Running Joomla 3.9.0 Civicrm 5.7.0 PHP 7.0.2

Recently update Civicrm to 5.7.0 - Prior version and my cron job was working fine. Now it hasn't run since November 7th

Run cli.php

php /var/www/clients/client1/web2/web/administrator/components/com_civicrm/civicrm/bin/cli.php -s domain_name.com -u user -p password -e Job -a execute

Output is

PHP Warning:  include_once(/var/www/clients/client1/web2/web/administrator/components/com_civicrm/civicrm/../..//default/civicrm.settings.php): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /var/www/clients/client1/web2/web/administrator/components/com_civicrm/civicrm/civicrm.config.php on line 118
PHP Warning:  include_once(): Failed opening '/var/www/clients/client1/web2/web/administrator/components/com_civicrm/civicrm/../..//default/civicrm.settings.php' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/share/pear:/usr/share/php') in /var/www/clients/client1/web2/web/administrator/components/com_civicrm/civicrm/civicrm.config.php on line 118
Could not load the settings file at: /var/www/clients/client1/web2/web/administrator/components/com_civicrm/civicrm/../..//default/civicrm.settings.php

I have looked at some of the patches. But the patches are older than the version I have.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

  • 1
    I haven't noticed any problem with CiviCRM 5.7.0 on Joomla 3.9.0 and PHP 7.1.24. Use only cli.php with Joomla as cron.php has not worked on Joomla since J 3.8.0 (I haven't tested on 3.9.0). Also you are using cron.php incorrectly - it must be called via wget/curl and the URL of cron.php. cli.php should work with CiviCRM 5.7.0 out of the box. Nov 21 '18 at 6:51
  • Since you state cron.php hasn't worked since 3.8.0, then I guess not using wget/curl doesn't make any difference. How about the cli.php errors I received? Am I implementing it wrong?
    – Chuck
    Nov 22 '18 at 21:47
  • Your cli.php command looks correct to me. Nov 23 '18 at 6:12

Check your administrator/components/com_civicrm/civicrm/civicrm.config.php file. It should be only 12 lines long and look like the following:

define('CIVICRM_SETTINGS_PATH', '<www root>/administrator/components/com_civicrm/civicrm.settings.php');
$error = @include_once( '<www root>/administrator/components/com_civicrm/civicrm.settings.php' );
if ( $error == false ) {
    echo "Could not load the settings file at: <www root>/administrator/components/com_civicrm/civicrm.settings.php
    exit( );

// Load class loader
require_once $civicrm_root . '/CRM/Core/ClassLoader.php';

The 3 paths to civicrm.settings.php within civicrm.config.php should all be absolute. Your PHP warnings show that /../..//default/ is in the path, which is incorrect for Joomla. I can't explain how it (or code that is generating it) ended up in your civicrm.config.php; this forum post might give a clue. If your civicrm.config.php is not as per the above, replace it with this, substituting with the correct path.

  • The forum post you pointed is the issue except I have never had a Drupal setup. I checked the latest civicrm-5.7.2-joomla.zip and the civicrm.config.php file is 127 lines, not 12 lines (which I'm guessing is wrong). After coping my previous config & setting.php. I get a new error, db_error, connect failed. Interesting I changed the cron job to use my previous php (5.6.16) and it works once again.
    – Chuck
    Nov 24 '18 at 0:15
  • administrator/components/com_civicrm/civicrm/civicrm.config.php really is only 12 lines on a Joomla installation. Yes there is a civicrm.config.php file that is 127 lines (which is really for Drupal due to CiviCRM's Drupal origin) within civicrm.zip in civicrm-5.7.2-joomla.zip however the 12-line civicrm.config.php is created during installation. I just did a clean installation of Joomla and CiviCRM to confirm that this is the case. Nov 24 '18 at 2:20

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