrading GARS or the package as it only installs the templates.


Seems that I uploaded an old version of geek/gars/mods/display/custom_fields.php into the upload package. It contained a bug that prevented text and large text custom fields from displaying right. If you are using text or large text custom fields, I would suggest downloading the package again and replacing your existing geek/gars/mods/display/custom_fields.php fiel with the new one.

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