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  • vBulletin 4.x Upgrade Instructions

    From time to time it will be necessary to upgrade your vBulletin installation to the latest version, either to gain new features or to fix newly discovered bugs in PHP, MySQL or vBulletin itself.


    You can upgrade to the latest version of vBulletin from the following vBulletin versions:
    • Any version of vBulletin 3.7 or 3.8 to the current version.
    • Any previous version of vBulletin 3, from version 3.0.0 Beta 3 to version 3.8.4
    • Any version of vBulletin 2 from version 2.2.9 and newer. If your vBulletin version is older than 2.2.9, you will need to upgrade to at least vBulletin 2.2.9 before you can upgrade to vBulletin 3.

    Note that due to the number of changes being made to the database and back end functionality of version 4, we recommend that anyone running a version prior to 3.7 upgrades to version 3.8.4 first before moving to version 4.
    The upgrade process differs depending upon the version of vBulletin currently installed on your web server. Sites running vBulletin 2 will need to follow slightly different instructions from sites already running vBulletin 3 and upgrading to the latest version. For instructions on upgrading from version 2.x or 3.x to another version of vBulletin 3, please see this section of the vBulletin Online Manual.



    • Trevor Hannant
      #73
      Trevor Hannant commented
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      Most, if not pretty well all (sensible) FTP software will overwrite only what's being uploaded. Anything that's not being overwritten will remain. Certainly every software I've used does this. For example, if on my server I have FolderA with contents:

      - filea.php (dated 1/1/2012)
      - fileb.php (dated 1/1/2012)
      - filec.php (dated 1/1/2012)

      ...and I upload a new copy of FolderA that only has:

      - filea.php (dated 2/2/2012)
      - fileb.php (dated 2/2/2012)

      The resulting FolderA on my server will contain:

      - filea.php (dated 2/2/2012)
      - fileb.php (dated 2/2/2012)
      - filec.php (dated 1/1/2012)

      That's how FTP software SHOULD be dealign with uploading - only overwriting the files that it's uploading leaving the others intact. I'd go through your software's settings and make sure there's not some bizarre option in there somewhere...

    • eggman
      #74
      eggman commented
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      Hi Trevor and Zachary. Thank you... I have been traveling but will give a try later. Indeed, I think I have always had my client (FETCH) configured to overwrite and will check the settings. I just want to not screw up my upgrade effort. It has never been a problem - Alternatively if I drop the contents of the folder (not the root folder itself) it will only overwrite files with the same name and leaves others intact as you describe.

    • ddrum
      #75
      ddrum commented
      Editing a comment
      Can someone please make a step by step video tutorial of how to do that upgrade? Please! I beg of you. I learn better with video and that would really help from someone who knows how to do this!

      Thank you so much - Jasper - where are you?

      Deborah
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