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Mod Version: 2.3.0, by AndrewD (R.I.P) AndrewD is offline
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vB Version: 3.8.2 Rating: (20 votes - 4.85 average) Installs: 156
Released: 14 Jun 2009 Last Update: 14 Feb 2010 Downloads: 2104
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LDM is a general-purpose tool for managing libraries of links and files, and handling uploads and downloads in a flexible way, while tracking and control user access. It has a range of integrated media players and a large library of 'plugin' extras.

Installation and Usage Explained in the on-line Wiki, with a brief explanation in the file instructions.txt in the release zip.

Please use carefully and always backup your database before upgrading. Post reports of problems and suggestions for enhancements in this thread. You can also find extensive discussion of this mod in the VB3.7 mods section.

14.06.09 Version 2.3.0 is the the officially-supported version. Works with 3.7 and vb 3.8.

14.02.10 Post-1 version uploaded with minor bug fixes, including dealing with PHP 5.2.12


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Old 14 Feb 2010, 10:15
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Updated code

I've uploaded an update to this version, which corrects the reported error with PHP 5.2.12 and a few other minor bug fixes. No major changes made, and none planned - development has switched to the vb4.0 code.
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Old 14 Feb 2010, 16:55
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Thanks for responding so fast!
Originally Posted by AndrewD View Post
These are both done via the ldm admin/settings page.

1) You either have (or have had) installed the "add-page-information" 'extra' which gives you a group on controls and a the text box (pageinfo_message) to set this message.
I'm pretty sure I haven't added any special add-ons to LDM nor to vB besides LDM. When I go to the LDM admin console I can't find any reference to "pageinfo_message". If I do have it installed then where would I find the value to edit it?

2) This is done with the "use_instructions" box on the settings page.
The "use_instructions" box is empty.

The first of these messages can be modified on a per-category basis (using the edit category/control settings page) but the second can only be set globally.
None of the existing custom text I'm wanting to change appears anywhere in any box in the LDM admin console. I'm not sure I've accurately described the text areas I want to change. Don't know why I didn't think to give links before.

The first area I want to edit can be viewed at http://www.spellquizzer.com/communit...ks.php?catid=1. The text area I want to edit is the light blue inside box that has the following text"
SpellQuizzer spelling lists that have been exported to an .sqexp file and can be imported into SpellQuizzer. Only one spelling list per export file please.
- Click the "Upload a Spelling File" menu link in the blue menu bar above to upload an exported spelling list of your own.
- Click the "How to Import Spelling Lists" link in the Pencil menu above for help on how to import a list into SpellQuizzer.
The second text area I want to change is at http://www.spellquizzer.com/communit...ddlink&catid=1. Unfortunately, you need to be signed in to my forum to view that page. But the text I want to change is the heading of the form for uploading files. The current text reads "User Uploaded Spelling Lists" which isn't really right since this is a form for uploading lists, not browsing existing lists. I'm thinking this may be a category title I somehow set previously and that it has to be the same for both the page where existing entries are listed as well as the upload form. It would be nice if I could have different headings for those two pages since they are functionally different (one for browsing/downloading while the other is for uploading). Feel free to register with the forum to be able to view the page (though I'll of course understand if you don't want to) I'm referring to here.
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Old 15 Feb 2010, 06:29
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Sorry, I jumped to conclusions too quickly.

Originally Posted by Zookie View Post
The first area I want to edit can be viewed at http://www.spellquizzer.com/communit...ks.php?catid=1. The text area I want to edit is the light blue inside box that has the following text"
SpellQuizzer spelling lists that have been exported to an .sqexp file and can be imported into SpellQuizzer. Only one spelling list per export file please.
- Click the "Upload a Spelling File" menu link in the blue menu bar above to upload an exported spelling list of your own.
- Click the "How to Import Spelling Lists" link in the Pencil menu above for help on how to import a list into SpellQuizzer.
This is the "extended description" for the category, which is changed by going into "Edit Category".

Originally Posted by Zookie View Post
The second text area I want to change is at http://www.spellquizzer.com/communit...ddlink&catid=1. Unfortunately, you need to be signed in to my forum to view that page. But the text I want to change is the heading of the form for uploading files. The current text reads "User Uploaded Spelling Lists" which isn't really right since this is a form for uploading lists, not browsing existing lists. I'm thinking this may be a category title I somehow set previously and that it has to be the same for both the page where existing entries are listed as well as the upload form. It would be nice if I could have different headings for those two pages since they are functionally different (one for browsing/downloading while the other is for uploading). Feel free to register with the forum to be able to view the page (though I'll of course understand if you don't want to) I'm referring to here.
As you say, this header is simply the category name. You could change it (if you really want to - beware that you will then need to remember you made the change if you upgrade) by editing the links_addnewlink template. Find the sequence that reads:

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

and replace $viewcatname by whatever text you want.

I think that a better (cleaner) solution will be to leave this title alone and set the "use_instructions" for the category by going to Edit Category/Control Settings. The text you enter there will appear immediately under the title.
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Old 15 Feb 2010, 16:58
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Thank you Andrew! I'm all set now!
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Old 17 Feb 2010, 02:18
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Originally Posted by AndrewD View Post
This turns out to be a warning generated in php version 5.2.12 but not in earlier versions, which explains why it is only just being reported.

You can fix the problem (I think) by editing one of the code files, includes/local_links_include.php. If you are not comfortable making edits, get back to me.

a) Make a backup copy of that file, in case something goes wrong
b) Find function ldm_catcmp, which is between lines 1543 and 1571 in your version of LDM
c) Replace all these lines by the contents of the attached.

