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Reply #15 - Mar 6th, 2012 at 10:07am
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If it's any help this is what my yabb.pl file looks like.


#!/usr/bin/perl --

###############################################################################
# YaBB.pl                                                                     #
###############################################################################
# YaBB: Yet another Bulletin Board                                            #
# Open-Source Community Software for Webmasters                               #
# Version:        YaBB 2.3.1                                                  #
# Packaged:       January 04, 2009                                            #
# Distributed by: http://www.yabbforum.com                                    #
# =========================================================================== #
# Copyright (c) 2000-2009 YaBB (www.yabbforum.com) - All Rights Reserved.     #
# Software by:  The YaBB Development Team                                     #
#               with assistance from the YaBB community.                      #
# Sponsored by: Xnull Internet Media, Inc. - http://www.ximinc.com            #
#               Your source for web hosting, web design, and domains.         #
###############################################################################

### Version Info ###
$YaBBversion = 'YaBB 2.3.1';
$YaBBplver = 'YaBB 2.3.1 $Revision: 1.21.2.11.2.7 $';

if ($action eq 'detailedversion') { return 1; }

# use CGI::Carp qw(fatalsToBrowser); # used only for tests

# Make sure the module path is present
push(@INC, "./Modules");

if ($ENV{'SERVER_SOFTWARE'} =~ /IIS/) {
     $yyIIS = 1;
     $0 =~ m~(.*)(\\|/)~;
     $yypath = $1;
     $yypath =~ s~\\~/~g;
     chdir($yypath);
     push(@INC, $yypath);
}

### Requirements and Errors ###
$script_root = $ENV{'SCRIPT_FILENAME'};
$script_root =~ s/\/YaBB\.(pl|cgi)//ig;

require "Paths.pl";
require "$vardir/Settings.pl";

# Check for Time::HiRes if debugmodus is on
if ($debug) { eval { require Time::HiRes; import Time::HiRes qw(time); }; }
$START_TIME = time();

require "$vardir/advsettings.txt";
require "$vardir/secsettings.txt";
require "$vardir/membergroups.txt";
require "$vardir/Smilies.txt";
require "$sourcedir/Subs.pl";
require "$sourcedir/DateTime.pl";

## check if hard drive has enough space to safely operate the board.
if ($enable_freespace_check) {
     &freespace;
     my $low_disk_alert = 100000; # in bytes (default 100 KB) put forum on maintenance if quota goes below this value
     if ($FreeBytesAvailableToCaller ne '' && $FreeBytesAvailableToCaller < $low_disk_alert) {
           &automaintenance('on','low_disk');
     } elsif ($FreeBytesAvailableToCaller ne '' && $FreeBytesAvailableToCaller >= $low_disk_alert) {
           &automaintenance('off');
     }
}

# Auto Maintenance Hook
$maintenance = 2 if !$maintenance && -e "$vardir/maintenance.lock";

require "$sourcedir/Load.pl";

# Those who write software only for pay should go hurt some other field.
# - Erik Naggum

&LoadCookie;       # Load the user's cookie (or set to guest)
&LoadUserSettings; # Load user settings
&WhatTemplate;     # Figure out which template to be using.
&WhatLanguage;     # Figure out which language file we should be using! Cheesy

if (-e "$vardir/gmodsettings.txt" && $iamgmod) { require "$vardir/gmodsettings.txt"; }
if (!$masterkey) {
     if ($iamadmin || ($iamgmod && $allow_gmod_admin eq 'on' && $gmod_access{"newsettings\;page\=security"} eq 'on')) {
           $yyadmin_alert = $reg_txt{'no_masterkey'};
     }
     $masterkey = $mbname;
}

$yyfreespace = ($enable_freespace_check && (($debug == 1 && !$iamguest) || ($debug == 2 && $iamgmod) || $iamadmin)) ? qq~<div>$maintxt{'freespace'} $yyfreespace</div>~ : '';

$formsession = &cloak("$mbname$username");

