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I have been tasked with migrating Bugzilla to a new server. So far I have been able to get the environment set up properly following this guide, but I am unable to find the data directory I need to copy to the new install location (Step #4)

This seems pretty straightforward but I haven't been able to find it anywhere in the old Bugzilla directory, or any other resources about this. Both servers (old and new) are running Linux. I am upgrading from Bugzilla 4.0.2 to 4.2.4

Any ideas of what I am missing would be greatly appreciated.


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The data directory is directly off the top-level Bugzilla directory. It must exist if your Bugzilla is working, because the file "data/params" contains all of the parameters defining how Bugzilla works. If it's not present, any attempt to access a Bugzilla page will give this error:

The ./data/params file does not exist. You probably need to run 
at Bugzilla/ line 317.

The only possible reason it might not exist is that your Bugzilla has never been used, and you've never even run - but if that's so, why are you "moving" rather than doing a new install?


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You're right. I was referencing an old (broken) install on Bugzilla. Once I found the right instal location the data folder was in the root Bugzilla directory and I was able to transfer the existing data to a fresh install. – Jared D Jan 22 '13 at 17:39

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