Is it possible to restore a Joomla from non-archive files?

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Is it possible to restore a Joomla from non-archive files?

Post by aridibex » Tue Nov 17, 2020 7:32 am

The computer that I had been using to host a private 3.9.22 Joomla! instance on a Bitnami stack died unexpectedly today, but I was able to save every file within the parent folder/directories that held all the site content, even the stuff from the Bitnami stack. The only problem is I neglected to create a back-up in any form of the site before my PC crapped out, and I only have the raw files.

Is there any way I can reconstruct my old site on another Joomla! instance so I can keep my site content? I've done a little research on my own and all tutorials rely on the old database still being accessible through phpMyAdmin, which I do not have.

Any help or pointers on how to solve this issue would be very much appreciated, I'll provide additional information to the best of my ability if needed. Thank you!

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Re: Is it possible to restore a Joomla from non-archive files?

Post by pe7er » Tue Nov 17, 2020 8:54 am

Welcome to Joomla forum!

What do you mean with "raw files"?

Joomla = files (PHP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and some fonts/images) + (MySQL) database where the content is stored.

That database is stored in files. On my Linux machine MySQL stores its data in /var/lib/mysql/[name of database]
If you mean with "raw files" all the FRM, MYD and MYI files in that [name of database] folder, then you might have a chance to restore it.
See:
https://stackoverflow.com/questions/484 ... ical-files
https://dba.stackexchange.com/a/98675/218799
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Re: Is it possible to restore a Joomla from non-archive files?

Post by aridibex » Tue Nov 17, 2020 3:14 pm

pe7er wrote:
Tue Nov 17, 2020 8:54 am
Welcome to Joomla forum!

What do you mean with "raw files"?

Joomla = files (PHP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and some fonts/images) + (MySQL) database where the content is stored.

That database is stored in files. On my Linux machine MySQL stores its data in /var/lib/mysql/[name of database]
If you mean with "raw files" all the FRM, MYD and MYI files in that [name of database] folder, then you might have a chance to restore it.
See:
https://stackoverflow.com/questions/484 ... ical-files
https://dba.stackexchange.com/a/98675/218799
Hi! Thank you for your response. Yes, I have Joomla files by your definition. I am having trouble locating MySQL database files with those extensions, though.

My stack keeps server things like MySQL in a parent folder C:Bitnami/mysql/data/[dbname], so if that's right I should have them. I looked in this folder, and it contained only IBD files. I am using InnoDB and I have ib_logfile0 and ib_logfile1, but I did not find any FRM, MYD or MYI files after searching the entire parent directory. I do not know or am sure if my MySQL files were stored out of this directory, but if they were, they're gone.

Edit to mention: I am currently on a Windows 10 machine, but if needed I have access to a Linux machine to use terminal commands.

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Re: Is it possible to restore a Joomla from non-archive files?

Post by AMurray » Tue Nov 17, 2020 10:07 pm

Could they simply be hidden files, as set by the Windows O/S? They are not files you'd normally mess with, so might well be hidden.
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Re: Is it possible to restore a Joomla from non-archive files?

Post by aridibex » Tue Nov 17, 2020 11:26 pm

AMurray wrote:
Tue Nov 17, 2020 10:07 pm
Could they simply be hidden files, as set by the Windows O/S? They are not files you'd normally mess with, so might well be hidden.
I changed the setting to check for hidden files and didn't find anything new. I checked it against a fresh Bitnami Joomla stack install and searched the whole directory. There aren't any hidden FRM, MYD, or MYI files. All IBD for the most part. :(

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Re: Is it possible to restore a Joomla from non-archive files?

Post by aridibex » Thu Nov 19, 2020 3:01 am

I'm looking to other forums for additional help. Thank you for the responses so far.


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