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Importing a large forum; want to lock old users/threads

Discussion in 'Installation, Upgrade, and Import Support' started by cynthetiq, Aug 3, 2011.

  1. cynthetiq

    cynthetiq Member

    I have a really large forum, over 2M posts. I tried importing it but it was really slow that it took almost 50 hours to import on my test server (shared hosting)

    I migrated my users to a new VPS with a fresh install of XF with the promises of bringing the old forum over to the new server as soon as possible. If I could import it into XF I'd do it, but I want the old information to be an archive not live area, and the same for the user names.

    What I was able to do in old VB imports was replace the email with no email address so there was no match, that gave the imported user an unusable state, but allowed the import to complete without issue.

    Is there a way for me to do something similar?
     
  2. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Email addresses are required in XenForo as login can be via email address or username.
    For that reason they must also be unique.

    You would have edit each and every user name and email address, whilst ensuring they are different from the new member accounts.
     
  3. cynthetiq

    cynthetiq Member

    Right, I would write a query that deleted all the user email addresses. Are you saying that if there is no email address it will not get imported?

    I don't want the old accounts to be utilized, they should be like a new separate account even though they are the same name.
     
  4. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    You won't be able to import them if they have the same name.

    You will be given a choice of merging the 2 accounts, or changing the details.
     
  5. cynthetiq

    cynthetiq Member

    Okay, I'll stick with my original plan of keeping them in separate spaces.
     
  6. cynthetiq

    cynthetiq Member

    I didn't think it all the way through with the user name portion.

    thanks!
     
  7. Carlos

    Carlos Well-Known Member

    Go through with the import. A lot of websites imported their databases with a roundabout time at 15 hours, to 20 hours completion time.
     

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