## check for valid form session id ## (reintroduced after someone ripping it out) ##
# Check for any POST requests, except for the admin center ones, and the login/register/reminder ones.
if ($ENV{REQUEST_METHOD} =~ /post/i && $action ne "login2" && $action ne "reminder2" && $action ne "register2") {
     if ($CGI_query && $CGI_query->cgi_error()) { &fatal_error("denial_of_service", $CGI_query->cgi_error()); }
     if (&decloak($FORM{'formsession'}) ne "$mbname$username") { &fatal_error("form_spoofing","$user_ip"); }
}

require "$sourcedir/Guardian.pl";
&guard;

# Check if the action is allowed from an external domain
if ($referersecurity) { &referer_check; }

my $inactsize = -s "$memberdir/memberlist.inactive";
if (-e "$memberdir/memberlist.inactive" && $inactsize > 2 && ($regtype == 1 || $regtype == 2)) {
     &RegApprovalCheck;
     require "$sourcedir/Register.pl";
     &activation_check;
}

my $aprsize = -s "$memberdir/memberlist.approve";
if (-e "$memberdir/memberlist.approve" && $aprsize > 2 && ($regtype == 1 || $regtype == 2) && $yyadmin_alert eq "") {
     &RegApprovalCheck;
}

require "$boardsdir/forum.master";
require "$sourcedir/Security.pl";

&banning;     # Check for banned people
&LoadIMs;     # Load IM's
&nopostorder; # Create nopostorder array

if ($is_perm && $accept_permalink) {
     if ($permtopicfound == 0 && $permtitle ne "") {&fatal_error("no_topic_found","$permtitle|C:$permachecktime|T:$threadpermatime"
); }
     if ($permboardfound == 0) {&fatal_error("no_board_found","$permboard|C:$permachecktime|T:$threadpermatime"
); }
}

$action = $INFO{'action'};
$SIG{__WARN__} = sub { &fatal_error("error_occurred","@_"); };
eval { &yymain; };
if ($@) { &fatal_error("untrapped",":<br />$@"); }

sub yymain {
     # Choose what to do based on the form action
     if ($maintenance) {
           if    ($action eq 'login2')    { require "$sourcedir/LogInOut.pl"; &Login2; }
           # Allow password reminders in case admins forgets their admin password
           elsif ($action eq 'reminder')  { require "$sourcedir/LogInOut.pl"; &Reminder; }
           elsif ($action eq 'validate')  { require "$sourcedir/Decoder.pl"; &convert; }
           elsif ($action eq 'reminder2') { require "$sourcedir/LogInOut.pl"; &Reminder2; }
           elsif ($action eq 'resetpass') { require "$sourcedir/LogInOut.pl"; &Reminder3; }

           if (!$iamadmin) { require "$sourcedir/LogInOut.pl"; &InMaintenance; }
     }

     # Guest can do the very few following actions
     if ($iamguest && $guestaccess == 0) {
           if (!(($action eq 'login') || ($action eq 'login2') || ($action eq 'register') || ($action eq 'register2') || ($action eq 'reminder') || ($action eq 'reminder2')

|| ($action eq 'validate') || ($action eq 'activate') || ($action eq 'resetpass') || ($action eq 'guestpm') || ($action eq 'guestpm2') || ($action eq $randaction))) {
                 &KickGuest;
           }
     }

     if ($action ne "") {
           if ($action eq $randaction) {
                 require "$sourcedir/Decoder.pl"; &convert;
           } else {
                 require "$sourcedir/SubList.pl";
                 if ($director{$action}) {
                       my @act = split(/&/, $director{$action});
                       require "$sourcedir/$act[0]";
                       &{$act[1]};
                 } else {
                       require "$sourcedir/BoardIndex.pl";
                       &BoardIndex;
                 }
           }
     } elsif ($INFO{'num'} ne "") {
           require "$sourcedir/Display.pl";
           &Display;
     } elsif ($currentboard eq "") {
           require "$sourcedir/BoardIndex.pl";
           &BoardIndex;
     } else {
           require "$sourcedir/MessageIndex.pl";
           &MessageIndex;
     }
}
  
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Re: Forum is total mess
Reply #16 - Mar 6th, 2012 at 1:17pm
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The problem isn't in YaBB.pl - it's in default.html or possibly in Paths.pl - both of which can be edited through the Admin panel.

All YaBB.pl (basically) does is decide which template to plug into default.html to show the proper screen.

