Mambo questions (migration/version)

Posted on 2012-03-16
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Hi, can you please help me identify which Mambo version I am running (I have FTP access), and how to migrate from an old Linux server (cPanel 11) to a new Linux server (Plesk 9)? Any guides for that? Thanks
Question by:darkbluegr
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by:Rowby Goren
ID: 37731217
Are you sure it's Mambo and not Joomla?

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by:Rowby Goren
ID: 37731627
You should also be able to reset your mambo administrator password by using  the phymyadmin in your cpanel by following the instructions on this page:


Once you do that then log into your mambo  website probably in this way:


Your username is probably admin
The password would be the new password you created in phpmyadmin.
Once you get that far, then you should probably find the version of mambo either on the bottom of the admin page, or perhaps there is a link called Info, or something like that.

Check here (for instance) for mambo server requirements to see if it matches your newe server.  


Mambo is so "old" that I suppose it might be possible that you will have to "downgrade" your server to match whatever Mambo requires....  Pay attention to what version of php mambo likes and of course what version of mysql  mambo likes.  Maybe it can run fine in todays latest versions of those key areas -- others please jump in here too!

Once you do that, then copy the mysql database via phpmyadmin, and then import it into your new mysql database.
Mambo probably has a file called configuration.php (at least Joomla does) so you will have to alter certain lines in that to match your new mysql info.  

Not much activity on the mambo site since 2008...


But see if you can find additional info there...

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ID: 37735847
thank you very much, it seems the previous web development company that developed the site has removed mambo messages and instead of the version it shows "developed by XXXX"
is there any other file (like version.conf or something similar) that would show the current version? I assume i have to re-install the same mambo package to the new server before I start copying files over.. right?

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Rowby Goren earned 2000 total points
ID: 37735955
No, you would not install a fresh copy of  mambo on the new server.  You would "just' copy over all the files from the old server to the new server via ftp.  AND add the mysql database file to the cpanel via phpmyadmin or similar.

I started using Joomla just as it was converted from Mambo -- it was the same "product" but renamed Joomla.  Over the years it has changed so much and I don't recall if there was any other files or links that would show the version.  

In the more recent Joomla a drop down in the admin area that says "help" or "system information".  Perhaps there is such a link in the Mambo admin area.

In theory all you would have to do is:

1)  Make sure your new server is "downgraded" if necessary to accept the older version of php and mysql that the older version of Mambo needs.

2)  Modify the configuration.php file (as I recall Mambo's config file might have a different name -- check the mambo website for the name of that file.  For example it will need the mysql info.

3)  Upload all of the files via ftp to the web root.

4)  Import the old database into the new site's database -- you might run into a few hiccups if some of the formatting isn't liked by the new site's newer version of mysql.

I assume the site is too big to start all over with a Joomla version???.  If it is a small site, it might be easier to just install Joomla 2.5 and rebuild the site -- especially if you run into server issues because of the older version of Mambo.  


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I see some paths in the mysql that are hard-coded :(

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