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Posted By: BWilliams Import from vBulletin - 08/03/2006 9:37 PM
Well, after playing with the new 7.0 version I maybe interested in converting back to ubbthreads from vBulletin 3.5.4

Is there going to be an import tool/script available?

Thanks
Posted By: Rick Re: Import from vBulletin - 08/03/2006 9:44 PM
Once we get everything stable with 7.0 then I'd like to add to the importer list with vbulletin being one of them. So it's definitely something that will be coming.
Posted By: Gizmo Re: Import from vBulletin - 08/03/2006 10:06 PM
rick, when you get there lemme know, i'll import from my ubb.threads to vb then to ubb.threads7 lol...
Posted By: Satsjaak Re: Import from vBulletin - 08/05/2006 2:21 PM
ok i have imported vbulletin 3.5 to ubbthreads 7.b2.
First i have imported to ubb 6.5.5 whit the yaml file.
Nex install ubb7.2b and import from ubb 6.5.5 now runnig the board live.
Only the qoutes from vbulletin are not good and no pm's are imported.

Here is the ubb 7.2b board www.satsjaak.eu

Sorry for my bad englisch. blush
Posted By: AllenAyres Re: Import from vBulletin - 08/05/2006 3:53 PM
Cool, thanks Satsjaak smile
Posted By: BWilliams Re: Import from vBulletin - 09/23/2006 12:41 AM
Any update on this?
Posted By: Rick Re: Import from vBulletin - 09/23/2006 12:57 AM
It's the next importer that I'll be working on. So as soon as I get a bit of free time I'll be starting on this. However our importers will probably always be for the latest version so this might be written for 3.6 which I think is their latest?
Posted By: BWilliams Re: Import from vBulletin - 10/11/2006 8:48 PM
Just bringing this back to the top, I am getting antsy to get the board converted back to ubbthreads wink
Posted By: AllenAyres Re: Import from vBulletin - 10/11/2006 9:40 PM
john percival just turned over in his grave wink
Posted By: BWilliams Re: Import from vBulletin - 10/11/2006 11:56 PM
Originally Posted by AllenAyres
john percival just turned over in his grave wink

You lost me
Posted By: Harold Re: Import from vBulletin - 10/11/2006 11:58 PM
http://www.sitepoint.com/article/john-percival-vbulletin
Posted By: AllenAyres Re: Import from vBulletin - 10/12/2006 4:07 AM
hehe, I forget he doesn't take an active role anymore, the new people haven't heard of him smile
Posted By: Harold Re: Import from vBulletin - 10/12/2006 11:25 AM
That was the first usefull link that Google gave me.
Posted By: BWilliams Re: Import from vBulletin - 11/09/2006 8:28 PM
Just bringing this back up to the top. Any updates?
Posted By: Rick Re: Import from vBulletin - 11/09/2006 8:32 PM
Unfortunately, haven't had a chance to get much further on this. Quite a few bugs made it past the initial beta testing so we've been spending a majority of the time on getting these fixed before we can go back to the importers. vb is still the first one that we'll be finishing up when I can spend some time on it again.
Posted By: Gizmo Re: Import from vBulletin - 11/09/2006 11:39 PM
Awwe, eventhough the PHPBB one is mostly complete? wink
Posted By: EarleW Re: Import from vBulletin - 01/04/2007 5:04 AM
When again will this be done and why isn't it a higher priority? I'd love to switch over to UBB from vBulletin but I cannot until this is complete. Is there a somewhat real date for accomplishing this?
Posted By: Rick Re: Import from vBulletin - 01/04/2007 5:13 AM
I'll have time to work on this as soon as we get 7.1 finished. The main reason it's not a higher priority is we have to take care of our current customers first and there are a variety of things that we needed to get into 7.1. That's not to say the importers aren't a priority. Once I actually get started on it, I can't imagine it will take more than a week or so to finish the importer.
Posted By: EarleW Re: Import from vBulletin - 01/09/2007 1:57 AM
Understood, of course. Hopefully it will be soon then so I can switch over. smile

Thanks for the update.
Posted By: Sagar Re: Import from vBulletin - 01/10/2007 2:05 PM
Just to let Rick know that there are at least 2 people in que to import VB to UBB may be it will help changing its priority wink
Posted By: Gizmo Re: Import from vBulletin - 01/10/2007 11:45 PM
Yeh theres more than a handful from various other products, ipb, vb, fusion, etc... Im really happy that some people who've left the UBB are wanting to come back :nod:
Posted By: EarleW Re: Import from vBulletin - 02/24/2007 10:19 PM
Just a reminder so this isn't forgotten. smile
Posted By: Gizmo Re: Import from vBulletin - 02/24/2007 10:25 PM
Well, 7.1 is out now, so perfect time for a reminder wink
Posted By: BWilliams Re: Import from vBulletin - 02/28/2007 2:15 AM
I'm still interested in the importer also smile
Posted By: David Dreezer Re: Import from vBulletin - 02/28/2007 9:13 PM
Rick is working on importers now. Don't know which order he's going to get them done, but he's on them. He didn't forget you either. smile
Posted By: Gizmo Re: Import from vBulletin - 03/01/2007 3:25 AM
I think he said he was going to get the current ones fixed (there are several bugs of the phpbb importer), then move on to vb and fusion.

