vBulletin 3.5 Release Candidate 3
Release Candidate 3 represents what we hope will be the final unstable release prior to the full vBulletin 3.5.0 offering.
What is a Release Candidate?
A release candidate differs from a beta release in that there are no known bugs. However, this does not mean that there aren't any bugs. A release candidate represents a version of the software that we believe is ready for release, but requires some more testing before we're sure.
This release comprises all the bugs reported and fixed since 3.5 RC2. Of particular note is a workaround to a new issue present in PHP 5.0.5 and 5.1.x versions, relating to shutdown functions. We hope that the PHP developers will come to their senses and fix this problem but until they do we must work around it.
A behavior in vBulletin has been altered, that being that if birthdays are required at registration then users may not alter their birth date afterwards (the admin can change it for them). If your board was set to require birthdays at registration, you will need to re-enable this option via vBulletin Options > User Profile Options > Require Date of Birth.
Queries in external.php and in the find new posts system have been optimized for faster processing.
Other bugs of note fixed in RC3:
* A problem relating to right-to-left boards showing text that should always be displayed in left-to-right fashion incorrectly has been resolved. Email addresses, URLs and instant messenger handles are now always displayed left-to-right. [view]
* When logging in using the navbar form on a no permission page, the tab order of the form fields was unintuitive, this has now been resolved. [view]
* The inability to edit your password and email while your profile is locked has been rectified [view]
* A problem whereby the newpost_attachmentbit appeared to not be used has been solved [view]
* if you are a guest and the only person viewing a forum or a thread, the currenly active user's box will now display Browsing: 1 Guest instead of not appearing [view]
* The 'please upgrade to vBulletin 3.5' error message that was displayed when the datastore cache became corrupt has been changed to something far more verbose and descriptive. [view]
As this is still not considered a stable release, the same caveats from previous beta releases still apply:
* Pre-release software is unsupported. You should install pre-release versions at your own risk.
* You should always back up your database fully before attempting to install pre-release software.
* If you choose to install this version, you should be aware that there may be a new version released within a very short period of time. Do not install this version if you are not willing or able to keep up-to-date with new releases.
* ImpEx does not support the 3.5 code yet, and will not support it until the release of 3.5.0 (stable).
Installation / Upgrade
These use the same process as all previous vBulletin 3 releases. Please refer to an earlier release announcement for full instructions.
As this is still not a stable release, full changed file lists will not be provided.