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BuddyPress & Activity Stream Permalinks

  • Stigmartyr


    Recently I updated to all the latest versions of BP and WP. Everything seemed to be going swell, except then I realized that in our activity streams certain links are not working as they should, rather they are redirecting to the home page. Is there some way to force refresh all the permalinks in Buddypress perhaps?

    My permalink structure is:

    When I hover over the ‘view’ link my browser status bar shows the URL is formated by BP like:

    Normally when you click the ‘view’ link the site will redirect to the correct URL like:

    Oddly enough if I take a link that isn’t working and I manually form the URL like the end result should look even that goes to a home page for any of the links/activity posts that aren’t working…

    Some of my links are doing this correctly and some of them just redirect to the home page. I’ve tried changing and saving my permalink structure countless times but the issue persists. The permalinks can be changed in the dashboard I verified that’s working because my URL structure changes, but it doesn’t resolve the issue I’m having with activity links..

    I’ve read tutorials on modifying .htaccess with stuff like:

    ‘RedirectMatch 301 /([0-9]+)/([0-9]+)/([0-9]+)/(.*)$$4’

    However Im not that savy with .htaccess rules and I don’t think the above code is written correctly to handle activity links. Also if I’m manually forming the URLs and they don’t work I don’t expect this method would work either..

    I’ve tried this with the default BP theme and it’s still broken. I’ve researched as many threads as I could on this site and and while I now better understand the use of permalinks I’m still stumped on this issue.

    1. Which version of WordPress are you running? WP 3.2.1 (Multisite)
    2. Did you install WordPress as a directory or subdomain install? installed in root
    3. If a directory install, is it in root or in a subdirectory? n/a
    4. Did you upgrade from a previous version of WordPress? If so, from which version? 2.9.x
    5. Was WordPress functioning properly before installing/upgrading BuddyPress (BP)? e.g. permalinks, creating a new post, commenting. Yes
    6. Which version of BP are you running? 1.2.9
    7. Did you upgraded from a previous version of BP? If so, from which version? the version that came just before 1.2.9 (I’ve only been using BP about 2 months)
    8. Do you have any plugins other than BuddyPress installed and activated? If so, which ones? Several plugins for BP including /blog removal from permalinks, BP Album, FB Autoconnect, etc. I’ve tried disabling them all and that didn’t make any difference.
    9. Are you using the standard BuddyPress themes or customized themes? ReviewIt theme from Ghostpool. However the issue persists in the BP default theme.
    10. Have you modified the core files in any way? Only style sheet (css)
    11. Do you have any custom functions in bp-custom.php? not that I’m aware of
    12. If running bbPress, which version? Or did your BuddyPress install come with a copy of bbPress built-in? Used the Buddypress included files to activate a new instance of forums
    13. Please provide a list of any errors in your server’s log files. 404 errors to old permalinked pages and ‘deprecated with’ errors related to a classifieds plugin, I just turned php error reporting off.
    14. Which company provides your hosting? We have our own colo in Dallas
    15. Is your server running Windows, or if Linux; Apache, nginx or something else? WinServer 2k8 running Apache and php5

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  • Stigmartyr


    p.s. I noticed tonight that this issue is occuring with private groups in particular. If I make them public all the activity posts on the page vanish but new activity posts are working when clicking the ‘view’ link. When I change it back to private all the previous posts show up again but the View Thread / Permalink URL is broken again.

    I found this ticket opened earlier this year for what sounds like the same kind of issue but it was closed. I can definitely reproduce it at will:



    Sitgmartyr – This issue has been reported and fixed, but unfortunately there will not be a public, new release under the 1.2 series because attention has shifted to 1.5.

    However, you can patch and fix this yourself:

    Or download the 1.2 dev branch and overwrite your current “buddypress” folder: (scroll to the bottom and click on the ZIP download)

    Remove all your htaccess code that you’ve added as that isn’t related to this issue.



    @r-a-y – you were absolutely right and I have to apologize for a great deal of my frustration here was relieved when sometime around 5am this morning I changed my google search parameters and stumbled upon the BP ticket trac thing you posted above.

    I found Boones fix and applied it. Then I had to also update the permalinks.php file in my custom theme folder as well and it worked.

    So I want to thank you and the team for being on top of things as it’s quite clear once I found that ticket queue that people are actively working bugs.

    When users come looking for support on the site though the first place they look and land is here and it looked like there was no responses for ages. I’ll be sure to hang around and help others as best I can too.


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