I for one can't wait to see a UBB.Threads 7.x to UBB.Threads 7.x importer, so I can combine two threads installs...
Posted By: Sagar Re: Import from vBulletin - 03/18/2007 9:47 PM
7.1 is out, any update on the VB importer now smile
Posted By: Gizmo Re: Import from vBulletin - 03/18/2007 10:10 PM
I believe it's scheduled for after the eve importer which is currently being worked on.
Posted By: EarleW Re: Import from vBulletin - 03/29/2007 4:39 AM
Doing a little check in? smile

Also, when this is done, how is it added? As a new update like 7.1.2?
Posted By: Gizmo Re: Import from vBulletin - 03/29/2007 5:19 AM
Not done yet as far as i know (as Rick would have posted an annoucement), and it'll be an importer file which you would obtain via the member area, drop into the importers directory, and execute like any other importer wink
Posted By: Sagar Re: Import from vBulletin - 04/03/2007 9:57 AM
hmm the wait is taking bit too long...
Posted By: Rick Re: Import from vBulletin - 04/03/2007 4:34 PM
The first importer has taken longer than expected, and with that I needed to start work on 7.1.1 as well, as bug fixing for current customers always takes priority. In the final testing on the Eve importer at which point we'll get 7.1.1 out in beta and then I'll work on the vb one which shouldn't take nearly as long.
Posted By: Gizmo Re: Import from vBulletin - 04/03/2007 8:01 PM
What a busy bee... Glad to hear that the eve importer is almost done, I have a client or two waiting for it wink
Posted By: EarleW Re: Import from vBulletin - 05/01/2007 4:20 AM
Any updates on this at all? smile
Posted By: Gizmo Re: Import from vBulletin - 05/01/2007 4:48 AM
I believe Rick responded that he's working on the vBulletin importer now in the fusionbb importer thread.
Posted By: Rick Re: Import from vBulletin - 05/01/2007 2:56 PM
Yep, it's being worked on. Their database is pretty tough to figure out all of the relations and how to import everything. I'm trying to make it so I can import as much as possible, but I'm finding a few sticking points.
Posted By: BWilliams Re: Import from vBulletin - 06/02/2007 4:33 AM
Originally Posted by Rick
Yep, it's being worked on. Their database is pretty tough to figure out all of the relations and how to import everything. I'm trying to make it so I can import as much as possible, but I'm finding a few sticking points.

Just checking in, how's the import for vBulletin coming along?
Posted By: EarleW Re: Import from vBulletin - 06/04/2007 9:59 PM
Yeah, any luck at all with this? smile
Posted By: Rick Re: Import from vBulletin - 06/05/2007 12:44 AM
The problem has been that I've been trying to write it so it will import everything and some of the things just don't port over that well. I've got it doing users, forums, and categories, have spent a fair amount of time trying to get forum/user permissions to carry over but I've had to redo this several times.

I may have to end up doing something a bit more basic to start like I did for the Eve importer and then expand from there. We're also going to look into making some type of import system that is more modular so instead of having to recreate it for each different product it will be easier to create new ones.

Sorry I don't have better news on this. Trying to balance time spent on it without pushing back the release cycle too much.
Posted By: EarleW Re: Import from vBulletin - 06/05/2007 8:08 PM
Thanks for the update and sorry to hear it's being such a pain.

Any kind of thought on when you might even have anything up and going? Just curious as to how to plan my forums future and when it might be good to check back here, without being overly obnoxious about it? (I know you're busy.) smile
Posted By: Rick Re: Import from vBulletin - 06/05/2007 8:23 PM
It really depends on what people are looking for when they import. For those looking at switching over, what do you consider a bare minimum of what needs to be imported? Besides the obvious of categories, forums, users and posts wink
Posted By: EarleW Re: Import from vBulletin - 06/06/2007 4:44 PM
Good question, sir. Yes, the basics would be good and/or the option to choose what comes over would be best. Mainly and this again is just me/us, I'm interested in upgrading our current UBB board to the latest, then bringing over JUST the posts and forums actually from a vB forum. We're thinking about going from public to more private. We have two boards (one vB) and two different user databases, etc. and I'm thinking about consolidating to just UBB -- but not bring over vB users. We'd keep the posts that are already there and bring in the vB posts as "archives" so to speak. Maybe the vast majority of posts would not have usernames you couldn't click on or use, since we'd hold off on importing them, but at least we'd have everything still.

