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Whoops! WordPress Plugin Update Issue

One of the neat things about Word­Press 2.5 is that when a plug­in that’s in the Word­Press Plug­in Direc­to­ry is updat­ed, you get a mes­sage ask­ing if you want to down­load the new ver­sion or upgrade auto­mat­i­cal­ly. If you use the auto­mat­ic option, Word­Press down­loads the new ver­sion, deletes the old one, unzips the down­load­ed file, and reac­ti­vates the plug­in. It’s mar­velous­ly sim­ple, com­pared to down­load­ing, unzip­ping, delet­ing, upload­ing, and reac­ti­vat­ing things man­u­al­ly. Until last night, it worked beau­ti­ful­ly.

I try to check the plu­g­ins on this blog every day or three, to see if they need to be updat­ed. I was sur­prised to see notices on many of them last night, so I start­ed going through the auto­mat­ic upgrade process. 

One of the plu­g­ins I always use, No Dupli­cate Com­ments, is pret­ty old, but it does what it’s sup­posed to do. I didn’t think too much of it when I saw the upgrade mes­sage. But when I got back to the list of plu­g­ins, NDC was gone, and I had a com­plete­ly unfa­mil­iar plug­in, Hide/​Cut Post Text installed. The most recent ver­sion of that plug­in is dat­ed 8 April 2005.

Anoth­er update installed WP-Ban­ner, a plug­in I’m aware of but not one that I use. It was updat­ed 11 April 2008. I haven’t yet fig­ured out what it replaced, which is annoy­ing.

I still have update mes­sages for Democ­ra­cy (just the wid­get, not the actu­al plug­in, which is even odd­er), last updat­ed 23 March 2007, and the Cys­tats unin­staller. The Cys­tats “upgrade” took me back­wards, from the 0.9.1 ver­sion that I was using to the 0.9.0 ver­sion that was released 10 Decem­ber 2007.

I sup­pose I’m back to man­u­al­ly updat­ing plu­g­ins for a time! I’m try­ing to fig­ure out just how I should let the WP folks know about this prob­lem. Update: I post­ed to the sup­port forum, then the mod­er­a­tor asked me to report it as a site bug.


  1. Trisha says:

    I didn’t even know it could auto­mat­i­cal­ly update the plu­g­ins! I don’t think I have my per­mis­sions set in a way to allow it though. I can’t edit files through the dash­board.

    That’s pret­ty bad that its installing things you didn’t want. I’ll just con­tin­ue doing it man­u­al­ly too!

  2. cyn says:

    It isn’t ful­ly auto­mat­ic, how­ev­er you do it — but the fea­ture is great when it works prop­er­ly 🙂

  3. Kian Ann says:

    Did you have issues with the plug­in per­mis­sions after you have updat­ed it with the auto­mat­ic upgrade? Now I can’t delete the plug­in from my FTP pro­gram!

  4. Kian Ann says:

    Yep, I didn’t have per­mis­sions to even browse the fold­er, let alone change its per­mis­sions. 🙂 I guess i’ll have to get the web­host­ing com­pa­ny to get it delet­ed for me. Heh :mrgreen:

  5. cyn says:

    Odd. You can’t change the direc­to­ry per­mis­sions, either?

    I’ve had to have our host­ing peo­ple delete a bad the­me in the past, but I don’t think I’ve had to ask them for help with a plug­in.

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