TL;DR Filepaths contain old subdomain prefix after find replace database and site code, can't determine cause.
I have a hosted site on
mywebsite.com/drupal, I want to move it to my computer
I have a LAMP stack and I compress and download the contents of
mywebsite.com/drupal and export its mysql database,
mydb.sql, using phpmyadmin.
I uncompress and place all the files from
/var/www/html/, I create a new database,
local.db, locally and import
mydb.sql. I edit
/var/www/html/sites/default/settings.php $databases array and connect it to
I ensure all files permissions are correct by running
chown user:user -R /var/www/html/
chmod -R 755 /var/www/html/
I can then access my site using a browser and going to localhost, however the images are missing none of the links work.
Initially I thought the cause was that there are many instances in the database and my site code still containing filepaths with the subdomain
/drupal/ prefix, images for example:
When I move the site to
localhost, it should just be:
To solve this, I did a find
/drupal/ and replace
/ in my database, reimported it and then used
grep -rl '/drupal/' ./ | xargs sed -i 's_/drupal/_/_g' on
I thought this would have resolved the problem, however when I access
localhost, the problem persists, images and links still contain the
/drupal/ prefix in their filepaths. I've read on a few migration guides that I should flush all caches on the drupal backend before moving (which I did) and also potentially flush the mysql cache using phpmyadmin, however I get an error
#1146 - Table 'mydb.cache' doesn't exist when I try to execute the truncate commands.
Other guides mention
.htaccess, which I copied over from
mysite.com/drupal, admittedly I don't understand everything inside it deeply, but I can't find any code which is prefixing filepaths with
As a sanity check, I created
/var/www/html/drupal/ and copied my site and then everything works fine.
I don't understand, how can the filepaths remain the same when I have changed all instances in the database and site code? I think there is something easy I'm missing but I can't figure it out.