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[SOLVED] update from 3.3.3 to 3.5.3 -- is deleting "bfa_ata_" options safe?

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Old Nov 21, 2010, 07:40 AM
6 posts · Jun 2009

I'm just accomplishing the update 3.3.3 -> 3.5.3. I'm "playing safe" within a copy of my website, so screwing anything wouldn't be bad.

3.3.5 somehow "imported" my old settings automatically (the custom CSS inserts e.g.). Did it import everything from my 3.3.3 version?

I then did some changes in the theme options and then saved these new options. Then I was reading that all options are now stored in one database field instead of many: in the "bfa_ata4" field. Fine, I thought, then I can delete the old crap, because it's not needed anymore, because aaall my settings are now within bfa_ata4 ... and I searched like this:

SELECT * FROM `wp_options` WHERE `option_name` LIKE 'bfa_ata_%'

Then I deleted them all. For the moment, it looks like everything is still working. Good. But -- of course -- now I ask myself if I perhaps have lost something. I should know this, before I make this new system live

Was deleting all these bfa_ata_* options safe?

Thank you for this hard work!

Last edited by jgehrcke; Nov 21, 2010 at 08:08 AM. Reason: typo in version number!
Old Nov 21, 2010, 10:53 AM
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yes it was safe, the first thing that happens when you upgrade is the options from all the 'bfa_ata_...' rows in the database are read then merger into one row, the 'bfa_ata4' row. so at that point, you have two copies of your settings. If you pressed the 'delete bfa_ata4' row it will delete it then look to see if you have the 'bfa_ata_.. rows and build it from there, or if it doesn't find them, if builds it from the defaults.

once the bfa_ata4 row is built, the other rows are just clutter and can be removed, just remember after you delete them, don't press that 'delete bfa_ata3' button...and

BACKUP your data base (doing an export of your style settings is a good idea too ato->Export/iImport Settings->Export Atahualpa settings as file
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Old Nov 21, 2010, 12:31 PM
6 posts · Jun 2009
Thank you for the clarification!

We can mark this as resolved :-)


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