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Reply #38 - Nov 21st, 2011 at 4:39pm
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Blocked IPs in The Guardian are not stored in Settings.pl, they're stored in a .htaccess file in the yabb2/ directory.

I assume you can use .htaccess files on you server? What do you have in that file?
  
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Reply #37 - Nov 21st, 2011 at 4:21pm
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The whole forum was throwing a 404 error.  A month ago I was adding and IP address through Guardian and I made a typo.  Immediately I got a 404 error.  That is what alerted me this morning that it may be that file.
  
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Reply #36 - Nov 21st, 2011 at 4:10pm
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A 404 error is when a page can't be found, so wouldn't have thought that a corrupted file would throw that error - it would be more likely to throw a 500 Internal Server Error. Undecided
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Reply #35 - Nov 21st, 2011 at 3:55pm
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I can't see anything wrong with it. Was your whole forum throwing a 404, and what made you realize it was Settings.pl?

I've just used that exact settings file on a test board and I'm getting no errors at all...
  
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Reply #34 - Nov 21st, 2011 at 3:27pm
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Okay, I'm trying to seek a little advice on writing to Settings.pl on registration myself - I'll get back to you on it.

If you've got the Anti-Spam Mod installed, then that should stop most spam before the SFS checks need to be run, and it won't need to write to Setting.pl very often, so you should be safe to enable auto-banning again. I haven't heard of anyone else have this happen to them anyway - maybe if you enable it while you are around to keep an eye on it to see if it happens again - I'm interested to know if it was a one off coincidence or something that is likely to keep happening. Undecided

corvettec3 wrote on Nov 21st, 2011 at 3:13pm:
Derek, I have a copy of the corrupted Settings.pl file.  I have gone through it and do not see any problems with it.  If you want to take a look at it I can send it to you.

Yes, that would be great, thanks. You can just attach it to this thread...
  
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Reply #33 - Nov 21st, 2011 at 3:13pm
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Derek, I have a copy of the corrupted Settings.pl file.  I have gone through it and do not see any problems with it.  If you want to take a look at it I can send it to you.
  
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Reply #32 - Nov 21st, 2011 at 2:47pm
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Derek Barnstorm wrote on Nov 21st, 2011 at 1:50pm:
You have got a back-up to fix it?

I was bit wary that there could be a chance of this happening, because the auto-ban features have to open up Settings.pl:

http://www.boardmod.org/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1315522544/69#69

What permissions/CHMOD to you have on that file? You'll probably just want to disable the auto-banning features while I look into it - I assume you had them enabled? Undecided





Yes, I had a backup.  CHMOD is at 0666 for Settings.pl.  I will turn off the auto ban features for now.  I also just installed the Anti Spam Question Mod that you recommended.
  
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Reply #31 - Nov 21st, 2011 at 1:50pm
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You have got a back-up to fix it?

I was bit wary that there could be a chance of this happening, because the auto-ban features have to open up Settings.pl:

http://www.boardmod.org/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1315522544/69#69

What permissions/CHMOD to you have on that file? You'll probably just want to disable the auto-banning features while I look into it - I assume you had them enabled? Undecided


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Reply #30 - Nov 21st, 2011 at 12:53pm
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The Settings.pl file in the Variables directory got corrupted sometime overnight.
  
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Reply #29 - Nov 21st, 2011 at 12:25pm
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Derek...For some reason our forum died in the night.  We are all getting 404 errors Sad
  
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Reply #28 - Nov 21st, 2011 at 5:51am
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Ah, I've just realized something. You're getting spam by what appears to be ex-members in your inbox because you have 'Alert Board Moderator about this Post!' enabled in threads for guests. The ex-member appearing next to the guests name is a bug which I noticed a while ago and totally forgot about - see this post:

http://www.carsten-dalgaard.dk/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1321714413/10#10

There isn't a fix yet, but I'm pretty sure that is the cause. They are actually nothing more than guests.

I should be able to extend the SFS Mod to those areas anyhow - I'll take a look when I get chance.

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Oh, that wouldn't answer why normal members are getting PMs though. Undecided
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Reply #27 - Nov 21st, 2011 at 2:20am
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Ah, SFS is back up now. When you're logged in, go to Resources => Get API Key from the menu bar.
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Reply #26 - Nov 21st, 2011 at 2:18am
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For some reason registration has been closed since last night. I assume Michael has been working on something, maybe to do with spam - but that's just a guess. I don't think it will be closed for long anyway, so keep checking back.
  
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Reply #25 - Nov 21st, 2011 at 2:15am
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BTW, How do you join the BoardMod forum?  I could not find any Register button.
  
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Reply #24 - Nov 21st, 2011 at 2:12am
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You'll need to register on their forum first - their website is down at the time of writing this, but from memory, when you're logged in you can just request an API Key - I think one of the menu tabs says something about it...
  
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