How to update spanish language files manually from Joomla 2.5 Extensions Manager

    It is true that updating Joomla and extensions in Joomla 2.5 and 3.0 Now it’s easier and faster! although this was not always the case and the update process went through a more manual method and consequently something else tedious or uncomfortable, mainly for those who are not very immersed in Joomla and the maintenance tasks of the backend.

    Joomla 1.6 / 1.7 and much more advanced Joomla 2.5 and 3.0 They have been incorporating many improvements in this regard, allowing expert or initiated users to maintain Joomla “up to date” without this entailing going through numerous download sites to locate the update packages we need.

    Adding to this, having to be more aware of the updates released by the different developers, which sometimes significantly increases the time that must be spent on maintenance and updating of the Joomla core, templates and third-party extensions … and If you add / n websites to maintain, calculate the time that this means in maintenance or support costs if you have it outsourced.

    The Update Manager Joomla has managed to combine information with action and so that we can, just access the backend, to know if there are updates to the core or extensions and we can update in just a few clicks without losing the effectiveness of the website or having to leave it for maintenance.

    Although it is recommended, before proceeding with update tasks, to perform a backup by any of the following common methods:

    • By using the Akeeba Backup component.
    • By using the XCloner component.
    • From the Hosting Panel (cPanel / Plesk, etc.), manually in Files, Backups, Full Backup, Download or Generate a Full Backup that will ask you for an email where it will be notified and you can later download it to your PC accessing Files, Backups, Full Backup and later delete it from your cPanel, File Manager, navigating to the path before / public_html.

    In the article published in this Blog we already discussed the update of the JoomlArt T3 framework and we saw through the video that accompanies said article as update “manually” some extensions of this developer from the Extensions Manager, Update and that they can give us an idea that this type of updates is always recommended to be done individually and gradually until the Joomla “core” and third-party developer extensions are kept up to date.

    In the case that concerns us in this article, the problem centers on the English language file update (es-ES) from the Joomla Update Manager, which returns the following error (not in all cases or on all servers):

    JInstaller:: Installation: Cannot find XML configuration file

    Update path does not exist

    JInstaller:: Installation: Cannot find XML configuration file

    Cannot detect manifest file

    While the solution should go through the cache cleaning of upgrade packages and subsequent recharging or search for updates in order to update properly, some extensions or language files (such as this case) do not always allow the correct update.

    It should be noted that it is normal for the server to have the security policy enabled allow_url_fopen that allows the updating of extensions from the Extensions Manager, Update, of the backend.

    In this case, the recommendation remains the same as in the previous article, after the backup, we download the update file manually and proceed to install it from the Extensions Manager, Install.

    We will use the same file from the official repository of that we can download from the following link for the version that corresponds to the one requested by the backend updater.

    For example, for version es-ES corresponds the file:

    In the following video you can see that this process, of just a few minutes, is sometimes more practical, while it is resolved, if the underlying problem that prevents the correct update from the Update Manager.


    Those extensions that require prior registration, are paid, or the process of obtaining goes through certain prior authentications on the author’s site, it is better update them manually or through the extension if this allows it, as is the case of Akeeba Backup, JCE, CSVI and other similar ones.

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