Hope that makes some sense and helps. Thanks, Rick.
Posted By: Gizmo Re: Import from vBulletin - 06/06/2007 5:13 PM
I think that these are requirements:
users
profile data
forums
categories
basic permissions (admin's, mod's)

Then more "percs":
pm's
polls
extended permissions (individual categories)
user titles

Can't expect you to take EVERYTHING into account, something basic to get folks moved in though wink
Posted By: AllenAyres Re: Import from vBulletin - 06/07/2007 3:07 AM
Most won't be able to move if their forum is of any size and they have private forums... ever set individual forum permissions on a few thousand people manually? wink
Posted By: Gizmo Re: Import from vBulletin - 06/07/2007 7:25 AM
Yes, with the phpbb importer lol
Posted By: EarleW Re: Import from vBulletin - 07/12/2007 1:16 AM
Is there a latest and greatest on the vB import?

Thanks. smile
Posted By: Gizmo Re: Import from vBulletin - 07/12/2007 1:19 AM
7.2 is almost out of the woodworks, and i believe Rick's planning to re-visit them once final is out.
Posted By: Rick Re: Import from vBulletin - 07/12/2007 2:44 AM
Yes, as soon as 7.2 is out the door, I'll be back on the vb importer and will get it finished up before working on anything else.
Posted By: BWilliams Re: Import from vBulletin - 07/12/2007 6:51 AM
Thanks for the update smile
Posted By: EarleW Re: Import from vBulletin - 07/13/2007 5:57 AM
Ah. Good to hear and know. Thanks for the update.
Posted By: EarleW Re: Import from vBulletin - 08/13/2007 3:06 AM
Any new updates?
Posted By: Rick Re: Import from vBulletin - 08/13/2007 2:56 PM
Some progress. I've been working on the 7.2.1 update, but working on the importer as well. I have the users/groups/categories/forums portion done. Now it's a matter of topics/posts/polls.

A couple things I've run into so far. vb does a double encryption with a salt on all of the user passwords. For that reason, the passwords can't be imported (they are, but they don't work). So, everyone will need to request a temporary password after the import has finished.

So far I haven't been able to import the group/forum permissions. I'm not sure if I'll be able to resolve this one. If not, then forum permissions will need to be set once the import is done as well.

Once 7.2.1 is out in final then I'll work on getting this finished up.
Posted By: Gizmo Re: Import from vBulletin - 08/13/2007 3:53 PM
Originally Posted by Rick
vb does a double encryption with a salt on all of the user passwords.
IIRC this was how CC wanted to handle things in threads; and is done to avoid those "md5 dictionary" sites... In fact, I wish .T7 did this for user security :/...
Posted By: EarleW Re: Import from vBulletin - 08/13/2007 11:31 PM
Thanks much for the update, Rick.

And I hear ya on the passwords. vB is tough on that. Even admins can't see the passwords.

At least for me, I'd really be looking to just get posts/threads and the forums. I have a UBB I'd update to the newest version, then I'd simply bring over/merge all the posts from a vB board into the UBB. No users, though the original posters names would still be nice to have at least rather than "Guest".

I'll keep my fingers crossed. smile
Posted By: Rick Re: Import from vBulletin - 08/23/2007 6:55 PM
Just an update on this. Things are coming along pretty nicely now. Besides the couple issues I mentioned, everything else seems to be going well. I have posts being imported properly now, and I'm working on the polls, attachments and private messages.
Posted By: BWilliams Re: Import from vBulletin - 08/26/2007 2:29 AM
Thanks for the update smile smile
Posted By: EarleW Re: Import from vBulletin - 08/26/2007 5:41 AM
Great to hear, Rick. Thanks for the update. smile
Posted By: Rick Re: Import from vBulletin - 08/26/2007 4:01 PM
We're actually just about ready to start beta testing the importer. Let me know if you're interested in giving it a test drive.
Posted By: BWilliams Re: Import from vBulletin - 08/31/2007 11:56 PM
Originally Posted by Rick
We're actually just about ready to start beta testing the importer. Let me know if you're interested in giving it a test drive.

I'll give it a try.
Posted By: EarleW Re: Import from vBulletin - 09/04/2007 10:30 PM
Just saw the update about testing it. Thanks much for the offer. Might be better if we wait since our UBB is tied into a registration process with our main site so maybe better if we try all once all the bugs are ironed out so we don't throw anything off.

But look forward to see & hearing more. Thanks again.
Posted By: Gizmo Re: Import from vBulletin - 09/04/2007 11:22 PM
BTW, you can install a seperate ubb install to test the importer; the more users we have to test the importers the better testing can be done and bugs end up ironed out. Most of the beta testers don't use competing products so it's quite difficult for us to test them how they'd need to be tested (in fact, i was the only user testing the phpbb importer when it was initially worked on, hence why it's the onlyone that's been complete for some time)
Posted By: EarleW Re: Import from vBulletin - 10/16/2007 3:41 AM
Okay, I gotta ask since it's been awhile. Any updates? smile
Posted By: Rick Re: Import from vBulletin - 10/16/2007 4:26 AM
Well, if you're willing to be a guinea pig wink It's tested pretty much as good as we can, now we just need some testing from others.
Posted By: EarleW Re: Import from vBulletin - 10/16/2007 9:16 PM
Ah, gotcha. Well, the board I help out with is on a shared server and doing any kind of updates, imports, tests, etc. is very difficult to almost impossible at times. If the owner decides to go through with this then we'd literally have one shot at doing it, since in the past any updates or imports have usually updset our hosting company, unfortunately. We'd literally do it once and then walk away with probably a warning. smile

