Imported phpBB, where are the forums?
So I imported phpBB, ran the fixes and recounts after and am wondering… where are the forums? I was assuming they would be automatically created from the import. I don’t see anything in the Forums area of the control panel although the mysql script seems to appear to have run. The instructions are unclear. Thank you all in advance.
So I look at the database and the importer imported all replies, no forums and no topics, leaving us with about 7,000 replies without a forum or a topic. This is not optimal to say the least. Does the phpBB importer still work?
Constant errors. No users to convert. No forums to convert. Kicks me into repair but nothing to repair. Ran it again and got:
WordPress database error: [Unknown column ‘topics.topic_replies’ in ‘field list’]
SELECT convert(topics.topic_id USING “utf8mb4”) AS topic_id,convert(topics.topic_replies USING “utf8mb4”) AS topic_replies,convert(topics.topic_replies_real USING “utf8mb4”) AS topic_replies_real,convert(topics.forum_id USING “utf8mb4”) AS forum_id,convert(topics.topic_poster USING “utf8mb4”) AS topic_poster,convert(posts.poster_ip USING “utf8mb4”) AS poster_ip,convert(posts.post_text USING “utf8mb4”) AS post_text,convert(topics.topic_title USING “utf8mb4”) AS topic_title,convert(topics.topic_status USING “utf8mb4”) AS topic_status,convert(topics.topic_type USING “utf8mb4”) AS topic_type,convert(topics.topic_time USING “utf8mb4”) AS topic_time,convert(topics.topic_last_post_time USING “utf8mb4”) AS topic_last_post_time FROM phpbb_topics AS topics INNER JOIN phpbb_posts AS posts USING (topic_id) WHERE posts.post_id = topics.topic_first_post_id LIMIT 0, 100
No topics to convert
No forum parents to convert
Clicked: Purge all information from a previously attempted import
Use this if an import failed and you want to remove that incomplete data.
Tried to start again. That deleted all the replies. This seems to be the issue:
WordPress database error: [Unknown column ‘forums.forum_topics’ in ‘field list’]
SELECT convert(forums.forum_id USING “utf8mb4”) AS forum_id,convert(forums.parent_id USING “utf8mb4”) AS parent_id,convert(forums.forum_topics USING “utf8mb4”) AS forum_topics,convert(forums.forum_posts USING “utf8mb4”) AS forum_posts,convert(forums.forum_topics_real USING “utf8mb4”) AS forum_topics_real,convert(forums.forum_name USING “utf8mb4”) AS forum_name,convert(forums.forum_desc USING “utf8mb4”) AS forum_desc,convert(forums.left_id USING “utf8mb4”) AS left_id,convert(forums.forum_type USING “utf8mb4”) AS forum_type,convert(forums.forum_status USING “utf8mb4”) AS forum_status FROM phpbb_forums AS forums LIMIT 0, 100
If we’re talking about the phpbb database, this is because forum_topics doesn’t exist in the phpbb datatabase. Perhaps it did in version 2 but I don’t see that being the case in version 3. As a result, I’m wondering if anyone has successfully converted any phpbb 3 forums.
Are you using phpBB 3 or phpBB 3.1? The changed happened between the two it would appear. 3.1 support is on the horizon, but there’s no specific release date at the moment.
Make sure your using the correct database prefix, most phpBB tables will be named something like
phpbb_posts, in that case the database prefix is
If you are importing from phpBB 3.1 then you can test the new importer via our bbPress “development version” aka bbPress 2.6 alpha, theres some new import improvements, you can get this from the following page or direct link:
do you know when BBPress 2.6 is released with the improved import for phpBB 3.1-Forums?
Thanks in advance,
As everybody is volunteer, it depends on the time that developers and testers can spend on bbPress. Only when the product is considered ready, it will be moved to stable.
We are all hopeful that it will be soon.
Is it possible to install bbPress 2.6 to import a phpBB 3.1 and then downgrade bbPress to stable 2.5.8 (if necessary)?
I think so, I doubt you’d have to downgrade though 2.6 is pretty stable and hopefully be released really soon 😉
Apologies on the late reply everyone. I’m using 3.1, latest version (for if you’re not, it’s like WordPress and you will get hacker bots scanning for old versions.) Unfortunately that seems to be the issue. Thanks @Brandon and @Stephen for your assistance. Table prefixes were properly used. I’ll have another go at it again but I’m pretty sure I was using latest version of WP and BBpress in order to do the conversion.
PHPBB is now on 3.22 . Apparently a bunch of the table columns have changed.
I’m willing to install bbpress 2.6 to see what happens, I have installed a test wordpress site, but I can’t seem to find where to download it.
Any info about converting a 3.22 PHPBB database?
I am also willing to contribute some time to help move this forward if manpower is an issue.
Ok, I did a bit of searching and found 2.6 rc-5. I can work with this.
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