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Sun, Jan 16, 2011 6:53 pm

SMF Packages Not Installing

On two Simple Machines Forum (SMF) forums, whenever I tried to install a package, I would see a message that the package installed successfully, but whenever I checked Installed Packages, I would see "No mods currently installed".

I would click on Browse Packages, then click on Apply Mod.

In some cases, if there was no forum/Packages/temp directory, I would see the message below:

An Error Has Occured!

You cannot download or install new packages because the Packages directory or one of the files in it are not writable!

If I created the temp directory and gave it permissions of 777 with mkdir temp; chmod 777 temp, I would be able to click on Apply Mod and see the Installation Readme page where I could click on Install Now. I would then see a message that I would be redirected to the application's configuration page, if it had one, but I would instead just be redirected to the forum's main page or, if the package didn't have a configuration page, I would see the message below:

Extracting Package

The package was installed successfully. You should now be able to use whatever functionality it adds or changes; or not be able to use functionality it removes.

But when I would check Installed Packages afterwards, the package would never be there.

When I checked the Forum Error Log which is under the Admin link for the forum, I would see lots of entries similar to the following:

fopen(/home/jdoe/example/forum/Sources/ManagePermissions.php) [function.fopen]: failed to open stream: Permission denied
File: /home/amy/www/moondreaming/forum/Sources/Subs-Package.php
Line: 1918

Some entries might have fclose, copy, or gzwrite instead of fopen. E.g.,

2: gzwrite(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource
File: /home/jdoe/example/forum/Sources/Subs-Package.php
Line: 2098

Under Download Packages for FTP Information Required, I saw "To download packages, the Packages directory and files in it need to be writable - and they are not currently. The package manager can use your FTP information to fix this." I put in the FTP username, password, and forum information. I replaced "/forum" with the full path to the forum in the Local path to SMF field, e.g., "/home/jdoe/example/forum". The message went away when I tested the settings.

I was then able to select a package from beneath Browse Packages, choose Apply Mod, then Install Now and then see the package appear when I checked Installed Packages.

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Sun, Jan 16, 2011 5:07 pm

Adding httpBL to Block Forum Spammers

There is a Simple Machines Forum (SMF) module, MOD httpBL, that can help you combat forum spammers. This mod uses the http:BL API from Project Honey Pot to stop spammers from accesing your forum. The mod is completely compatible with M-DVD's MOD Stop Spammer. You can have both mods installed or only one of them to stop the spammers in your forum, but I would recommend you use both.

The developer of the httpBL module describes the differences between the two modules as follows:

As recommended on the httpBL mod webpage, you should read the well-written tutorial prior to installing the module.

There are some steps you need to take prior to using the module as is explained in the tutorial.

Once you've taken the above steps, you can install the httpBL module the way you normally would install an SMF module. E.g., you could take the following steps to install it after you download the httpBL module.

  1. Log into your SMF forum with an administrator account.
  2. Click on Admin.
  3. Click on Packages.
  4. Click on Download Packages.
  5. Under Upload a Package, click on the Browse button to browse to where you've downloaded the module then click on the Upload button once you've selected the zip file you downloaded.
  6. To the right of the module name, which is httpBL, you will see an Apply Mod link; click on it.
  7. You will then see the installation readme file. Click on the Install Now button at the bottom of the page. Provide the password for the administrator account, if prompted. You should then be taken to a forum webpage where you can configure http:BL. If you need to reconfigure it later, you should see the option Mod httpBL listed under Members when you click on Admin.

Note: if you aren't using the default theme, you may need to edit index.template.php manually as explained in the tutorial.

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