I guess I'll just have to keep my fingers crossed for now. Thanks for the update though.
Posted By: Gizmo Re: Import from vBulletin - 10/16/2007 11:14 PM
Well, most webhosts are understanding when you email them in advance with your intentions. When they randomly login and see a huge load they get worried that a user site has been exploited.
Posted By: ntdoc Re: Import from vBulletin - 10/16/2007 11:26 PM
If possible and your site is not too large maybe using a backup copy of the site, set it up on your local computer and try a conversion locally..
Posted By: Gizmo Re: Import from vBulletin - 10/16/2007 11:28 PM
yeh, that too is a great idea; as i'm sure your local PC has more resources than what your webhost has available (at least in SD's case)
Posted By: SD Re: Import from vBulletin - 10/17/2007 4:10 AM
muhahaha.. i guess i should post my SysMark scores laugh
Posted By: ntdoc Re: Import from vBulletin - 10/17/2007 4:50 AM
Please do, then maybe I'll post mine grin
Posted By: AllenAyres Re: Import from vBulletin - 10/23/2007 1:42 PM
I need to run that on our server too smile

I can test it as well Rick.
Posted By: EarleW Re: Import from vBulletin - 11/06/2007 1:33 AM
Any kind of final word on the vB import feature? (Sorry again, I can't test it myself, just not set up to do that nor am I skilled enough.) crazy
Posted By: AllenAyres Re: Import from vBulletin - 11/13/2007 3:26 PM
Originally Posted by Sirdude
muhahaha.. i guess i should post my SysMark scores laugh


That's not available free? Looks like a $499 app - don't really care what the sysmark is if that's true wink
Posted By: EarleW Re: Import from vBulletin - 11/14/2007 9:14 PM
So is the importer finished for vB forums? Is it part of the lastest update or is it still being beta tested?

Still curious. Thanks.
Posted By: Gizmo Re: Import from vBulletin - 11/15/2007 12:27 AM
The current set of code for 7.2 is in beta as per rick's statement before in this thread; however there is a huge jump from 7.2.2 to 7.3 in the permission scheme area so i'd immagne it'd have to be worked again to properly function with 7.3
Posted By: EarleW Re: Import from vBulletin - 11/15/2007 3:46 AM
Yeah. Understood it was in beta but didn't understand how long it would be.

But now you're saying there is or will be 7.3 but it's going to have to be redone? Geez. So any idea from you or Rick when it will actually be functioning so we could put the update/change over on our calendar? A month away? Six months away? A year?

The original discussion & request started a year & three months ago.
Posted By: SD Re: Import from vBulletin - 11/15/2007 4:07 AM
well actually, the importer is working / semi-working from what i've seen Rick say for 7.2.2

sooo, maybe for short term, there would be a path like:

vbull -> 7.2.2
7.2.2 -> 7.3

this is just my opinion though and Rick would be the best replier here wink

2c
Posted By: Gizmo Re: Import from vBulletin - 11/15/2007 4:28 AM
What I was saying before (as SD reiterated) is that the CURRENT VERSION of the importer is in beta (as in it does import data) however the perm schema for 7.3 will require it to be reworked for 7.3; your best bet is, as SD said, to "beta" the importer to get your data into 7.2.2 then when 7.3 is out, upgrade to that (from 7.2).

The main reason for the permission overhaul to 7.3 is to allow more fine tuned permissions, which make "Pay-To-Subscribe" forums and "Global Moderators" a reality.
Posted By: Rick Re: Import from vBulletin - 11/15/2007 4:11 PM
I've tested the VB importer as much as I can with my test data, now just need someone to take the leap and try it with their own data.

All of the importers are going to need to be adjusted for the 7.3 version, so that's not too big of a deal.
Posted By: AllenAyres Re: Import from vBulletin - 11/15/2007 4:39 PM
I can give it a whirl... let me at it smile
Posted By: Rick Re: Import from vBulletin - 11/15/2007 6:36 PM
Allen, I'll stick it into the private beta tester download directory today.
Posted By: AllenAyres Re: Import from vBulletin - 11/15/2007 9:28 PM
OK smile

Right now I'm trying to set up IIS6 to host a forum so it may be a day or so before I can tackle it. I'll report back there my findings smile
Posted By: Rick Re: Import from vBulletin - 11/15/2007 10:21 PM
That's good, as it might be a day before I can actually put the importer in there wink
Posted By: EarleW Re: Import from vBulletin - 11/29/2007 1:21 AM
Any updates on how the test went? Is it working well?

