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ImpEx
by Zachery
05 Aug 2015 13:07

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I am not the original creator of impex, just a maintainer of community sourced fixes, and sometimes my own work/improvements.

I will use this to keep the most recent impex master build hosted here. Unstable/Beta fixes will not be hosted here.

To view the most recent up to date build of my version of impex please see it here: https://github.com/vBZachery/vbimpex

Change log: http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?p=2555842



User Documentation

The Impex manual is still housed on vBulletin.com. We suggest reading it before getting started.

User Documentation



Installation
The basics of the installations are as follows:
  1. Download the package from github and extract the files from the zip.
  2. Rename the vbimpex folder to impex.
  3. Rename the ImpExConfig.php.new file to ImpExConfig.php
  4. Edit the ImpExConfig.php file, you'll need to enter the database information for the database you wish to import to, and import from.
  5. Upload the ImpEx files to your server in the same folder as your vBulletin file(s).


ImpEx passcode

Since ImpEx is no longer distrubuted though the vBulletin build servers, a passcode feature has been added. This allows you to secure your installation. We highly recommend you set a good and secure password. This will be the password you use to get into the impex system.

By default it is set to
Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

Bugs
I would appreciate bugs being reported here: https://github.com/vBZachery/vbimpex/issues
However bugs and feedback can also be reported in this thread.


License
Copyright (c) 2014, Internet Brands, Inc.
All rights reserved.

Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met:

1. Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer.

2. Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the documentation and/or other materials provided with the distribution.

3. Neither the name of the copyright holder nor the names of its contributors may be used to endorse or promote products derived from this software without specific prior written permission.

THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY THE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS AND CONTRIBUTORS "AS IS" AND ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE COPYRIGHT HOLDER OR CONTRIBUTORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.


Closing thoughts
I'd just like to give a big thanks to Jeremy Hutchings, who was the original creator of ImpEx, as well as Freddie Bingham who continued to maintain ImpEx when he could after Jerry. Also thanks to Kevin Sours for getting the repository initially hosted on GitHub so we can continue to do keep it alive.

Brad Padgett 16 Aug 2015 23:11

It's a good thing you've provided this to vbulletin users. Thank you Zachery.

Now that vbulletin no longer supports impex it's good to know you still are providing it for those who need it.

Brandon Sheley 17 Aug 2015 02:56

I agree with TheXboxCloud. vBulletin should be very thankful that this is still be supported by Zachery!
I know myself as well as many of other admins would be up sh*t creek without impex.

crazyboy1661 07 Oct 2015 09:14

@Zachery, the script is working fine and as of now there is no issue with the script. Great work.

friendlymela 07 Oct 2015 09:34

This is good one..

lovefount 10 Oct 2015 19:12

thank you a lot .. i need this product
cause i want merge 2 DB's , vb 3.8.9

importing attachments not working
by mgoetze
29 Jan 2016 05:23

We are migration a myBB v1.8 forum over to vBulletin v4.2 using the impex tool and we are having an issue migrating attachments. Our myBB platform has approx 1900 attachments. In the impex import screen I am able to successfully import the attachments and it does confirm that 1900 attachments have been moved to vbulletin. The problem is that the attachments inside the threads are not correct. It is showing the wrong attachments inside the message and it is showing the same attachment multiple times. Here is an example URL:
http://test.hobbysquawk.com/showthre...P-38-Lightning!!!

Look at post #1, you will see the names of 12 attachments. However, you will see that the size of the attachments are all the same and when you click on the attachments they are all the same photo. These should be 12 different photos.

Everything else seems to be importing correctly, but I cannot figure out how to fix the attachments. If anyone has any advice I would greatly appreciate the help.

angeljs 29 Jan 2017 10:29

I can't get past the passcode. I've tried my customer number and the code at the top of this page, but nothing happens.

Paul M 29 Jan 2017 12:27

I should probably point out that Zachery has not logged into the site for almost 6 months

He hasnt updated his Impex branch since 2015.
It looks to me like hes probably no longer interested in this project.

angeljs 29 Jan 2017 13:03

Okay, thanks for the heads-up. Is there any other way to import Wordpress?

phpbb 3.1. to VB still a problem
by Ds3Sport
28 Apr 2017 12:23

There is still an issue with impex when importing any phpbb forum of 3.1.x or higher.

Unlike phpbb 3.0 version 3.1 has an extra table that stores the user post count and I think the date. This is not supported in the last version of impex and so when you import a phpbb 3.1 forum it will "appear" to come across ok but when you check you will see all user post counts are set to zero and the last post appears as 1970!

Also attachments again "appear" to migrate but they don't show up in VBulletin, just the bbcode placeholder.

These are major problems for those of us with phpbb 3.1 forums. I have over 10,000 members on mine. I can't have a situation where all the above are not working. Just a shame that when I asked about the migration in the pre-sales on vbulletin.com I was not told about this. They said it would be fine when they must have known it would not be?

Anyway if anyone has a solution to these issues I would be very happy to hear about them.

Paul M 28 Apr 2017 14:31

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ds3Sport (Post 2585929)
They said it would be fine when they must have known it would not be?.

Why would they "must have known it would not be" ?

Impex is not an official vb product, and hasnt been for a few years.

Even if it were, no one is likely to know every single issue, with every single version of importer.

Ds3Sport 28 Apr 2017 15:06

Why would they?

Because it is their job to advise potential customers. That is what the pre-sales forum is for. We ask questions and hopefully get an honest answer. If they didn't know they should have said so. Not yes it will be fine. How do they know it will be fine? It clearly isn't and never can be because impex does not support versions of phpbb higher than 3.0.x

If the team at VB can't write their own importer then just tell people honestly that their is a third party importer but it has not been updated for years and may not work and you can't help with any problems that arise as a result of using it. Advise people to do a lot of research before going ahead and buying a VB license.

Right now I am left with a useless bit of software and 234 less in my bank account and so far no help at all from VB or the VB community. :mad:

Paul M 28 Apr 2017 21:56

Sales are not technical advisors.
They certainly should have mentioned that Impex isnt a vB product.

Attacking the sales team isnt going help.
"the community" are not a 24 x 7, know everything, support team.
If no one is answering you then that probably means no one knows the answer.

Ds3Sport 29 Apr 2017 00:07

"Sales" should know the product inside out. If they can't comment on technical issues potential customers are asking about then they should go find a different occupation.

What is the point of a pre-sales forum if they cannot answer questions about whether the product will work or not?


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