MyBB Development Update: Attachments

In anticipation of the release of first beta/preview of MyBB 1.2, I’ve been committing a lot of small features here and there. Some of them are from past suggestions on the Suggestions forum on the Community Forums (which proves that yes we do add features that people suggest to the MyBB releases). However, there are others that I have added on my own.

One of the sections I concentrated on during the last few days was the Attachment Manager, in both the Admin CP and User CP. I thought that it lacked some functionality, including finding broken attachments. There are three main ways where an attachment can be “lost.” First of all, the attachment can exist in the database, but the actual file has gone missing (directly deleted, or otherwise). Secondly, the attachment does exist in the uploads folder, but has lost its identification in the database. Thirdly, the attachment may not be associated with a post (eg. uploaded to a post that never was posted). I’ve started to implement an “Orphan Search” page in the Admin CP which currently searches for attachments that are in the uploads folder but aren’t associated in the database, and also gives an option to delete them. Regarding the first problem, I’ve added colour coding in the main attachment search page in the Admin CP that indicates that the file associated with the attachment does not exist. Now there are also a bit more detailed attachment statistics in the User CP (I thought that one line in the thead wasn’t sufficient ;)) I’ll probably be working on this more after the release of 1.2 so there will hopefully be more to come, for the attachment managers.

Anyway, as we’re nearing the release of the 1.2, I can see that there have been some significant modifications to certain parts of MyBB. Most of the changes were within the code. As you probably know, we are always looking for ways to make MyBB more OOP, so you’ll see a few new classes in the code. MySQL full-text searching capability should make its way into this release. This will hopefully make searching a lot better for both the user and the server. These are not all the changes, but just the few major ones. We like to give people surprises, so we’ll let you see them when it’s released 🙂

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