Thanks.
Posted By: Rick Re: Import from vBulletin - 11/29/2007 3:50 PM
Bleh, thanks for the reminder. I never did put it into the beta area for Allen to test. Doing that now.
Posted By: AllenAyres Re: Import from vBulletin - 12/03/2007 2:42 AM
Thank you Rick :thumbsup:
Posted By: EarleW Re: Import from vBulletin - 12/05/2007 3:24 AM
Look forward to hearing your report Allen. smile
Posted By: Cuervo Re: Import from vBulletin - 12/11/2007 11:49 PM
Originally Posted by BWilliams
Originally Posted by AllenAyres
john percival just turned over in his grave wink

You lost me


John Percival known to some as Jack Percival (3 April 1779, – 7 September 1862) was an officer in the United States Navy during the Quasi-War with France, the War of 1812, the campaign against West Indies pirates, and the Mexican-American War.

Born in West Barnstable, Massachusetts, Percival left home at thirteen to work as a cabin boy on a Boston coaster. He later served in the U.S. Navy in the Quasi-War as a master’s mate and midshipman, and then entered the merchant service. He was impressed by the Royal Navy and sent to HMS Victory under Lord Jervis. When placed on a Spanish prize, Percival led an uprising and escaped to the American merchant ship Washington.

In 1809, he returned to the U.S. Navy as a sailing master and was assigned to the Syren, part of the New York flotilla under Captain Jacob Lewis. He commanded Gunboat No. 6 and borrowed the fishing smack "Yankee" on the Fourth of July in 1812, using it to capture HMS Eagle, tender of 74-gun HMS Poictiers. Percival joined Peacock, on 9 March 1814, and made three cruises capturing nineteen merchantmen and two warships, HMS Epervier and Nautilus. For his gallantry in the capture of HMS Epervier, he was promoted to Lieutenant and awarded a special sword by Congress.

In 1826, he sailed the U.S.S. Dolphin into the far reaches of the uncharted Pacific to track down the mutineers of the whaleship Globe. He returned by way of the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii), the first American naval visit to that location. Promoted to captain in 1841, he first saved and restored the USS Constitution and then sailed the fabled warship around the world in 1844-46, Old Ironsides' only circumnavigation.

Percival's legendary reputation is enhanced by the fact that his first naval ship - the Victory - and his last naval ship - the Constitution - remain national shrines in Britain and the U.S., respectively. Herman Melville and James Michener based characters in their novels on this colorful skipper, and Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote about him. He was known by the nickname of Mad Jack (attributable to his intense command style); the folk band Schooner Fare wrote and performs "The Ballad of Mad Jack", which relates incidents from his life. He nurtured in a fatherly manner a generation of midshipmen who rose to prominence in the U.S. Navy of the American Civil War era.

He died with the rank of Captain 7 September 1862 in Dorchester, Massachusetts and is buried near his birthplace in West Barnstable.

Two ships have been named USS Percival for him.

This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Percival"
Posted By: EarleW Re: Import from vBulletin - 12/12/2007 7:54 PM
AllenA, any updates on how the import went from vB to UBB?

And Cuervo, you do realize your answering a question that is a year old? Coming in there a little late to say the least... wink
Posted By: EarleW Re: Import from vBulletin - 01/12/2008 2:05 AM
Anything from anyone on this? smile
Posted By: d-talk Re: Import from vBulletin - 02/06/2008 11:53 AM
Hi,

when can we expect the importer for vBulletin?
Posted By: Gizmo Re: Import from vBulletin - 02/06/2008 11:57 AM
Rick has stated that work on the importers will occour after 7.3 is out the door (as it'd be redundant to work on them when such a large task is at hand); I believe that SD had something working for 7.2 but ceased work on it till 7.3 was out so it would import to the latest version...
Posted By: Rick Re: Import from vBulletin - 02/06/2008 5:03 PM
the vbulletin one works for 7.2.2 on my test system, however we just need some to step up and volunteer to do some testing with it. I can't stick it in the members area without testing by a few users. So, if you're interested in doing a test with it, you can send me a PM.
Posted By: EarleW Re: Import from vBulletin - 02/13/2008 4:47 AM
Thanks for the update, Rick. We're still not in a great or even good situation to do tests but hopefully someone with more know how and "testing" capabilities can give it a try. smile
Posted By: AllenAyres Re: Import from vBulletin - 02/14/2008 2:37 PM
My biggest issue was trying to find out how to run impex to first import a threads forum into vb, but I don't think I have to do that now. I've got clients running vb, I'll see what I can get done by this weekend.
Posted By: d-talk Re: Import from vBulletin - 02/14/2008 10:19 PM
Thanks Allen smile I have tested the importer which Rick send me, but have saveral problems with it....
Posted By: Rick Re: Import from vBulletin - 02/14/2008 10:31 PM
Yes, d-talk is being the guinea pig wink Have a couple issues we're working on now.
Posted By: EarleW Re: Import from vBulletin - 03/09/2008 1:31 AM
What's the latest on this? Any good news? smile
Posted By: EarleW Re: Import from vBulletin - 04/01/2008 5:42 PM
Nothing? No updates? Did it ever seem to work? confused
Posted By: Rick Re: Import from vBulletin - 04/01/2008 7:53 PM
Unfortunately we had to put this on hold until 7.3 is finished. d-talk has a good test bed for me, just need to get 7.3 done before we spend more time on the importer.

