Ready To Buy, MySQL Questions...


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I've been looking around and decided I want to order XF for my forum (have previous experience with VB). I was looking at the requirements and have a few questions:

- I ran the requirements test script on my server and it told me I meet the requirements. I have a suggestion, though. Instead of just saying I passed it would be kinda nice to have it print some details like what I have installed/versions. I suppose if I failed the requirements it would print a message stating which area I failed (dont know since I passed), but I thought it would be nice to see more. :)
- I checked the version of mySQL I have installed and it was 5.0.51a. Now I read in another thread here that a user was having problems installing and someone said it was because their MySQL version was an older version (5.0.91) which appears to be a later version than mine. Is 5.0.51a new enough for me to use, or should I be requesting my provider update to a newer version? And if I need an update, is there a version I should specifically get (or avoid)?

Thanks for your help, and hope to be showing off my forum soon.


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As long as the SQL version is 5.0+ then that is sufficient, along with the other requirements of course.
  • PHP: 5.2.4+
  • MySQL: 5.0+
  • PHP extensions: MySQLi, GD (with JPEG support), PCRE, SPL, SimpleXML, DOM, JSON, iconv, ctype
  • PHP safe_mode off
You can check all of the installed versions directly on the server, or using cPanel if it is installed.


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Please note that some PHP extensions that Brogan has suggestion aren't extensions but built in to PHP, e.g. SimpleXML.


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You also need to have the new password format in MySQL. Xenforo will not work with the old password format!

(With a fresh install of MySQL this should be no problem. It only becomes an issue when you import privileges data from previous versions of MySQL: that will convert the passwords back to the old format, even though you have a new version of the server, and you will be unable to use the new format -> XenForo will not install.)