RC means release candidates and it’s a programming term for referring to specific pre-release versions of software. Buddypress has had 2 so far – RC1 and RC2.
On a similar vein, most programmers use something known as a revision control repository throughout development, primarily for easy access to previous versions (“commits” in this context) of software. One of the advantages of this is that it saves duplicating a folder on your computer each time you make progress. Each commit will have a version or release number. Imagine having 1303 folders on your hard drive with only slight differences between them.
As far as we are concerned here, RC1, RC2 and rXXXX (where X are numbers) refer to a particular snapshot or version. Now Buddypress has had it’s version 1.0 release, every live website ought to be running version 1.0.
Rules of thumb: any BP-specific plugins ought to run on v1.0. Any theme that says RC1, though, probably WON’T run on v1.0. There is probably a lot of tutorials etc that refer to a specific release number (like r1303 in your example). That’s just the nature of ongoing development – documentation is prone to getting out of date easily.
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But you didn’t answer the question. How do you find out what version you’re running?
That said… why not just update to 1.0 anyway?
Well, that’s exactly it. There is entirely no reason to not be running v1.0.
Right. I went through the same thing actually. I spend some time trying to figure out which RC I was running… couldn’t find the info anywhere… so I just upgraded. Don’t know why I didn’t just upgrade right away. Figure it would be a pain. But of course… it wasn’t a pain at all.
in the bp-core.php if i’m not wrong, at the top of the file the version is displayed another way is wp-admin ->site admin -> buddypress, look at the bottom of the page, it should be displayed
Log into WPMU backend as site admin. Go to Appearances > Plugins. The version of all your plugins, including BuddyPress, is displayed there.
Here’s the versioning info you should see with regards to the BuddyPress plugin:
For BP public release version 1.0 –> 1.0
For BP RC2 –> 1.0-RC2
For BP RC1 –> each individual BP component will show up as it’s own plugin.
As of r1303, which is where RC2 started I believe, BuddyPress was turned into one, big plugin suite.
I’m setting this to resolved.