Information About the Latest XMB Patch Cycle

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Patch #13, released on 4 February 2012, offers sixteen new bug fixes for your XMB forum.

Since the first release of XMB 1.9.11 over two years ago, nearly 200 documented improvements and bug fixes have been added. Everyone should consider how to take advantage of these free updates.

Do you need to patch your forum?

Anyone running version 1.9.11 can copy the latest files to benefit from these patches. No upgrade steps are required.

Every copy of XMB 1.9.11 has the same version number. Patching simply means that your copy includes the latest bug fixes. So, whether you have the original release package, a copy from one year ago, or patch #12, the procedures are the same.

Updating your files

There are many strategies you can choose from that are listed below.

The easiest way to update your XMB 1.9.11 files is to download the latest full package and copy the new files over the old ones. Since the patched files still have the same version number they are completely compatible with your XMB database. On the other hand, it is common for XMB webmasters to customize their files, so one of the other strategies might be better for you.

If you originally installed the package, or if you are updating regularly and already updated with Patch #12, then you can use a patch file to automatically make changes to your files. This file is available in the list of patches in our forums.

Sometimes the easiest way to update files is to merge them. This means you could use a program like ~TortoiseMerge to compare your files against the new files and apply the changes without deleting your customizations.

If you really enjoy editing your files, there is a full history of changes available in the XMB SVN repository. SVN can be used to generate patches for specific files or a range of changes that you want to use.

Updating your templates

This step is completely optional, but it is sometimes necessary to change the templates to fix problems in XMB. Updating your templates will give you the full benefit of Patch #13.

If your templates are not customized, then all you have to do is upload the file named templates.xmb to your forum directory. Then, in the XMB Administration Panel, click the Templates link, and then the Restore All button.

If you have custom templates, the best strategy is to merge or edit them all at once. To do that, simply use the Backup All button to download all of your templates in a single file. Then all you have to do is compare your current file to the file named templates.xmb that comes with the latest XMB package. When the files are merged and saved, you will have one file with all of your templates including customizations and patches. Then upload the file to your forum directory and click the Restore All button.

If you really enjoy editing your templates, you can of course go through them one by one in the Administration Panel and apply the changes from a patch file or SVN information.

Updating your database

This step is completely optional. As part of the previous Patch #11, there were two changes made to optimize performance in the database. You can find the instructions for safely updating your database in the patches forum.

Do you need to upgrade your forum?

The latest release of XMB 1.9.11 includes the best upgrade system ever offered, for webmasters running older versions of XMB.

From XMB 1.8, and XMB 1.9.1 through XMB 1.9.10

There is only one upgrade that you have to do now. In the past this wasn't possible, but now you can upgrade directly from any version as old as XMB 1.8 in a single procedure. So if you've fallen a few versions behind, that's okay. We still want you to upgrade!

From XMB 1.6 and older forums

At this time, it will still be necessary to follow the instructions provided with the older versions on how to get upgraded to XMB 1.8. After that, you can then go directly to XMB 1.9.11.

And the hacks...

We now have a library of over 70 different hacks (XMB modifications) that are compatible with version 1.9.11. This includes the famous XMB Portal System and the Shop hack. More hacks are being added and upgraded all the time. For example, changes were included with Patch #12 that will allow for better integration of the Avatar Upload hack.

Please bring any questions or comments about XMB updates to our forums.