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=== Note to Mac OS X users ===
 
=== Note to Mac OS X users ===
Note to template developers using Mac OS X systems: the Finder's "compress" menu item produces a usable ZIP format package, but with one catch. It stores the files in [[AppleDouble]] format, adding extra files with names beginning with "<tt>._</tt>". Thus it adds a file named "<tt>._templateDetails.xml</tt>, which Joomla 1.5.x can sometimes misinterpret. The symptom is an error message, "XML Parsing Error at 1:1. Error 4: Empty document". The workaround is to compress from the command line, and set a shell environment variable "COPYFILE_DISABLE" to "true" before using "compress" or "tar". See the [[AppleDouble]] article for more information.
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Note to template developers using Mac OS X systems: the Finder's "compress" menu item produces a usable ZIP format package, but with one catch. It stores the files in [[AppleDouble]] format, adding extra files with names beginning with "<tt>._</tt>". Thus it adds a file named "<tt>._templateDetails.xml</tt>, which Joomla 1.5.x can sometimes misinterpret. The symptom is an error message, "XML Parsing Error at 1:1. Error 4: Empty document". The workaround is to compress from the command line, and set a shell environment variable "COPYFILE_DISABLE" to "true" before using "compress" or "tar". See the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AppleSingle_and_AppleDouble_formats AppleDouble] article for more information.
  
 
To set an environment variable on a Mac, open a terminal window and type:
 
To set an environment variable on a Mac, open a terminal window and type:

Latest revision as of 02:04, 30 June 2013

A directory with several loose files is not a convenient package for distribution. So the final step is to make a package. This is a compressed archive containing the directory structure and all the files. The package can be in ZIP format (with a .zip extension), in TAR-gzip format (with a .tar.gz extension), or in TAR-bz2 format (with a .tar.bz2 extension).

If your template is in a directory mytemplate/ then to make the package you can connect to that directory and use commands like:

  • tar cvvzf ../mytemplate.tar.gz *
  • zip -a -r ..\mytemplate.zip *.*

Note to Mac OS X users

Note to template developers using Mac OS X systems: the Finder's "compress" menu item produces a usable ZIP format package, but with one catch. It stores the files in AppleDouble format, adding extra files with names beginning with "._". Thus it adds a file named "._templateDetails.xml, which Joomla 1.5.x can sometimes misinterpret. The symptom is an error message, "XML Parsing Error at 1:1. Error 4: Empty document". The workaround is to compress from the command line, and set a shell environment variable "COPYFILE_DISABLE" to "true" before using "compress" or "tar". See the AppleDouble article for more information.

To set an environment variable on a Mac, open a terminal window and type:

export COPYFILE_DISABLE=true

Then in the same terminal window, change directories into where your template files reside and issue the zip command. For instance, if your template files have been built in a folder in your personal directory called myTemplate, then you would do the following:

cd myTemplate
zip -r myTemplate.zip *