phpBB 3.2 Rhea, third look

(Read part 1 and part 2 if you haven’t.)

Updating from 3.0 or 3.1

One thing that is unclear about phpBB 3.2 is how to update to it. The phpBB group itself may be contributing to the confusion. On the launch page they say:

With our brand new installer updating will be easier than ever in phpBB 3.2! Upload a single folder to your board and all your files will automatically be replaced.

This implies that it’s already there. But if you are upgrading from 3.1 no interface exists. Rather, you follow procedures similar to updating from 3.0 to 3.1, found here. The easier way of updating will apply to subsequent releases of phpBB 3.2. There is no 3.2.1 released yet, so you can use the new improved updater yet.

In addition, you used to run /install/database_update.php to update the database. Now you run /install/app.php/update instead and select Update database only. You can also run /install and select the update tab and do it that way.

Other things to note:

  • Quotes are improved. To quote someone you generally click the “Reply with quote” button on the post you want to quote. Doing this creates an enhanced BBCode quote tag with additional attributes that include the post_id, the post time and the user_id. When you submit your post, the quote now indicates the this information in the quote and via an up arrow link can take you to the referencing post.
  • The notifications system has been rewritten to be faster. Since notifications are created when posts are made, you should notice much less delay time between submitting the post and the topic refreshing.

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