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I've upgraded from 1.0 to 1.2 and was prompted to upgrade the database. With 5 update steps remaining, I got this error:

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Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at [my path]/qa-include/qa-db-install.php:695) in [my path]/qa-include/qa-install.php on line 68

Question2Answer was unable to perform the installation query below. Please check the user in the config file has CREATE and ALTER permissions:

ALTER TABLE qa_posts ADD CONSTRAINT qa_posts_ibfk_2 FOREIGN KEY (parentid) REFERENCES qa_posts(postid), ADD COLUMN categoryid SMALLINT UNSIGNED, ADD KEY categoryid (categoryid, type, created), ADD CONSTRAINT qa_posts_ibfk_3 FOREIGN KEY (categoryid) REFERENCES qa_categories(categoryid) ON DELETE SET NULL

Error 1452: Cannot add or update a child row: a foreign key constraint fails (`pokemondb`.`#sql-57f_b8`, CONSTRAINT `qa_posts_ibfk_2` FOREIGN KEY (`parentid`) REFERENCES `qa_posts` (`postid`))
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The user definitely has CREAT/ALTER permissions. Any ideas what may be causing this? I'm don't know much about foreign key constraints and the like.

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This is likely to be because one of the posts has a parentid which does not match the postid of another post, perhaps because of some manual table editing that was done (such as deleting rows), or it could just be a data inconsistency that crept in somehow. If you like, these are "orphaned" rows.

In any event you can find the problematic rows using this query:

select child.postid,child.parentid,parent.postid from qa_posts as child left join qa_posts as parent on parent.postid=child.parentid where parent.postid is null and child.parentid is not null;

The output from that might show some rows with a non-NULL second column, and a NULL third column. Those represent rows in the qa_posts table which have a parentid that doesn't match any other post.

You can delete those rows, using the first column of the output, which is their postid.
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Best method to import/export the database?
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The problem is most likely that the passsalt column is not being imported correctly, because it is in a raw binary form that is likely to get mangled by a textual import/export operation. Using mysqldump is likely to solve it.
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I just came back to say the same thing! I checked my tables and noticed a difference in the passsalt fields. It's odd though since the other binary fields work perfectly well. I'll look into using mysqldump, thanks!
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OK turns out it was a problem with mismatching phpMyAdmin versions (only 0.0.1 of a difference though!) Updating both live and local to same version worked fine.
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