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Sep 23rd, 2010 at 9:18pm
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Hi Yabb Folks,
I manage a YaBB community for Brooklyn NY's ConeyIsland.com website and have a small emergency. I'm hoping someone can help me resolve the issue.

Our server ran out of available space yesterday and any files that were being uploaded to the server ended up uploading as 0k files. Consequently, any YaBB user who tried to log in had their Yabb Account deleted as any text files YaBB wrote to the file system ended up being empty text files. Unfortunately, both admins tried logging in and YaBB sees their accounts as deleted.

I had a backup of my admin.vars file and tried uploading that. I can login now, but I keep getting a message "Unable to open ./Members/admin.ims". However as this user I was able to get to the admin interface and put the boards into maintenance mode.

I have also been able to create a new user login. Is there a way of tweaking something on the server side to make this user an admin?

We are running YaBB 2.2.1 here: http://www.coneyisland.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.cgi

I REALLY appreciate any help you guys can provide with this!
thanks!
fred

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Re: HELP!!! Deleted Admin Account
Reply #1 - Sep 23rd, 2010 at 9:42pm
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PS: No, I do not have a recent backup.  Sad Cry
  
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Reply #2 - Sep 24th, 2010 at 12:35am
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gr8fredini wrote on Sep 23rd, 2010 at 9:42pm:
PS: No, I do not have a recent backup.

  OUCH !

  You might try to manually rebuild the zero'd files ........
See YaBB Codex:  http://www.yabbforum.com/codex/YaBB.pl?num=1224094402
  
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Reply #3 - Sep 24th, 2010 at 2:08am
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Thanks for the link to the documentation. I have been attempting to rebuild the zeroed files. I'm now able to log in as my previous admin account but YaBB displays the following message:

An Error Has Occurred!
Error: Unable to open ./Members/admin.ims
Verbose:

Now I've looked at my admin.ims file and it looks fine. Permissions on it are 644

Any ideas what's wrong?

Also- can I reset a password by editing a member's .vars file?
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Reply #4 - Sep 24th, 2010 at 3:26am
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try a 666 CHMOD, the .\Members folder must be 755 or higher

gr8fredini wrote on Sep 24th, 2010 at 2:08am:
Also- can I reset a password by editing a member's .vars file?

Yes ... simply replace the encoded password with a plain text word
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Reply #5 - Sep 24th, 2010 at 3:31am
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the .\Members folder permissions are 777
the admin.ims permissions are 644- the same as all the member files

YaBB still displays this message:
An Error Has Occurred!
Error: Unable to open ./Members/admin.ims
Verbose:

I have it in Maintenance mode.
  
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Reply #6 - Sep 24th, 2010 at 3:33am
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try a 666 CHMOD,

  
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Reply #7 - Sep 24th, 2010 at 3:33pm
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try a 666 CHMOD

Do this for all files in the Members Directory? or just the admin.ims file?
  
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Reply #8 - Sep 24th, 2010 at 5:51pm
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Reply #9 - Sep 26th, 2010 at 5:02pm
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Thanks! That seems to have done the trick!
Several folks had their account files zeroed out, so I guess they will have to re-register, but aside from that it all seems ok. I'll look into upgrading to 2.5 and get a regular backup going.
  
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Reply #10 - Sep 26th, 2010 at 8:50pm
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Welcome, Good idea ... The auto reminder for backup is a nice thing to have in Y2.5
  
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