Akeeba Backup for Joomla!

#30583 – Customizing Date Format in Backup Description

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Sunday, 25 November 2018 20:17 CST
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Description of my issue: I want to change the date format in the backup description line for Akeeba Backup Pro. It is currently:
"Backup taken on Sunday, 25 November 2018 21:03" and I want it to be
"Full Backup - Sunday, November 25, 2018 21:03"

I have changed the date format settings under Options to "l, F j, Y g:i:s A", but that seemed to only affect the second date line, and not the one I wanted. You can see the two date lines in the attached photo. Please help.
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Joomla! version (in x.y.z format) 3.9.0
PHP version (in x.y.z format) 7.1.22
Akeeba Backup version (x.y.z format) 6.3.0
Monday, 26 November 2018 01:36 CST
The default description is not controlled by this option but by language strings. Namely the following:
  • COM_AKEEBA_BACKUP_DEFAULT_DESCRIPTION (part of Akeeba Backup) gives the left hand part, i.e. "Backup taken on".
  • DATE_FORMAT_LC2 (part of Joomla!) formats the date and time.

You can always override language strings as explained in the Joomla! documentation. In your case you would need to create two Administrator only overrides:

[*] COM_AKEEBA_BACKUP_DEFAULT_DESCRIPTION Full Backup - (yes, you need to include the dash; do not leave a space after the dash, it is added automatically).
[*] DATE_FORMAT_LC2 l, d F, Y H:i (compared to the original string you are just adding a comma after F).

Please note that changing DATE_FORMAT_LC2 affects the entire backend of the site, core and third party components, when long formatted dates are presented to you.

If you want to do that for command line or front-end backup archives the overrides need to be for both the Site and Administrator.

Nicholas K. Dionysopoulos

Lead Developer and Director

Greek: native

English: excellent

French: basic

Please keep in mind my timezone and cultural differences when reading my replies. Thank you!

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