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Old 01-02-2008, 10:34 PM
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Just a quick question really...

I'm holding off on upgrading my forums until 3.7 goes gold and I planned on running my 3.6.8 install through impex first to clear out all the legacy /abandon mods I've added over the years. This will obviously strip out my GARS installation.

Is there away that I can save that particular part of the database so once I've ran the 3.6.8 DB through impex, upgraded to 3.7, reinstall original GARS install so I don't lose any articles/reviews/links, then upgrade to 2.1.8m

Does this make sense? Is this possible? Thanks in advance if you're able to decipher my crazy plan and offer assistance!
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Old 01-02-2008, 10:38 PM
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Just a quick question really...

I'm holding off on upgrading my forums until 3.7 goes gold and I planned on running my 3.6.8 install through impex first to clear out all the legacy/abandon mods I've added over the years. This will obviously strip out my GARS installation.
This will also kill all the old Threadid,Postid & Userids, and make new ones, be aware of it.
You can also have a "nice, clear" installation if you make a 3.7 directory, copy all the vb3.7 files into it, turn the pluginsystem in the config.php off and delete all the add-ons.
Then copy the config.php from the 3.6 into the 3.7 directory. Now you have a "nude" vbulletin installation with your "right/old" user,thread & postid's
OK maybe there will be some tables more but you keep all your relations.
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Old 01-02-2008, 10:45 PM
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That is what I did for the 3 to 3.5 major upgrade but, here's the crux of the matter.

Initially I ran IPB, my database is a 4 year old vB database running off an impex IPB-to-vB install. In those 4 years, I've installed loads of mods/skins (both in IPB and in vB) and since vB3.7 is a major upgrade, I thought now might be the best time to 'trim the dead weight' as it were.

But, I didn't realise that it changed ids, I thought it just 'sucked' them across and stripped out any non-vB original schema... I may have to rethink this then... :conundrum:
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Old 01-03-2008, 01:56 PM
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Using Impex only to upgrade vbulletin is a non-sense thing. You will corrupt all your internal links, you will lost search engine ranks and you will have a lot of problems with GARS.

I'll try to explain...

The main problem is that every time you deleted a post, a thread, a user or a forum you generated a hole in the index-id column in the mysql tables. Impex will insert your old data rows in a new table with an unpredictable offset.

So the best thing is to follow ragtek's advice.
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Old 01-03-2008, 02:10 PM
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one more, very important thing:
MAKE ALWAYS DB BACKUPS before you make something like this?!!!
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Old 01-03-2008, 02:31 PM
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backups are for scaredy cats!

Thanks guys... with the knowledge that new ids are generated, I think I will indeed do what was suggested and just start with fresh core, but with a little 'dirty' database.

Thanks all.
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Old 01-03-2008, 02:44 PM
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you can invest some time and "clear" your db after your upgrade^^
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