We are officially advising all our users and customers to NOT upgrade to Joomla 1.5.16/1.5.17. The new Joomla release includes a auto-plugin disable feature which can lead to a site experiencing unexpected behavior or worst case the site could go down.
The auto-plugin disable feature was introduced to quote :
I’d like to try to write a patch to Joomla core so it doesn’t die with fatal error when it can’t include a plugin file (in other words: plugin exists in DB but filesystem entry is deleted).
Source : Graceful handling of missing plugins
The introduced solution for this problem is that Joomla 1.5.16 and 1.5.17 now disables any plugin that triggers an error during initialisation.
The behavior assumes that a plugin would always throw an error, being a missing file, however the error could be conditional and only thrown under certain circumstances. Depending on how the plugin works the conditions could be rare. Instead of throwing an error the plugin is disabled and prevented from executing under normal conditions. This can lead to a site visitor experiencing unexpected behavior or worse the site could go down.
We have requested the change in 1.5.17 to be rolled-back.(See Tracker #19859).
In the mean time we strongly advise you to not upgrade to Joomla 1.5.16/1.5.17.
If you are using 1.5.16/1.5.17 and you are experiencing problem with plugins magically disabling themselves please let us know.
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One week after the release of DOCman 1.5, we are thrilled to announce the 1.5.1 maintenance update. This version fixes a number of medium and low level bugs that were discovered after the release.
For me, it’s been the most fun release process I’ve ever had, thanks to an amazing team: with Krisstoffer and Shayne covering support on the forum, Tom and I had our hands free to work on fixing issues and preparing the update. This great new workflow turned out to be very smooth, resulting in our fastest release cycle ever. All software has bugs, but we believe quality shows in how they are handled.
Best DOCman ever
If you have been waiting to buy DOCman, now’s a great time: the wrinkles have been smoothed, and it’s better than ever! Not only do you get one of the best Joomla extensions, you’re also supporting open source development. And all that for the price of a lunch and a coffee.
Already bought DOCman 1.5? You don’t have to pay again for the update. Check your email for info on how to update.
Today we are very excited to announce the release of DOCman v1.5, which you can buy in the new Joomlatools store!
Conceived in 2003, and sporting thousands of downloads each month, DOCman has established itself as the premiere document management tool for Joomla. The new release is the culmination in years of experience in security. Keeping your documents safe has always been the primary concern — one we will never take lightly. Marc Alen, Adjunct Secretary of the Belgian Police Force agrees:
“We run 140 DOCman installations, one for each police zone’s public website, and even more installations on our intranets. Security is imperative — and for years, DOCman is delivering that for us.”
Native Joomla 1.5
We’ve been collecting user feedback for a while, and we’ve implemented the most demanded feature: being able to run DOCman in Joomla 1.5 without legacy mode.
The primary focus for this release has been stability, performance and security. Not only did we squeeze out another 10% in performance improvement, and 20% in memory usage; thanks to our extensive testing, you can rest assured this is the safest way to store and distribute your documents using Joomla. DOClink, the search plugin and the modules are now installed automatically along with DOCman. And as an added bonus, the new DOCman release was given a brand new front end theme.
You can buy the new DOCman 1.5 for €20 in the Joomlatools store. Charging a little for DOCman will help us invest in development and better support. Does this change anything? No, DOCman is still Free Software (as in Freedom) released under the GPL, just like Joomla. You still get the freedom to use DOCman as you wish. By buying DOCman, you support open source development. For everybody else, DOCman 1.4 is still available and will always be free of charge.
We’d like to thank everybody who had a hand in making this possible. We’re looking forward to hear your feedback on this great new release, and with your support, DOCman can keep going on this amazing journey!