If it's nowhere written, most possible it means you must leave it and not modify, no?..
What I could conclude from the above, is that you need to know first, how it works, before letting it work. You have completed obviously too many actions because of nothing..
... It's IMPOSSIBLE that if you specify table names FIRST, then upload the script to the server, THEN run _install.php, and then the script substitutes some mystical table names. It's impossible - the script is not a wizard, not a human. It's a program. If it doesn't work like supposed, the problem is somewhere on your end.
Well Paul, I'm not sure where I may have made a wrong turn.. but the fact is, it's what happened..
I used the compiler first.
Then downloaded the zipfile
Then followed the readme file contained within
And then I read and followed the manual...
As a last resort edited the _install_mysql.sql
..And thats what finally made it work.
When I couldn't get it to install correctly, I went back to the manual and couldn't determine what was wrong, so I deleted the database on mysql server - and deleted the entire forum folder.. then started all over again from the start following every step..
But the same thing happened, the same way... TWICE!
I realized they were not mystical table names ,and had to be coming from somewhere, so I looked for them-- Then after realizing that those table names appeared to be originating from the _install_mysql.sql file I edited to correspond with my setup_options.php file.
Then again deleted everything related on the server, and re-uploaded, and reran setup..and this time it all it worked... or so it seems so far.
Granted, I am sure you are correct that somehow somewhere I made and error that resulted in this ever happening.. and I am assuming it must have occurred while using the compiler, because thats the only step that I didn't carefully redo numerous times.
All that being said.. I am in no way a programmer, but is there any thing wrong with the way I corrected it?