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XF 1.1 Turn Off Forums Automatically

Discussion in 'XenForo Questions and Support' started by tafreehm, Nov 17, 2012.

  1. tafreehm

    tafreehm Well-Known Member

    Is there anyway to automatically turn off/close and then turn back on forums a specific time of the day ? maybe through a cron job or something ?

    Please guide.
  2. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    It would require an add-on.

    I looked into it once, but couldn't get it to work. That may have been my inexperience at the time.

    If I get time I'll have another look.

    For now, no it isn't possible right now but could be with an add-on. I recommend posting at the Resource Requests forum.
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  3. James

    James Well-Known Member

    You should be able to run a cron job to do it.
  4. tafreehm

    tafreehm Well-Known Member

    posted: http://xenforo.com/community/threads/auto-turn-on-off-forum.41085/
  5. tafreehm

    tafreehm Well-Known Member

    I wish I could do that..
  6. James

    James Well-Known Member

    You just create the code to write the option to the database, then set a cron up to run the code at the specified time.

    Hard part is writing to the db :)
  7. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    I get the feeling the hard part is what he'd struggle with :)

    I've actually pretty much written this already. I misunderstood earlier I thought it was individual nodes for some reason rather than the entire board.

    So it's only taken less than 30 minutes :D

    I have asked a question in the resource requests page to find out how long the board needs to be off for, but basically, here's the code. I'm going to add a few admin CP options which don't feature yet. It needs a Board On Cron Entry and a Board Off Cron Entry.

    class BoardActiveCron_CronEntry_BoardOnOff
        public static function 
    $db XenForo_Application::getDb();
    $db->update('xf_option', array('option_value' => 1), 'option_id = "boardActive"');
        public static function 
    $db XenForo_Application::getDb();
    $db->update('xf_option', array('option_value' => 0), 'option_id = "boardActive"');
  8. James

    James Well-Known Member

    Looking good!

    It'd be a lot easier if there was a function. For example, there's XenForo_Application::get('options'), it'd be better if we could update options with something like:
    XenForo_Application::set('options', 'boardActive', 0);
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  9. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member


    I agree. Maybe such a thing exists - I didn't really check :p

    Though the only difference I'd expect is for that function (if it existed) to automatically rebuild the option cache.
  10. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    Would you believe it... there is a function :p

    XenForo_Options::set($option, $subOption, $value);

    Still doesn't rebuild the option cache (as far as I can tell) but cuts out one line of code from calling the database. I will test it and report back.
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  11. James

    James Well-Known Member

    I knew the set() function had to be useful :p
  12. Jake Bunce

    Jake Bunce XenForo Moderator Staff Member

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