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    vBulletin 2.2.0

    vBulletin 2.2.0 is a major release of vBulletin, including numerous bug fixes and several new features.

    Why the large change in version number?
    The main reason for changing the version number so wildly was that we are now encrypting passwords in the database, which effectively removes any possible backwards compatibility with the 2.0.x series. Version 2.2.0 should be the last release in the vBulletin 2 series before we release a major rewrite, hopefully in Q1 next year. This release should include some major new features, which we will be providing details about over the rest of the year.

    The other reason in the large version check is that we have started having independant security audits on the vBulletin code. Security has always been treated as a very serious issue here at Jelsoft, and to reflect this, David Zentner joins our team for the sole purpose of ensuring that the vBulletin code is impervious to all attacks. A number of obscure issues were discovered in the code during our the thorough audit that took place, and because of this we would seriously recommend that everyone upgrades to version 2.2.0 as soon as possible. An email has been sent out to all vBulletin customers warning them of the importance.

    Backing up forums

    Please be sure to check your backups, that they are complete before continuing with an upgrade. We had reports that PHP was causing time out errors when creating the back up SQL, and this was causing for incomplete or corrupted backups. The safest way to do a backup is to use the mysqldump utility through telnet, as it will not suffer from any such problems.

    New Installation Instructions

    For fresh installations, you must run the install.php file in the admin directory. Before you do this, take the file, edit it to contain your details, then upload it as config.php to the server.

    Then you can run through the install.php script in much the same way as old install scripts. More detailed instructions are in the vBulletin online manual:

    Upgrade instructions:

    >From 1.1.x: and 2.0 betas and release candidates:
    Please email me at [email protected] for full information.

    > From 2.0.0
    Upload all the files except install.php, then load up the following web pages (in this order, one at a time):
    When you are done, be sure to delete all the upgradex.php scripts.

    > From 2.0.1
    Upload all the files except install.php, then load up the following web pages (in this order, one at a time):
    When you are done, be sure to delete all the upgradex.php scripts.

    > From 2.0.2
    Upload all the files except install.php, then load up the following web pages (in this order, one at a time):
    When you are done, be sure to delete all the upgradex.php scripts.

    > From 2.0.3
    Upload all the files except install.php, then load up this web page:
    When you are done, be sure to delete all the upgradex.php scripts.

    Changed Templates

    Note: Upgrading will not overwrite any of your custom templates.

    Template Changes
    • whosonlinebit - added missing $userinfo[hidden] to display * next to invisible users for administrators
    • standardredirect - rewrote javascript to deal with slight bug that can prevent the page being linked-to from fully refreshing its content
    • usercp,searchresults,searchresults_threadonly - added forumjump
    • memberlist - added $letterbits for search-by-letter
    • memberlistbit - now uses postbit_search template for search button
    • forumrules - Cosmetic ONLY change to forumrules
    • whosonline - Added legend for Admin/Mod highlighting.
    • newpoll - added bits for multiple choice polling
    • forumhome_logincode - Added link to showgroups.php
    • forumhome_logoutcode - Added link to showgroups.php
    • lostpw, email_lostpw, emailsubject_lostpw, redirect_lostpw - new support for encrypted passwords and new lost password routine
    • forumdisplay - link for 'mark forum as read' and 'search this forum' section
    • forumjump - Added Who's Online to forumjump
    • whosonline - Added ForumJump
    • newreply - added $threadratingoption
    • all templates including <input type="image" src="{imagesfolder}/go.gif... - altered all to remove [Go] button image and replaced with $gobutton variable
    • showthread - added $ratingdisplay
    • forumdisplay_newpostlink - added 'mark forum as read' link

