Properly packaging Joomla plugins, components, extensions, language packs and others

The following example is for a language pack that will have the filename,

This is to run this in a single line in a terminal on OSX. It will create the necessary packages from the files in admin and site folders. It will also name and cleanup after itself before creating the finale file


zip -r admin_fr-CA -x “*/\.DS_Store” ;

zip -r site_fr-CA -x “*/\.DS_Store” ;

rm -fr admin_fr-CA ; rm -fr site_fr-CA ; cd .. ;

zip -r fr-CA_joomla_lang_full_3.3.1v1 -x “*/\.DS_Store”


Properly packing a plugin.

Create a zip without the .DS_Store files or .git files 

zip -r plg_mycomponent_cdn_copy -x *.DS_Store -x *.git*

FireFox Extension Development


How to FireFox extension development environment setup.

Basically, you setup another profile.

You then setup that environment for development manually or using an extension that sets those parameters automatically.

Install these two extensions


Be sure to read on how to package your extensions.


cd myexample 
zip -r ../myexample.xpi * 
cd ..
ls *.xpi


For more information see


Run this command line to start the FireFox profile on OSX, terminal window will display debugging information. 

/Applications/ -no-remote -P dev &