Akeeba Backup for Joomla!

Akeeba Backup for Joomla!

version 3.7.8 Stable

Released on: Friday, 28 June 2013 08:19

Release Notes

General information

If you have a problem after or before installing the component please read our troubleshooting page. These issues are more likely to occur if you try to upgrade this component while you have an older version of another component of ours still installed on your site.

Release highlights

Microsoft SQL Server compatibility (BETA). This version introduces limited compatibility with Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Windows Azure SQL databases on Windows hosts with the proprietary sqlserver PHP extension from Microsoft. You can install Akeeba Backup on servers using one of those databases. Please remember to go to the Configuration page and change the database dump engine option to "Reverse engineering"; the default engine will only work with MySQL databases.

The compatibility with Microsoft SQL Server is currently considered a beta feature and we will appreciate your feedback. It only backs up and restores tables, but it is oblivious to VIEWs, PROCEDUREs, FUNCTIONs and TRIGGERs. We have done our best to take into account the most commonly used features for tables, but we do need your feedback if you find out that it doesn't work with a specific table on your site.

PHP 5.3 is now required

This version requires PHP 5.3 or later. The rationale behind this is explained in our statement of mid-February 2013. It won't install on hosts running PHP 5.2 or earlier. Moreover, due to the necessary Joomla! API changes found only in Joomla! 2.5.6 or later, this version will not install on Joomla! 2.5.5 or earlier versions. In any case, it will tell you exactly why it cannot be installed (minimum PHP or Joomla! version not satisfied).


New features

  • you can now download backup archives directly to your browser with this post-processing method
  • you can now use remote quotas with this post-processing method
  • Option for full site backup with incremental files (kudos to Brian Teeman for the suggestion)

Miscellaneous changes

  • ANGIE: Improved database error reporting
  • ANGIE: Removing absolute URLs in favour of relative URLs, trying to make it compatible with temporary URLs (which are still not encouraged as they'll break Joomla's SEF URLs)

Bug fixes

  • [LOW] ANGIE: Relative paths in template may result to restoration failure on certain hosts with similar named files in the default PHP include path (thank you, Damian)
  • [LOW] ANGIE: Throw the correct error message when the database key is invalid
  • [LOW] backups would appear as Obsolete instead of Remote
  • [LOW] Compatibility issue with FOF 2.1
  • [LOW] PHP Notice thrown in Backup Now page of Core release
  • [LOW] Pre-installation script would run the wrong SQL files on upgrade (normally not causing a problem, but still it's not the intended behaviour)
  • [LOW] System Restore Points wouldn't work with plugins
  • [MEDIUM] ANGIE: Default log and tmp path would still not work properly on Windows hosts. Now tested against WAMPServer, XAMPP, EasyPHP and IIS.
  • [MEDIUM] ANGIE: Restoration would fail if the original site's database password contains certain special characters
  • [MEDIUM] Could not exclude symlinks to directories when dereference symlinks was disabled

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