    New templates
    • register_avatar - Avatar html used at registration if you have avatars enabled AND assigned 1 or more to 0 posts
    • register_avatarbit - html that makes up the select statement of the avatar combobox.
    • registeradult/registercoppa - added javascript that loads the currently selected avatar if the user returns to the form by pressing the back button. Add the placeholder for the Avatar selection at registration.
    • memberlist_letter,memberlist_letterselected - letter templates for memberlist search-by-letter
    • error_cantlistself - Error template displayed when someone tries to add themself to the buddy/ignore list.
    • error_movesameforum - Error template displayed when someone tries to move a thread to it's current forum
    • whosonline_legend - Who's Online Legend
    • polloption_multiple - Multiple Poll options
    • showgroups - Main page of Show Mods/Admins
    • showgroups_adminbit - Admins Bits
    • showgroups_bit - Main bit
    • showgroups_forumbit - Forum Listing Cell
    • forumdisplay_loggedinuser - Userbit for the logged in users
    • forumdisplay_loggedinusers - text describing the logged in users
    • error_resetexpired, error_resetbadid, email_resetpw, emailsubject_resetpw, error_resetpw - new support for encrypted passwords and new lost password routine
    • redirect_markreadforum
    • newreply_ratethread
    • gobutton - template to hold the [Go] button for all <select> style mini-forms in the vB pages
    • showthread_ratingdisplay - displays thread rating within showthread

    You can view the new templates from in the control panel by clicking on the 'view original' next to your custom template.


    Bug Fixes
    • online.php - Added a couple instances (adding forum subscription, deleteing subscribed threads, deleting subscribed forum). Fixed issue with users with canviewothers set to false being able to see thread titles.
    • admin/user.php - Fixed bug with [edit user] link on PM Stats in admin control panel
    • fixed bug when admin clicks 'user options' on the user profile page to view a user's details
    • can't add your self to the ignore/buddy list, can't add an admin/mod to ignore via their profile link
    • can't move a thread to it's current forum
    • various security issues
    • fixed problem with " in one of the options in upgrade from 1.1.6 ( )
    • fixed problem with 'require unique email' giving errors at the wrong time ( )
    • fixed problem with attachments being deleted when a cloned thread is deleted ( )
    • fixed bug with .info email addresses not being auto-parsed ( )
    • fixed bug with updating last post time for a forum
    • fixed bug where signatures and avatars were displayed in private messages regardless of user preference
    • numerous template typos etc fixed (see this thread for specifics)

    • encrypts passwords in database
    • new more secure method for lost password routines
    • more secure routine for verifying email address
    • usercp and search results now show the forumjump menu
    • ability to sort users by email address in control panel
    • userid displayed in admin cp -> edit user
    • ability to click on a letter in the member list
    • 'search' link not displayed in memberlist if user has no posts
    • server load and number of online users appear in the admin CP
    • if only one user is found in admin cp search, then show the edit page for that user straight away
    • Ability to enable highlighting of Admin/Moderator names on the Logged in Users and Who's Online.
    • Multiple Choice Polls (thanks to Firefly)
    • Option to update all user's posts counts to the correct total via the CP counters. Does not count forums which are set to not count posts.
    • Showgroups Page, groups can be configured to appear per usergroup [ showgroups.php ]
    • SQL Optimization on showthread, the option to disable/enable displaying the user's online status is no longer needed as there is no penalty for doing so
    • See who is browsing specific forums with you! Can be disabled in the CP. Only adds 1 query to forumdisplay.php
    • Mutt's Javascript for find, preview, copy in template editing
    • new usergroup permission: can download attachment
    • mark read per forum
    • getnew/getdaily per forum
    • In-reply rating
    • Who voted
    • Highlighting / formatting of admin/mod/super names on Who's Online ($loggedinusers and separate page)
    • Added Who's Online to forumjump\
    • Optimized the mass move/mass prune threads Admin functions
    • new gobutton template for easy global customization of [Go] buttons on popup menus
    • home page of moderator control panel now has similar layout and features to admin panel
    • Thread rating now displayed on the showthread page as well as forumdisplay.
    • Forum-search on forumdisplay

    In conclusion...

    We recommend that all customers upgrade immediately.

    Anyway, get to that members area!


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    << changing incorrect template names --tubedogg >>
    Last edited by tubedogg; Thu 1 Nov '01, 9:21pm.
    John Percival

    Artificial intelligence usually beats real stupidity ;)
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