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Old 09-21-2006, 02:07 AM   #1
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Default Ill-behaved open source software

I installed the upgrade from JSAS 1.08 to 1.0.10 yesterday (JSAS is Joomla! standalone server, for testing sites on a Windows PC), and it failed, complaining about two files called menu1.ttf and menu2.ttf that could not be deleted.

So I tried to delete these manually, failing although it was not a permissions problem: so must be a lock held on the file. I got round it by renaming the JSAS installation directory and installing the full v1.0.10 package.

Then I found that any web pages using Arial displayed in italics.

Looking in the Windows fonts directory, I saw that the Arial and Arial Bold entries pointed to files called – you guessed it, menu1.ttf and menu2.ttf, both 0 bytes. I was able to delete and reinstall them from another PC, and everything is now hunky dory. I could also delete the offending files in the renamed JSAS folder too, as the system no longer had a lock on them.

However, I wonder what other ill-behaved changes the JSAS installation may have made to my system. Why on earth does a CMS need to relocate and link essential fonts into its own folder structure?

Open source software doesn’t need bad press from such sloppy programming. It's supposed to be about using standards, for goodness sake!
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