  

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Reply #17 - Mar 6th, 2012 at 4:50pm
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Dandello wrote on Mar 6th, 2012 at 1:17pm:
The problem isn't in YaBB.pl - it's in default.html or possibly in Paths.pl - both of which can be edited through the Admin panel.

All YaBB.pl (basically) does is decide which template to plug into default.html to show the proper screen.


Dandello's right about this, but to be more specific, your problem is only in the default.html file. I know, because I successfully tested it.

Phil, as I've mentioned, what happened to you is exactly what happened to me. I inadvertently deleted a few lines of code in my forum's template, and the result was exactly what yours was/is; our forum wasn't rendering properly even though it was otherwise working.

Remember, too, that I actually fixed the rendering of your forum yesterday, so it looked just fine when I rendered it locally. Except to say, as I also previously mentioned, the colors were like the colors showing up in this support forum.

So again, if you edit in the lines of code as I listed them, which will only take you a few moments to do, your forum will render properly, at which point you can change to colors that you had with your Orange.css file.

So, the following simple steps will work:

1. Access your Admin Center.

2. Under Forum Layout scroll down to Template.

3. In the Edit Templates text box, insert the lines of code exactly as I've copied them in the box below in between what is highlighted in yellow. Delete everything else in between those highlighted lines of text.

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<title>EUROLURES.CO.UK - Maintenance Mode</title>

<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1" />
<link rel="stylesheet" href="http://www.yabbforum.com/yabbfiles/Templates/Forum/default.css" type="text/css" />
<script language="JavaScript1.2" type="text/javascript" src="http://eurolures.co.uk/yabb/YaBB.js"></script>
<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="10 most recent posts" href="http://eurolures.co.uk/yabb/YaBB.pl?action=RSSrecent" />
<script language="JavaScript1.2" type="text/javascript">

<!--
//force no cache

 


4. Click the Save Default/Default.html icon.

That's it. Your forum will now show up just fine.

Important: As I've already mentioned, It's not appropriate to use this support forum's css file as I listed it above. So once you see that your forum is rendering properly, which it will because I've already tested it locally to see that it works, then you can go to Admin Center to change the forum's colors back to how you had them with your Orange.css file.

Good luck!  Wink

For future reference, always have a backup copy of your forum's files so that you can easily compare, and use any given file when or if it gets corrupted, or if you inadvertently make some errors.

And whenever you work on a backup copy, remember to backup that particular file before you make changes so that you can reference it as needed.

Our forum is backed up regularly at least once a day, and often many times throughout the day, which only takes a few short minutes to do in the background while working on other things. We even have a number of previous backups just in case they're needed, and they are rotated out as new backups are made available.

I can't tell you how many times I've needed to use files that we've backed up.  Roll Eyes

« Last Edit: Mar 6th, 2012 at 5:18pm by Bill Myers »  

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Reply #18 - Mar 6th, 2012 at 5:13pm
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Titusaduxas wrote on Mar 6th, 2012 at 8:18am:
OK

I know the locations of the files.. I have downloaded my yabb.pl file and can edit the code to point to the correct locations. Where should the code be inserted in the yabb.pl file ?? Do I insert the code fragment at the end ??

Phil

My post here should explain it better.

In short, you don't need to edit your YaBB.pl file. Or more accurately, editing your template via your Admin Center will do this for you, and much more easily.

Titusaduxas wrote on Mar 6th, 2012 at 7:40am:
Gosh fellas (and gals  Wink) your knowledge of YaBB is amazing. Please bear with me on this one as for a numpty like me it's a bit daunting but I'm going to see what I can do with it today.

Phil

I think my knowledge of YaBB isn't much more than yours is. Dandello is the one who has the smarts in this area. She seems to be a real computer whiz.

In any case, the only reason I know about this particular problem you're having is because it happened to me exactly as it happened to you, and as such, my results were the same. Thankfully, the rendering of our forum was corrected within a few minutes after I realized what I had done.

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Reply #19 - Mar 6th, 2012 at 5:23pm
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By the way, since you now know the exact location of the files you need, you should be able to easily insert the lines of code you need with your own files, which will of course fix your rendering problem.

  

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Reply #20 - Mar 6th, 2012 at 8:27pm
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Cheesy

Ahaa !! Finally making progress. Just got to sort out the problem with images  Huh Huh then I can look at changing my colours back to what they were.



