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Nightly Build and SVN

Whilst Joomla! 1.5 is still in its development stages (currently RC3) changes are made to the code to correct bugs and to improve stability on an almost hourly basis sometimes. The following methods (other than the "Fresh Installation" do require some considerable patience at times to get working properly and should not be followed unless you are sure you want or need the latest versions available.

Nightly Build 

We strongly recommend therefore that as a minimum you keep right up-to-date by using the latest Nightly Build.

Be aware that the Nightly Build is an automated process. It is created at the same time each day. The Nightly Build does not include an automatic updater program. Nor can you link directly into the Nightly Build and have it add itself to your installation.

Before overwriting any of your files or making any related changes you should backup your existing database, directory, and file structure so that you have a rollback point if things go wrong! You must make a copy of your configuration.php file and any .htaccess or php.ini files together with images, media, documents and other files you may have added and reintroduce these where appropriate.


 You have a number of choices when using the Nightly Build as to how to use it:

Fresh Installation
You simply download the lates Nightly Build and install it as you would the "standard" Joomla! package from Joomla! Code. If you are working on a local test environment it is a good idea to use this method as you can always refer back to other installations if checking what has changed, and it is ultimately possible to install as many versions as your computer has space for!
Overwrite the existing installation
You download the Nightly Build and unpack it from the compressed (zip) file, remove the installation directory as it is not required and copy the remaining directories and files over you existing joomla_root/ directory tree. This method is fine but has a number of drawbacks.
  • You will lose any manual changes you have made to the core code,
  • You might cause problems with any Extentions such as Components or Templates you have added where these will only function with the original code.
  • There may also be issues with regard to any files, images, other media, or documents that have been uploaded and these 
  • Care needs to be taken when using this method as any files that may have been removed from the core package due to them becoming redundant will be left behind and may well cause problems if left in situ.
This method does allow you to continue to use the database already created as part of the RC3 original installation where appropriate.
Delete the current directory/file tree and upload the new directory/file tree
You delete the existing directory and file structure in joomla_root/ directory and, having uncompressed the package and deleted the installation directory, you simply upload/copy the directories and files from the Nightly Build into the joomla_root/ directory. You then return the backup copies of your configuration.php, .htaccess, php.ini, images, media, documents and other files that you created as per the warning above, and you should be good to go. Obviously this is the most disruptive method if you have already installed Extensions or made adjustments to the core code as these will all need to be added back in.
This method also allows you to continue to use the database already created as part of the RC3 original installation where appropriate.

 SVN

This is not recommended for novice Users. It is a Development tool and has the complexities to match!

If you are looking to develop Joomla! Extensions, learn the ins-and-outs of precisely how Joomla! is put together, or are working on a particular project that demands the absolute latest version of Joomla!, and for those helping test Jooma! to assist with the development and Quality and Testing process then we recommend using Subversion (SVN).

You will find full details of the setting up of your local repository and access to the SVN downloads on the Developer Site and accordingly we shall not repeat them here.



Last Updated ( Tuesday, 30 October 2007 )
 
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