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Custom install method

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boolean True on success

Defined in



jimport( 'joomla.installer.adapters.file' );

Source Body

function install()
        // Get the extension manifest object
        $this->manifest = $this->parent->getManifest();

        // Set the extensions name
        $name = JFilterInput::getInstance()->clean((string)$this->manifest->name, 'string');
        $this->set('name', $name);

        // Set element
        $manifestPath = $this->parent->getPath('manifest');
        $element = split(DS,$manifestPath);
        $element = $element[count($element) - 1];
        $element = preg_replace('/\.xml/', '', $element);
        $this->set('element', $element);

        // Get the component description
        $description = (string)$this->manifest->description;
        if ($description) {
                $this->parent->set('message', JText::_($description));
        } else {
                $this->parent->set('message', '');

        //Check if the extension by the same name is already installed
        if ($this->extensionExistsInSystem($name)) {
                // Package with same name already exists
                $this->parent->abort(JText::_('Files').' '.JText::_($this->route).': '.JText::_('Another extension with name already exists.'));
                return false;

        //Populate File and Folder List to copy

        //Now that we have folder list, lets start creating them
        foreach ($this->folderList as $folder)
                if (!JFolder::exists($folder))

                        if (!$created = JFolder::create($folder))
                                JError::raiseWarning(1, JText::_('Files').' '.JText::_('Install').': '.JText::_('Failed to find source directory').': "'.$folder.'"');
                                // if installation fails, rollback
                                return false;

                         * Since we created a directory and will want to remove it if we have to roll back
                         * the installation due to some errors, lets add it to the installation step stack
                        if ($created) {
                                $this->parent->pushStep(array ('type' => 'folder', 'path' => $folder));


        //Now that we have file list , lets start copying them

        // Parse optional tags

        // Add an entry to the extension table with a whole heap of defaults
        $row = & JTable::getInstance('extension');
        $row->set('name', $this->get('name'));
        $row->set('type', 'file');
        $row->set('element', $this->get('element'));
        $row->set('folder', ''); // There is no folder for files so leave it blank
        $row->set('enabled', 1);
        $row->set('protected', 0);
        $row->set('access', 0);
        $row->set('client_id', 0);
        $row->set('params', '');
        $row->set('system_data', '');
        $row->set('manifest_cache', '');
        if (!$row->store())
                // Install failed, roll back changes
                $this->parent->abort(JText::_('Files').' '.JText::_('Install').': '.$db->stderr(true));
                return false;

        // Lastly, we will copy the manifest file to its appropriate place.
        $manifest = Array();
        $manifest['src'] = $this->parent->getPath('manifest');
        $manifest['dest'] = JPATH_MANIFESTS.DS.'files'.DS.basename($this->parent->getPath('manifest'));
        if (!$this->parent->copyFiles(array($manifest), true))
                // Install failed, rollback changes
                $this->parent->abort(JText::_('File').' '.JText::_('Install').': '.JText::_('COULD_NOT_COPY_SETUP_FILE'));
                return false;
        return true;

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