The Admin Centre still looks weird though
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Thanks for your time it's really appreciated.

Phil
  
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Reply #21 - Mar 6th, 2012 at 9:08pm
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Great progress! Your forum is kind of looking good again (at least in Firefox; not so much IE). One step at a time.  Wink

Just so you know, the AdminIndex.pl file is the one controlling your Admin Center, which will be evident in your address bar when you access it.

I think Dandello may have already mentioned this, but in any case I'm thinking you may have to check/correct the links that are associated in your Absolute Path to your main YaBB directory.

As such, look at the top of that page for the following:

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Absolute Path to your main YaBB directory
This information is useful for troubleshooting purposes

/var/www/virtual/eurolures.co.uk/cgi-bin/yabb/
 



What you see above is just a sample. Your absolute path may be different, but you get the idea. So from there you'll know how to correctly fill in your Path Settings.

Keep in mind that your main directories should be, and probably already are as follows:

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./Admin
./Boards
./Help

Etc. etc.
 



The 3 directories at the bottom of that list will look something like the following:
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/var/www/virtual/eurolures.co.uk/htdocs/yabbfiles
 



But again, on your server this will probably be a bit different. You get the idea.  Wink

Edited:
I should have pointed out that only the main page of your forum will have been kind of corrected. All of the other pages in your forum will look pretty corrupted, including as you already know, your Admin Center page.

Ah, I see you've already corrected this.  Cool

So again, with your missing images, I think you now need to make further corrections to your path settings.

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Reply #22 - Mar 6th, 2012 at 9:46pm
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Regarding your missing images if it helps, as an example with the image of your folder that should be showing up, the following is referenced (and obviously missing):

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http://eurolures.co.uk/yabb/Templates/Forum/default/boards.gif
 



The same thing with your forum's logo as follows:

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http://eurolures.co.uk/yabb/Templates/Forum/default/3dlogo.jpg
 



So to get your images showing again, you'll either have to make sure they're in the directory listed above, or you'll need to find the correct directory, and change that in your path settings. Either way will work.

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Reply #23 - Mar 7th, 2012 at 8:39pm
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Bill Myers wrote on Mar 6th, 2012 at 9:46pm:
Regarding your missing images if it helps, as an example with the image of your folder that should be showing up, the following is referenced (and obviously missing):

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http://eurolures.co.uk/yabb/Templates/Forum/default/boards.gif
 



The same thing with your forum's logo as follows:

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http://eurolures.co.uk/yabb/Templates/Forum/default/3dlogo.jpg
 



So to get your images showing again, you'll either have to make sure they're in the directory listed above, or you'll need to find the correct directory, and change that in your path settings. Either way will work.



Bill

This is what confuses me. The files are there where they should be. Take a look at the Filezilla screenshots.






Huh Also why does it say PDF file for a .gif image file ??? the jpegs show as jpegs.

Phil

  
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Reply #24 - Mar 7th, 2012 at 10:31pm
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I suggest you re-upload your gifs, making sure you upload them as the proper format - (not ascii) - as the mime types on the files seems to have gotten messed up. Alos make sure the files really are the same name. Windows is case-insensitive, but most servers are Linux and so are case sensitive.
  

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Reply #25 - Mar 7th, 2012 at 11:23pm
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Titusaduxas wrote on Mar 7th, 2012 at 8:39pm:
This is what confuses me. The files are there where they should be. Take a look at the Filezilla screenshots.

Since your files seem to be where they should be, double check to see that you can view them locally on your computer. I'm guessing that you can.


Titusaduxas wrote on Mar 7th, 2012 at 8:39pm:
Huh Also why does it say PDF file for a .gif image file ??? the jpegs show as jpegs.

I wouldn't be concerned about your image files being listed as a PDF file type. All that probably means is that your PDF program is the default for viewing those files, or it simply thinks it's supposed to be viewing them.

I think the problem you're having is a relativety simple one. When I try to click open your logo here, the error message that comes up is as follows:

--- Start Error Code ---
Forbidden

You don't have permission to access /yabb/Templates/Forum/default/3dlogo.jpg on this server.

Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.
--- End Error Code ---

My thinking is that the permissions for that folder is not correct. You should check this. If this is the case, this may be the reason that your default.css file is unable to render your forum properly.

