HTML Logo by World Wide Web Consortium ( Click to learn more about our commitment to accessibility and standards.

Moving forward with Composr

ocPortal has been relaunched as Composr CMS, which is now in beta. ocPortal 9 will be superseded by Composr 10.

Head over to for our new site, and to our migration roadmap. Existing ocPortal member accounts have been mirrored.

Friends data location

Login / Search

 [ Join | More ]
 Add topic 
#103796 (In Topic #20288)

Honoured member

Hey everyone...

On the v8 site that I just migrated to v9, I've found that I have to manually copy files from their locations on the server from one directory to the new one (i.e., gallery files from data structure of v8 site to corresponding data structure location in the v9 site).  This has worked really well, as the migration tool doesn't always move everything across as you'd hope (but it does a DARN good job overall :) )

I have no idea which directory on the server hold the friends data, so if someone could let me know, I can copy it to the new directory using cpanel.

Also, on a related note:  One of the users said they can't add anyone as a friend now and they get an error message saying they don't have access to do so?  I tried it using my test account and they're right.  I have looked everywhere to see if there's a permission I missed but I can't find anything!?!  Anyone ever heard of this one (this is what appears when I try and add another regular user as a friend using my standard test account):

Back to the top
Item has a rating of 5 (Liked by Steven Jarvis)  


I didn't realise but there are a few things the ocp_merge importer is not covering. I have now added a test to our automated testing system to ensure such holes don't slip through again, and I'm now tracking where these are currently failing (we'll get it fixed as a v9 bug I think, but it will take some time):

0001660: Fix holes in the ocp_merge importer - ocPortal feature tracker

Here are the main things not covered:
  • Custom fields for content (CPFs for members are fine, but custom fields are not getting imported)
  • Chat: Friends, blocking settings, and custom sounds
  • Comcode page meta-data
  • Content reviews
  • Download licenses
  • CPF privacy settings
  • Periodic newsletters
  • Notification settings
  • Custom pointstore products

Friends are in the chat_buddies table in v9. You need to allow access to the chat module, as that's where the friending/defriending code is implemented.
Unfortunately though I doubt you can just copy the table contents, because member IDs will have now changed. So either members are going to need to reset this, or you'll need to wait for us to provide an updated merge importer again, and go through a specific step.

Are you affected by any of the other things listed above?

Become a fan of ocPortal on Facebook or add me as a friend. Add me on on Twitter.
Was I helpful?
  • If not, please let us know how we can do better (please try and propose any bigger ideas in such a way that they are fundable and scalable).
  • If so, please let others know about ocPortal whenever you see the opportunity.
  • If my reply is too Vulcan or expressed too much in business-strategy terms, and not particularly personal, I apologise. As a company & project maintainer, time is very limited to me, so usually when I write a reply I try and make it generic advice to all readers. I'm also naturally a joined-up thinker, so I always express my thoughts in combined business and technical terms. I recognise not everyone likes that, don't let my Vulcan-thinking stop you enjoying ocPortal on fun personal projects.
  • If my response can inspire a community tutorial, that's a great way of giving back to the project as a user.
Back to the top

Honoured member

You're absolutely right, Chris.  I had the permissions in the Site zone turned off for chat, so when I enabled them for the standard user groups, folks can add other people as friends again.

If they have to "re-add" them again, it's not the end of the world -- at least it's working and we found a gap in the importer that can now be plugged up!

Thanks again :thumbs:
Back to the top
1 guests and 0 members have just viewed this: None
Control functions:

Quick reply   Contract

Your name:
Your message: