I accidentally the whole board.. then fixed it.

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I accidentally the whole board.. then fixed it.

Postby [DRuG]NikT on Wed Jan 25, 2023 6:21 pm

Not often I make an update these days - site is mainly still up for historical purposes but I was on last night removing someone's details at their request and decided to ban a spammer.

Not sure what happened, maybe they had a weird IP saved or something, but once I hit ban, nobody *even admin* could log in - just this message


In case I have to fix it again, the tradition is I post the solution here, in case it helps someone else or at very least future me.

1. removed all recent IP bans directly from banlist in database
2. tested - still same error
3. remembered phpbb caches everything in it's database, so changes don't always appear immediately.
4. bust brain on how I can purge cache while locked out of the board - button is in admin panel, requiring login
5. google it & find a page on phpbb forums
6. Make afile.php with code in it as follows:

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define('IN_PHPBB', true);
$phpbb_root_path = './';  // Relative to your phpBB installation path
$phpEx = substr(strrchr(__FILE__, '.'), 1);
include($phpbb_root_path . 'common.' . $phpEx);


die( 'done' ); 

7. Open it in browser - it says "Done"
8. Fixed! board lets us back in again.

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