You'll want to make note of the following for the correct permissions (per your screenshots):

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public_html/yabb/Templates CHMOD 755

public_html/yabb/Templates/Forum/default/* (all files) (in Binary) CHMOD 755 - you can also try CHMOD 644

public_html/yabb/Templates/Forum/default.css CHMOD 666

 



On a possibly related note, and this will matter if I'm right, your YaBB directory structure seems off to me, but maybe it's fine.

For instance, our YaBB file structure is exactly as it's supposed to be per YaBB's Qucik Start Guide; at least for YaBB 2.4 versus your 2.3 version.

So, where you seem to have public_html/yabb/Templates/Forum/default/.

Our forum has public_html/yabbfiles/Templates/Admin/default/.

I noticed that YaBB's own support forum here has the same file structure that our forum has. Might this be a clue? Just saying.

However, because your forum was working just fine before, my gut tells me your file structure is as it should be. If so, then you may simply have a permissions issue.

Edited:
I just wanted to add that, like anything else when something goes wrong in a forum, it's good to remember the last piece of work that you did that may have caused the problem. Knowing this will be your biggest clue about what may have happened.

On that note when making edits, it's best to edit no more than one or two items at a time unless you're really confident that what you're editing will work as it should.

Otherwise, you'll need to start again with a backed up copy of your original file.

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Reply #26 - Mar 8th, 2012 at 12:54am
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Bill Myers wrote on Mar 6th, 2012 at 6:00am:
Actually, no. That 403 error is really a 404 error, and it's unrelated to the rendering of the forum.

i dont see how you can say that it is unrelated to the rendering of the forum when that is part of the forum its logo and a 403 is more or less access denied where as a 404 is a not found i.e: file not there so how do you work out that That 403 error is really a 404 error Huh
  

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Reply #27 - Mar 8th, 2012 at 1:01am
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Bill Myers wrote on Mar 7th, 2012 at 11:23pm:
I think the problem you're having is a relativety simple one. When I try to click open your logo here, the error message that comes up is as follows:--- Start Error Code ---ForbiddenYou don't have permission to access /yabb/Templates/Forum/default/3dlogo.jpg on this server.Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.--- End Error Code ---My thinking is that the permissions for that folder is not correct. You should check this. If this is the case, this may be the reason that your default.css file is unable to render your forum properly.

yes i pointed that out in a erler post  Roll Eyes  Wink
xnoddyx wrote on Mar 6th, 2012 at 3:38am:
i think there is more to this than just code as when i was trying to load the forum logo here http://eurolures.co.uk/yabb/Templates/Forum/default/3dlogo.jpg it spat out a 403 Forbidden!
so it may also be a permissions problem as well  Roll Eyes
Edited:
or a .htaccess malformed anti hotlinking code problem < i have done this to my self lol

  

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Reply #28 - Mar 8th, 2012 at 1:55am
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xnoddyx wrote on Mar 8th, 2012 at 12:54am:
Bill Myers wrote on Mar 6th, 2012 at 6:00am:
Actually, no. That 403 error is really a 404 error, and it's unrelated to the rendering of the forum.

i dont see how you can say that it is unrelated to the rendering of the forum when that is part of the forum its logo and a 403 is more or less access denied where as a 404 is a not found i.e: file not there so how do you work out that That 403 error is really a 404 error Huh

I used the word "rendering" literally. To clarify, the rendering of the forum is simply the formatting of the forum itself.

One thing I knew for certain was that Phil was missing necessary lines of code in his forum's template to render it properly. I tested this locally, and his forum rendered just fine, albeit it was rendering with other colors.

Subsequently, Phil added those missing lines of code, and now his forum is rendering just fine. What's now missing are the images in his forum. My guess is that permissions are incorrect, and/or the path to his images is incorrect.

Relatively speaking, this particular problem should be easy enough to fix, so with a little bit of tweaking here and there, his forum will probably be working again just fine.

  

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Re: Forum is total mess
Reply #29 - Mar 8th, 2012 at 12:25pm
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I'd religiously go through the CHMOD process again just to be sure. Here's the permissions: http://www.yabbforum.com/codex/YaBB.pl?num=1190660838
  

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