jeffreyw4 (@jeffreyw4)

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  • Hi,

    Thanks for the help on this issue. I reloaded everything today, careful not to use the built in installer, but instead editing the config file directly. I’m not 100 percent sure what the problem was, but I think it started from an error in the name of the database host. ‘Localhost’ doesn’t work, and I confirmed that with previous database work I’ve done with Godaddy. So after inputting the correct hostname and double checking everything else it worked. Seems to be okay. (I’m just a little surprised at how sparse it is given the huge number of files uploaded to the server but that’s for another discussion!)

    Anyway the problem appears to be resolved. Thanks again for the help!

    It’s possible something didn’t upload properly. I’m going to hang it up for now. It’s pretty late in this timezone.



    Do you know what PHP version and MySQL version you’re using?

    MySQL version 5.0

    PHP 5.x

    Well I just checked all the files in the root directory and they are all accounted for. That said, I could just be tired;)

    I couldn’t find anything on permissions. Is this in a file called by the config file?

    1.Yes, it is called bb-config.php

    2. No, I’m not 100% positive I moved everything. 95% positive. But frustration was creeping in so an error was certainly possible.

    I’ll probably try reupping everything after a thorough deletion on the server.

    But before doing so I want to be sure I understand:

    Upload the unzipped folder as is, then access the installer by going to


    I’m wondering if maybe the godaddy database isn’t configured properly. Even though it’s connecting, maybe the database at godaddy isn’t what the software is expecting.

    No I don’t see anything competitive there. Nothing with the word: config. I deleted the original sample from the server just in case.

    In response to your last post, this line is in there:

    $bb_table_prefix = 'bb_';

    Yes this was edited manually ( in a text editor).

    Well basically I’m just trying to figure out what is going on. My assumption is that, since the server is no longer complaining that it can’t establish a connection with the server, it has done so and it is now onto the next piece of the puzzle. It says:

    “You must specify a table prefix in your bb-config.php file.”

    I’m assuming it’s referring to this line:

    $bb_table_prefix = ‘bb_’;

    This does indeed look like something should go there, but I have no idea what. Honestly I don’t even know what a table prefix is:(

    It’s the double edged sword of prepackaged software: code is impossible to understand!!

    Yes, bbPress (or other message board software) will be the basis of the site.

    I admit I read instructions very literally. The instructions say:

    # Visit the intended URL of the bbPress site

    # You will be greeted with the bbPress installer

    If the instructions had said: visit then I would have done so. I don’t know, perhaps this is what “Visit the intended URL of the bbPress site” means. This is difficult to decipher since, having never used bbPress before, I don’t know precisely what the final (“intended?”) URL will be. I assumed it would just be the URL of the website.

    So should I uninstall, reupload with containing folder intact, and access with “http://www.”

    Thanks for your reply.

    Well, as I said, I originally uploaded it with the containing folder included. So the server didn’t “see” any of the files. It just read the default page which is a “this site is coming soon” html file.

    Once I uploaded without the containing folder the server saw the files and a screen querying for database info appeared.

    I’m not sure what you mean by “the” file structure. There isn’t much on the server before the bbPress files are uploaded. I left only the bare bones before uploading bbPress to avoid confusion.


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