Let me know if that fixes things.
That helped, i was having that issue after moving another site
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Old 06 Mar 2010, 21:33
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Very interesting, I might change from my current file manager to this.

However, as I have about 700 or so files to transfer, does this offer some sort of import feature which I can use to avoid having to enter in each file 700 times? If not, what other alternatives is there within this mod that will help me achieve this?

Also, is it possible to have one directory for each category on the server?

Last edited by j1mmy; 06 Mar 2010 at 23:26.
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Old 07 Mar 2010, 13:33
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Originally Posted by j1mmy View Post
Very interesting, I might change from my current file manager to this.

However, as I have about 700 or so files to transfer, does this offer some sort of import feature which I can use to avoid having to enter in each file 700 times? If not, what other alternatives is there within this mod that will help me achieve this?

Also, is it possible to have one directory for each category on the server?
There are several options that you may find useful:

a) You can set up LDM to carry out automatic synchronisations of directories and categories. This will bring in all your existing entries and maintain the directory/category alignment. It will not automatically name/describe all your entries, but see c).

b) You can create and import an xml file describing the database you want to set up, including entry names, descriptions, urls, etc.

c) You can also update the names/descriptions of a synchronised database via an xml file.

There is some explanation of these steps in the online wiki.
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Old 23 Mar 2010, 02:44
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In my forum, I have subforums that are really links to a LDM category. These subforums list the latest entry. The width of this listing is very narrow, which makes titles to be spread over several lines. This looks very ugly.
Is there a way to control this and make it wider? Or alternatively turn it off?

A small bug/inconsistency: the number of files in a category are listed, but not the number of comments. It seems that the number of files belongs in the 'threads' column, while the number of comments belongs in the 'posts' column. Currently the number of files is listed in the 'posts' column.
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Old 30 Mar 2010, 09:01
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Hi,
I do have problems to get webthumbs runnig.

Easywebthumbs is working.
Normal Upload is working
Thumbnails for Uploaded Photos is working.
Directory is set to 777

But whatever i edit with the webthumbs plug in enabled give me a error:

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

Or have anyone an Idea how to use http://fadeout.de/ for that.
They have very nice screen shots and it for free.

Thanks
Christian
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Old 30 Mar 2010, 09:38
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Originally Posted by CThiessen View Post
Hi,
I do have problems to get webthumbs runnig.

Easywebthumbs is working.
Normal Upload is working
Thumbnails for Uploaded Photos is working.
Directory is set to 777

But whatever i edit with the webthumbs plug in enabled give me a error:

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

Or have anyone an Idea how to use http://fadeout.de/ for that.
They have very nice screen shots and it for free.

Thanks
Christian
Christian, there's a coding bug in the plugin, which had been there for some time but no-one had noticed.

You can fix it easily as follows:

- go to vb/admincp/products and plugins/manage plugins
- edit the plugin called "Links and Downloads Manager - Use BlugaNet WebThumb to autoimage a site" which is atached to hook ldm_link_autoimage
- go almost to the end of the code (it's quite long) and find the sequence:


Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

and change the last of these lines to


Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

- Save

That should do it.
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Old 30 Mar 2010, 10:33
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Hi,
thanks for the fast response.

I am not a coder but if I take out the beginning "{" should i take out everything until the closing "}"?

I took out only the second ")".
At least i do have not an error but also no thumbnail.

Christian
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Old 30 Mar 2010, 11:12
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Originally Posted by CThiessen View Post
Hi,
thanks for the fast response.

I am not a coder but if I take out the beginning "{" should i take out everything until the closing "}"?

I took out only the second ")".
At least i do have not an error but also no thumbnail.

Christian
If you're not getting an error, you've probably got the fix right. Just to be clear, on the last of the lines, you're changing ")) {" to ");".

I've just retested the plugi on my test site and it seems to work fine. The thumbnail is created at the moment you add or edit the entry.

If you want, I'll take a look at your site to check if I can see any problem - will need an account with vb admin privileges.
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Old 06 Apr 2010, 02:45
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Hello Andrew

I have used LDM for years and I love it, now I have a couple of questions

How do I know if notifications are sent to the users (who have downloaded the link) when the link is edited?

If I have created the link and downloaded the file afterwards, do I get an email notification as well?
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Old 07 Apr 2010, 05:58
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Originally Posted by Ipuck View Post
Hello Andrew

I have used LDM for years and I love it, now I have a couple of questions

How do I know if notifications are sent to the users (who have downloaded the link) when the link is edited?

If I have created the link and downloaded the file afterwards, do I get an email notification as well?
Hi there - good to hear from you again

LDM does not send email announcements when a link is edited. Is this an important feature? (it might get added in the vb 4 version if there is a real need) - but be aware that this could cause a serious performance hit with sites where there is a lot of user access, because it can only work if LDM's records of downloads are kept permanently in the database.
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Old 07 Apr 2010, 07:10
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Hi there - good to hear from you again

LDM does not send email announcements when a link is edited. Is this an important feature? (it might get added in the vb 4 version if there is a real need) - but be aware that this could cause a serious performance hit with sites where there is a lot of user access, because it can only work if LDM's records of downloads are kept permanently in the database.
Hello Andrew

Thank you for taking the time to response.

I get it now.

Since the number of hits gets very large (over 10,000 every week) I erase all the hits weekly and that's the reason LDM is no longer sending the notifications. Hit erase=no notification.

I wasn't sure how LDM worked and I was worry it was going to overload my server every time a link was updated. I only have 1k emails per day.

Thanks again and I hope you feeling better now.
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