It's close, just having an issue with moderators.
Posted By: AllenAyres Re: Import from vBulletin - 04/01/2008 10:22 PM
I've finally got a couple sites to work with as well - my hold-up was getting a site to import from, I just hadn't figured out vb's impex and didn't have the time to learn. But I've got at least one to import from now and maybe 2-3.
Posted By: EarleW Re: Import from vBulletin - 04/02/2008 1:04 AM
All right. Thanks for the update then. We're coming up on the two year anniversary of the first request, so I'll keep my fingers crossed it'll finally get done. smile

Appreciate the update gents.
Posted By: EarleW Re: Import from vBulletin - 05/13/2008 10:47 PM
So after all this time, still no confirmed update on getting this to work? Nothing? Not even a made up answer or lie? Anything at all? Anyone? Bueller? confused
Posted By: Pink Jazz Re: Import from vBulletin - 05/13/2008 11:47 PM
Originally Posted by EarleW
So after all this time, still no confirmed update on getting this to work? Nothing? Not even a made up answer or lie? Anything at all? Anyone? Bueller? confused


Unfortunately, there are more bugs in 7.3 than what were expected. Probably Rick is trying to tackle these bugs before releasing the vBulletin importer. Hopefully we will see the importer after 7.3.1.
Posted By: EarleW Re: Import from vBulletin - 05/14/2008 12:45 AM
Now, there we go. That's what I'm talking about. Not happy to hear it after all this time, but at least I know a bit better where things stand.

Thanks, PJ.
Posted By: Rick Re: Import from vBulletin - 05/14/2008 1:00 AM
It's about 95% done actually, just seems to be a hitch trying to get the moderators imported properly. With the long devel cycle of 7.3 all importers were put on the back burner.

It really won't take much time to finish it off, but bug fixes with the main program itself always end up coming first. So, we probably won't be revisiting this until after 7.3.1 is done.

Kind of rehashing what Pink Jazz said, but now it's official wink
Posted By: EarleW Re: Import from vBulletin - 05/16/2008 2:39 AM
Thanks for the update, Rick. Again I don't mean to be a pain about but just been hoping to update then import from vBulletin for almost two years now so it'd be great to finally have the chance. And for whatever it's worth, I'll manually update mods. smile
Posted By: Pink Jazz Re: Import from vBulletin - 06/26/2008 1:43 AM
So, what is the latest update on the vBulletin importer? It would be great to win back all of these customers who left us.
Posted By: zah Re: Import from vBulletin - 06/26/2008 2:17 AM
Please finish this importer.
Posted By: EarleW Re: Import from vBulletin - 07/05/2008 7:46 PM
Originally Posted by Pink Jazz
So, what is the latest update on the vBulletin importer? It would be great to win back all of these customers who left us.


Yes. I'm still hoping though... Maybe someday. frown
Posted By: EarleW Re: Import from vBulletin - 07/16/2008 4:45 AM
So nothing yet, huh?
Posted By: Rick Re: Import from vBulletin - 07/16/2008 2:11 PM
Not yet, still catching up on upgrades and installs of 7.3.1 before we can dig in to any new development stuff.
Posted By: Gizmo Re: Import from vBulletin - 07/16/2008 8:14 PM
You should delegate wink...
Posted By: EarleW Re: Import from vBulletin - 07/17/2008 1:41 AM
Ohhhh. Darn. Per a post a few months back you mentioned being 95% done so I thought it was close. Sigh.

All right. Thanks much for the update, Rick.
Posted By: EarleW Re: Import from vBulletin - 08/14/2008 12:58 AM
They say, no news is good news, so I figured I'd check in again since it's been almost a month. Any hope yet at all?
Posted By: Rick Re: Import from vBulletin - 08/18/2008 5:27 PM
Always something. Working on 7.3.2 at the moment, which again means no new status on the importer. Sorry.
Posted By: Rick Re: Import from vBulletin - 10/13/2008 4:11 PM
Just an FYI for anyone that might still be following this topic. We're actually working on 2 importers currently, and expect to have them finished sometime after 7.4 is released and before we start on any new development. Vbulletin which is 90% done, and SMF.
Posted By: Gizmo Re: Import from vBulletin - 10/13/2008 8:59 PM
I'd like to see the phpbb one looked at to ensure it works properly with 7.4... that old PT exists in my box where we where working on it for 7.0
Posted By: Island Piper Re: Import from vBulletin - 10/13/2008 9:27 PM
Originally Posted by Gizmo
I'd like to see the phpbb one looked at to ensure it works properly with 7.4... that old PT exists in my box where we where working on it for 7.0


Second that! phpBBv2 and v3, actually v3 would be better since a person could go from v2 to v3 then to threads.

