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  • Questions on upgrading to 5.4.0 from 5.3.4

    Hi, fellow VB users

    I'm a new VB admin, having just set up a community on AWS using the Bitnami LAMP stack. VB 5.3.4 PL1 is up and running happily, and I want to move to the 5.4.0 release. I've followed the instructions on the upgrade procedure, and am now at the point where I have to start replacing files, but as a seasoned Linux admin, still have a few questions....

    1. The instructions all show the use of an FTP tool after preparing the upgrade files on a local PC. I've prepared the upgrade files on the actual AWS host server, in a staging directory. Common sense would say that it's OK to just cp -r all the files from staging to the relevant area on the Apache server - in this case the root, as we don't need another directory like Forums. This seems like the simplest way, unless I missed some reason to use FTP from another machine?

    2. The instructions say that I should switch off the VBulletin instance from AdminCP, but make make no mention of stopping the Bitnami services (MySQL, Apache and php-fpm) after that.
    Should they be off before the file changes or doesn't it matter?

    3. This is a reassurance thing....the Bitnami LAMP stack comes with a user named bitnami, which has a home directory of /home/bitnami. In that directory is a complete directory tree of the 5.3.4PL1 install. However, the apache server is running from /opt/bitnami....

    $ ps -ef|grep -i apache
    root 2868 1 0 Jan12 ? 00:01:51 /opt/bitnami/apache2/bin/httpd.bin -f /opt/bitnami/apache2/conf/httpd.conf
    daemon 2887 2868 0 Jan12 ? 00:01:53 /opt/bitnami/apache2/bin/httpd.bin -f /opt/bitnami/apache2/conf/httpd.conf
    daemon 2888 2868 0 Jan12 ? 00:01:54 /opt/bitnami/apache2/bin/httpd.bin -f /opt/bitnami/apache2/conf/httpd.conf
    daemon 13322 2868 0 Feb11 ? 00:01:13 /opt/bitnami/apache2/bin/httpd.bin -f /opt/bitnami/apache2/conf/httpd.conf

    The config file says that ServerRoot is /opt/bitnami/apache2, and that directory has an htdocs subdirectory, which in turn has the VBulletin directory structure in it (admincp, backup, core...etc). The contents of the two appear identical both with ls and with diff -r. My guess is that I only have to change the files at /opt/bitnami/apache2/htdocs, and not the ones in the bitnami home directory. Am I right in this assumption? I'm being cautious because this bulletin board hosts a medical help forum, and I don't want to wreck it, and this is my first time with being an apache and VB admin at this level, despite being deep in Unix and Linux for decades.

    Thanks for putting up with my nerves, and for any advice you can offer.

    Paul

  • #2
    Best way would be to remove all previous versions of vb from your server then make sure you rename the config.php.bkp to config.php in the root dir then rename the config.php.new to config.php in the core/includes dir then edit this putting in the details of your mysql database name;database user;password.
    Then ftp all files in the upload folder to the root dir which can vary from control panel to control panel used example mine on my test server at home is www but on live server is public_html
    Then just run the upgrade script ie:http://yourdomain.com/core/install/upgrade.php
    Cometbar

    DartsLeague

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    • #3
      1) move the files however you see fit. Our instructions are written for people on shared hosting. We expect users on AWS or dedicated services to know what they are doing.

      2) these services need to be running. They have absolutely no relevance to copying files.

      3) you would know more about what your server needs than we will. We don't use bitnami services.
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      • #4
        Iīm also a new user of vbulletin and Iīm being prompted to update to 5.4, the version I have now is 5.3 Question:

        Where are the instructions to update ? Step by step instructions are most needed.

        Apart from these generic remarks on the documentation:
        https://www.vbulletin.com/docs/html/

        I found nothing on how to upgrade vbulletin.

        Thank you for any help.

        Fred

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        • #5
          The detailed instructions are in the manual under the chapter "Upgrading vBulletin".

          https://www.vbulletin.com/docs/html/...rsion=50400500

          There are 10 articles on how to accomplish an upgrade. An upgrade from 5.3.4 to 5.4.0 should take about 15 minutes. I am not sure how much more detail you would need here.
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          • #6
            Thank you Wayne.

            I saw that page but do I have to do all this just to update:

            What to know before you upgrade to vBulletin 5
            Creating a Test/Development Installation
            Preparing the vBulletin Files for Upload
            Updating the vBulletin Scripts on Your Web Server
            Running the vBulletin Upgrade Script
            Cleaning up after your Upgrade
            Checking for Updated Templates
            Checking for Updated Phrases



            Canīt I just drop the files on the server, not ovewriting the config.php files, both of them?

            The run the update script? Some url as its usual in these things?

            Donīt you have a simple step by step method for this?

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            • #7
              This is what I always use.

              vB5 > vB5 UPGRADE INSTRUCTIONS

              ****BACK UP THE DATABASE & FILES FIRST****

              1. Download the 5.4.0 files from the members area.

              2. Unzip & Upload all files to your server/webspace/whatever

              3. Browse to yourforumpath.com/core/install/upgrade.php.

              4. Enter your customer number and the upgrade will proceed.

              5. Delete the /core/install directory after the upgrade has finished.
              MARK.B | vBULLETIN SUPPORT

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              • #8
                Thatīs it! Thank you very much Mark. This is all I need to know.

                Cheers,
                Fred

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                • #9
                  Update done, thanks.

                  These 5 points is what should be in the docs, first page, regarding updates within version 5

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by derfred33 View Post
                    Thank you Wayne.

                    I saw that page but do I have to do all this just to update:

                    What to know before you upgrade to vBulletin 5
                    Creating a Test/Development Installation
                    Preparing the vBulletin Files for Upload
                    Updating the vBulletin Scripts on Your Web Server
                    Running the vBulletin Upgrade Script
                    Cleaning up after your Upgrade
                    Checking for Updated Templates
                    Checking for Updated Phrases



                    Canīt I just drop the files on the server, not ovewriting the config.php files, both of them?

                    The run the update script? Some url as its usual in these things?

                    Donīt you have a simple step by step method for this?
                    You asked for the detailed step by step instructions. Those are the detailed step by step instructions. If you read the readme documentation that comes with the software download package. It includes the simple quick upgrade steps.
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                    Wayne Luke
                    The Rabid Badger - a vBulletin Cloud customization and demonstration site.
                    vBulletin 5 Documentation - Updated every Friday. Report issues here.
                    vBulletin 5 API - Full / Mobile
                    I am not currently available for vB Messenger Chats.

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                    • #11
                      Thank you Wayne, I didnīt realised that.

                      Kind regards,
                      Fred

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