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  • I've been running 2.2.6 for over a year now at http://www.sportsdot.org/ [sportsdot.org] but I covet being cool and hip and running modern slash. I don't mind losing all of the UI work I've put into my current site, but I would hate to lose my users and stories. I am mighty in MySQL and Java, CVS etc -- all the skills of a developer, but weaker in PERL (though I can bend a regular expression if I need to). How realistic is it to think that I could install the latest stable, look at the new schema and the old schema, an
    • by jamiemccarthy (414) on Tuesday March 14 2006, @10:36AM (#6341) Homepage

      Honestly, we're getting to the point where that may be easier. But I don't know since nobody that I know of has tried it that way.

      Most sites have few categories of data besides the UI work: users, stories, comments, topics, maybe some polls. The way that topics are organized has changed radically but the other kinds of data are fundamentally the same.

      If I were in your position I would definitely look at trying it. Start writing a script that will install a new Slash site from scratch, drop in your own topic tree, and then copy across user, story, comment, and poll data. Then play with it and see if it works. If not, change the logic of how it copies the data, blow away the test site, and run it again. Repeat until you like the way it turns out. Your users may not like having many of their prefs blown away but you can get 90% of the way there by just copying realemail, passwd, nickname, uid (and a few other fields).

      There are enough people running 2.2.6 that I might try writing a first draft of this script myself when I get the chance... of course it's unlikely that I'll ever get the chance... sorry...

      • My chance to contribute to the cause I guess. I'll document along the way and post results and the java I write to make it all work.
      • by Anonymous Coward
        you see guys, this is why open source sucks! this project is not interesting enough for someone to code it as a priority (even though it's an upgrade) so it never gets done... WinXP is still able to upgrade from Win95....