Posted By: Rick Re: Import from vBulletin - 10/13/2008 10:11 PM
I just did a PHPBB import a couple days ago to 7.4 and everything that's supposed to be imported was imported. That's with v2 however. Haven't done a PHPBB3 importer yet.
Posted By: Island Piper Re: Import from vBulletin - 10/13/2008 10:36 PM
It almost works with phpBBv3, there are a few things left out.

Ah, here is my previous post on what happened with a v3 phpbb board.
Posted By: Rick Re: Import from vBulletin - 10/13/2008 10:42 PM
Definitely something I want to get done. I've been working at making the importers a bit more portable, so it's easier to write them without having to duplicate a ton of code.

Since I can probably re-use a bit of the PHPBB2 importer code for 3.0, it probably won't be too bad. Possibly after I finish the SMF and VB ones.
Posted By: Gizmo Re: Import from vBulletin - 10/13/2008 10:53 PM
I believe there where a few things "left out" when I last checked the phpbb2 importer; this was some time ago when we where first looking at it.. when i had a phpbb2 forum to import lol... The discussion in pt's covers all findings from back then; if you still have it...
Posted By: EarleW Re: Import from vBulletin - 12/02/2008 5:03 PM
Originally Posted by Rick
Just an FYI for anyone that might still be following this topic. We're actually working on 2 importers currently, and expect to have them finished sometime after 7.4 is released and before we start on any new development. Vbulletin which is 90% done, and SMF.


So any updates on the vB importer then since it's been a month & half or so?
Posted By: Rick Re: Import from vBulletin - 12/02/2008 5:18 PM
7.4.1 got in the way, however the SMF one is finished and is in testing with a couple customers (was pretty basic so it was quick). Vbulletin hopefully coming soon.
Posted By: cam2 Re: Import from vBulletin - 03/18/2009 8:11 PM
Any news on the vbulletin importer?
Posted By: Gizmo Re: Import from vBulletin - 03/18/2009 11:21 PM
I am thinking that the importers do need a little love before hardcore dev on v8... Seems to be a lot of customers waiting to flock in from FUsionBB, VB, Phorum, etc...
Posted By: SD Re: Import from vBulletin - 03/19/2009 1:15 AM
would be nice to see some hardcore love on the documentation too.. prior to 8.0
Posted By: Gizmo Re: Import from vBulletin - 03/19/2009 1:32 AM
Yeh, I'd be more than willing to dedicate some time on some things, but some items need love that I don't use, namely the Paypal integrations...
Posted By: cam2 Re: Import from vBulletin - 03/24/2009 9:14 PM
Originally Posted by Rick
Just an FYI for anyone that might still be following this topic. We're actually working on 2 importers currently, and expect to have them finished sometime after 7.4 is released and before we start on any new development. Vbulletin which is 90% done, and SMF.



Do you have a new time frame for this importer?
Posted By: cam2 Re: Import from vBulletin - 03/24/2009 9:17 PM
Originally Posted by Gizmo
I am thinking that the importers do need a little love before hardcore dev on v8... Seems to be a lot of customers waiting to flock in from FUsionBB, VB, Phorum, etc...


Your right, many do.
Posted By: Gizmo Re: Import from vBulletin - 03/24/2009 9:32 PM
Guess PHPBB3 needs to be added to the list as well now lol...
Posted By: Rick Re: Import from vBulletin - 03/25/2009 3:08 PM
Ok, so here's the scoop. Currently importers are a pretty big pain in the rear. Each has to be completely written from scratch. They are also very hard to maintain every time we do database alterations.

What I plan to do is write some sort of core code that can be used for all importers and then for each forum we want to bring in, we just need to write a much smaller portion of code.

I have 1 person that has offered to tackle this actually, but need to see if they really want to do it as it's a pretty big job. Otherwise, this will probably have to wait until we're done with v8.

Posted By: Yarp™ Re: Import from vBulletin - 03/25/2009 3:48 PM
Why not have the importers for a specific version of ubb.threads only, and keep that version available for download for migration purposes? Just like 6.5.5 is available for just that reason.
Posted By: Gizmo Re: Import from vBulletin - 03/25/2009 7:42 PM
Originally Posted by Yarp™
Why not have the importers for a specific version of ubb.threads only, and keep that version available for download for migration purposes? Just like 6.5.5 is available for just that reason.
I'm kind of hoping to hear "Because the member area already looks like crap" wink...
Posted By: David Dreezer Re: Import from vBulletin - 03/27/2009 12:53 AM
I think I do a pretty good job of keeping it orderly, thank you very much. tongue

Gizzy has a point though, in that it does get confusing, Yarp, having a different importer for every version of threads and every version of (whatever your importing from goes here). I used to maintain these long ago and it gets to be darned near a full time job. Every time we make a db change we fix the importers. Every time someone else makes a change... we have to fix their importers. If they make a whole version jump, like v2 to v3 we have two importers to keep up. I do not envy whoever takes on this task.
Posted By: EarleW Re: Import from vBulletin - 05/14/2009 7:22 PM
This thread/topic/request is heading towards its three year anniversary and there still isn't an import for vB? Wow. Sigh. frown
Posted By: Rick Re: Import from vBulletin - 05/14/2009 7:34 PM
Yeah, a bit of a disappointment for sure. The main problem has been the complexity of writing importers, some are fairly easy, some are very troublesome to get right since each one currently has to be written from scratch.

