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Moodle 2 “…it is a semi catastrophe…”

Today is the first time I’ve looked at the forums over in moodle-land in a couple of months and it seems not much has changed. Moodle 2 is still a disaster, or in the words of the very first post I read, a “semi catastrophe”. This was supposed to be the summer of upgrade to Moodle 2 after it being declared “stable” for a year new. Other than single user hobby sites, I doubt 1% of the real production sites out there have upgraded. Maybe Moodle 3.0, due to be released in 2020 will solve everyone’s problem ;-). For now, it looks like 1.9 will be around for a very long time….officially supported or not.

I am having major problems migrating courses, data and user information from 1.9.8 to 2.1. The main problems are

1. Most data is not available in the course area (moodledata)

– After clicking on a certain uploaded file in a course I get the message “This legacy resource type (file) was not yet migrated, sorry.”

Somehow the conversion of most of the path information for files is messed up in the database. There was a bug tracker about this and there have been lots of posts about it. Some say it’s an issue of the web host (php max_limit, etc.).

2. Another issue is that after migrating to moodle 2.1 courses which previously had two teachers now only have one.

Is there anyone who has successfully migrated a large (ie. hundreds of courses and thousands of users) moodle 1.9.x installation to 2.0 or 2.1?

I’m starting to think that it simply won’t work and that I should just start from scratch with moodle 2.1. For me it is a semi catastrophe that I can’t just migrate all my classes from moodle 1.9 to 2.1.

Source: http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=181039#p788633


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  1. Erika
    September 11th, 2011 at 04:04 | #1

    Hi, I saw this video of yours on youtube on how to set up WP on Just Host. It worked but then i started to get 404s when I’d try to log into WP. I was wondering if you had any tutorials on failed installations or something. Sorry I had to send a comment, I did not know how to reach you.

  2. September 13th, 2011 at 10:17 | #2

    Erika – maybe post a message against one of his WordPress posts, not a Moodle one.

  3. February 24th, 2012 at 03:06 | #3

    See the date of this is rather ‘old’, but interesting to see that the issues in migration may not be resolved. Might never get resolved. 🙁
    Just did a migration from a 1.9.16+ to a 2.2.1+ and in efforts to reduce ‘legacy’
    here’s what I did: In the data directory of the Moodle to be migrated, created a ‘repository’ directory in anticipation of turning on file system repos. The copied all the course ID folders into the repository directory. So the folder “1” not only resided in moodledata but also in the repository directory.
    After the migration, if files could not be found, all I had to do was create a file system repo for the course (example: 1 became ‘front page’) and thus could at least re-link to files. Yes, much work, but at least I didn’t have to re-upload all those files.

  4. February 26th, 2012 at 12:55 | #4

    Yea, does sound like a lot of work. If one was upgrading from Moodle 1.9 I would first suggest looking at a 21st century LMS like Canvas. However, if you must stick with Modle, then treat it like you were upgrading from a completely different system and set up a new Moodle 2 install and move stuff over manually. @Ken Task

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