Use Joomla! 1.5 with Proxy

After quite a bit of research I finally found the solution to the following problem challenge:
For some reason I am running a Joomla! 1.5 site in an intranet where internet access is only possible through a proxy server (despite the fact that I normally avoid Joomla! – I am using a different CMS for websites, not even WordPress). Out of the box, this is apparently not at all foreseen in the Joomla! configuration options – there is no option whatsoever for a proxy connection.

As a result, I always get ugly error messages in the admin backend: „Unable to retrieve feed data“. Already tried to disable all available feeds without success.
A pretty good description of the problem is posted here.

Solution:

  1. Make sure cUrl extension is installed and active, easiest way is by running phpinfo() on your web server.
    Dunno how? Well, simply use your favourite text editor to create a new file with the following code:
    [codesyntax lang=“php“]

    <?php
    phpinfo();
    ?>

    [/codesyntax]

  2. Save as e.g. phpinfo.php and upload to your webspace; open with your browser and search for cUrl.
  3. If cUrl is not active, enable it in your php.ini; if cUrl is not installed get in touch with your server admin or look for another solution – I have cUrl up and running.
  4. find simplepie.php in your Joomla! directory, it should be in libraries/simplepie
  5. open simplepie.phpwith your favourite text editor and search for curl_set. In my Joomla! version 1.5.22 I got the first hit in line 7677:[codesyntax lang=“php“ lines_start=“675″]
    if (version_compare(SimplePie_Misc::get_curl_version(), '7.10.5', '>='))
    {
    curl_setopt($fp, CURLOPT_ENCODING, '');
    }
    curl_setopt($fp, CURLOPT_URL, $url);
    curl_setopt($fp, CURLOPT_HEADER, 1);

    [/codesyntax]

  6. add a single line of code after the closing } bracket:[codesyntax lang=“php“]
    curl_setopt($fp, CURLOPT_PROXY, 'myproxyaddress:port');

    [/codesyntax]myproxyaddress doesn’t require a http:// prefix and could be either name (my.proxy.com) or IP address (12.34.56.78); port is optional. For more details on cUrl proxy parameters ask you favourite search engine.

  7. save the file in it’s original location and off you go, no more errors regarding the external feeds.

BTW: My favourite text editor is Notepad++ (click on the logo below to read more)….

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Gelegenheitsblogger, bekennender Unterstützer der deutschen Bark Alexander von Humboldt II (ab und an in der Bierwerbung einer norddeutschen Brauerei zu sehen) mit einem Faible für Ju-52 und Meer, reist, liest, arbeitet - alles in allem also ziemlich normal.

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