I'm working with a couple people that may be doing an entire import system for version 8. Still in the planning state at this point, but the goal is for a system to allow for quicker turnaround time. Instead of having to write an entire importer each time, we'll just need to write some functions to grab the data we need out of what we're importing from. We also plan on having the ability to only import certain portions instead of having to import the entire forum.
Posted By: Neil Ticktin Re: Import from vBulletin - 09/30/2009 3:39 PM
Rick,

This is a huge thread, with lots of good back and forth. I am looking at the possibility of merging in a vBulletin set of forums. Any progress on an importer on this?

Thanks!

Neil
Posted By: Rick Re: Import from vBulletin - 09/30/2009 4:47 PM
We don't have this for version 7.x, but we will for version 8. We're completely rewriting the importer system to accomplish a few things such as quicker turnaround in creating new importers.

This one was close to being finished, but things changing on both our side and their side kind of shelved it. With the new importer system we'll have an easier time not creating and keeping things up to date.
Posted By: AmyGraper Re: Import from vBulletin - 12/10/2009 2:02 PM
Hi,

Are there any updates about a vBulletin importer? We're interested in converting but would obviously need to be able to import our database.

Thank you!
Posted By: Rick Re: Import from vBulletin - 12/10/2009 2:05 PM
Yes, we have an importer available now for vBulletin.
Posted By: Travis T Re: Import from vBulletin - 12/10/2009 2:08 PM
It has been out for a while as far as I know.
http://www.ubbcentral.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=230298
Posted By: AmyGraper Re: Import from vBulletin - 12/10/2009 2:30 PM
Thank you. Sorry for resurrecting and old thread but I thought this was the latest one on the topic.
Posted By: Gizmo Re: Import from vBulletin - 12/10/2009 5:13 PM
The following importers are all available from the members area:
From UBB.classic 6.7.x
From UBB.threads 6.5.x
From PHPBB 2.x
From PHPBB 3.x
From SMF 1.1.x
From vBulletin 3.6+
Posted By: skylines Re: Import from vBulletin - 12/14/2009 2:04 PM
Thanks for the importer. It will be very useful for me to import my old board.
Posted By: Bartman Re: Import from vBulletin - 02/09/2010 7:25 PM
Slight bump. I'm doing a test run importing from vB3.8.4 and the lengthy thread import seems to have run fine, but as soon as it gets to the mods it stalls:

Quote:
Importing Moderator (5) for forum (65)

No 'continue' type link, just this text, and the page source makes clear the script has stopped dead in its tracks (no </body> for example). Any idea what could cause this?
Posted By: Gizmo Re: Import from vBulletin - 02/09/2010 9:31 PM
Try to refresh the page; it should just continue where it left off
Posted By: Rick Re: Import from vBulletin - 02/10/2010 1:11 AM
If it continues to choke on that point, just open up a support ticket and we'll get it figured out and fixed for you.
Posted By: pilotlicense Re: Import from vBulletin - 05/27/2010 5:55 PM
Originally Posted by BWilliams
Originally Posted by AllenAyres
john percival just turned over in his grave wink

You lost me


I didn't get it either, lol
Posted By: David Dreezer Re: Import from vBulletin - 05/27/2010 8:07 PM
It was a joke about the creator of vBulletin being unhappy that someone would want to import a vBulletin into a UBB.threads. Sarcasm....

Posted By: mona said Re: Import from vBulletin - 06/14/2013 9:14 AM
ok i have imported vbulletin 3.5 to ubbthreads 7.b2.
First i have imported to ubb 6.5.5 whit the yaml file.
Nex install ubb7.2b and import from ubb 6.5.5 now runnig the board live.
Only the qoutes from vbulletin are not good and no pm's are imported.
Posted By: Gizmo Re: Import from vBulletin - 06/14/2013 2:14 PM
I think that you should just be able to go from vBulletin v3 directly to UBB.Threads 7.2 then upgrade to the latest from there.

Your method, of going through the old YAML file, won't import private topics as far as i know.
Posted By: Joe Siegler Re: Import from vBulletin - 03/23/2018 9:39 PM
Hey, in 2018, can this import from vBulletin 4.x?
Posted By: Gizmo Re: Import from vBulletin - 03/24/2018 7:42 PM
The only available vBulletin importer that is in the member area is for vBulletin v3.8.x, which was released on Oct 26, 2009; nothing newer is available. Additionally, this importer was released along side UBB.threads v7.5.4.

Personally, I have not done any testing of the vBulletin importer with any current build of either product; I'd advise any testing on importing data with an old importer to be done with the version of UBB.threads that is closest to the release date of the importer.
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