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Fatal Errors trying to upgrade WordPress using AU

PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 2:46 pm
by nar321
Now that WordPress has it's own Upgrade built-in you really should disable theAU(Automatic Upgrade) plugin failure to do so will probably result in a Fatal Error as both try to access the same thing and the result is a Fatal Error.

Do a Google search for the subject which will prove my point and in any case it is already proved to my satisfaction as I was getting Fatal errors before and by disabling AU they ceased.It's to bad as I loved AU, maybe the author will come up with a fix as of the two possibles AU was better. :(

PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 3:09 pm
by lisamariemary
Ok, so does that mean if I'm upgrading to 2.7 (or whatever it is now...) from any other version, I should disable AU?

Was actually thinking I was gonna finally get that upgrade done today

PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 4:24 pm
by nar321
Yes is the short answer.


Be sure if you have AU enabled to disable it and only use the new Wordpress upgrade. Or better yet wait and see if either the developer of AU creates a fix or WP includes the the ability to download your database and anything else that AU did for you. As the upgrade could bork your site and without the things that AU did for you, how do you recover?

It's your choice as the present WP upgrade requires you to manually save the items that AU did it's best to see that you saved them. Not sure why WP choose to include a upgrade possibilty when there was a great plugin that gave you two options automatic and step by step.

PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 4:36 pm
by lisamariemary
Ack - okay, well, you just knocked one thing off my to-do list! Thanks! LOL

I'll do it later when Loretta is around holding my hand! hahaha!

PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 5:38 pm
by tknoppe
Mmmm - off to test this theory on one of my sites. I'll use WP auto upgrade plugin. Be right back. ;)

PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 5:40 pm
by tknoppe
Sorry to disappoint - worked perfectly for me using the WP automatic upgrade plugin.

Perhaps there is an incompatibility with another plugin and/or your theme? Did you have the latest version of WP auto update before you tried updating WP?

PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 8:09 pm
by nar321
Yes . It maybe a Theme thing, but in any case If you Google "Fatal error after using AU". You will get responses that say the best thing is to turn off AU if you get a Fatal error while trying to upgrade. I'm passing on what can happen, not what will happen 100% of the time.

Buyer beware or Caveat Emptor. If your at 2.7.0 you probably don't need to upgrade right now and can wait for the developer of AU to either do another upgrade (or better yet work with WP so that WP incorporates the good things from AU)

I take no joy in having to report that AU can have problems.Also as previously postedI don't understand WP's logic in adding a upgrade inside WP when there was the AU with two options automatic and step by step.

PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2009 7:02 am
by allmylovecrafts
Not sure if this will help but, here is a link to guys site that has helped other people I know with their upgrade.

He made a list of things to watch. There is also a list of Plug In Compatibility.

He made this list with links after he 'blew up' his blog a few times. LOL! Ok, it's not really funny.

Wordpress Blog Upgrade Tips

I don't use Wordpress so, I have no personal experience with this type of problem.

Sheryl Loch

PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2009 7:14 am
by tknoppe
I know where you're coming from Robert: and agree, best to let others know there could be a problem. Plugins are both good & bad really. Good when they work; bad when they don't. LOL

It's both puzzling and frustrating to come upon someone who has an issue with a plugin that works perfectly for others. Hard to trace down why or where the problem is exactly.

So just as you were reporting your issue with the plugin, I was equally reporting I had no issue. Not trying to challenge your issue at all!! Didn't mean to imply that. :) Just didn't want folks to panic thinking the plugin would 100% not work for them - it's always a risk I guess with plugins.

PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2009 3:55 pm
by lindastacy
It can be a bit tricky sometimes and things may or may not work right for mysterious reasons.... well, mysterious to me anyway. :lol:

Always, always make sure you back up your database before trying new plugin or before trying either upgrade tool for the first time.

The last time I tried to upgrade my blog, the new built-in WordPress upgrade didn't work (even though AU was disabled) and the old WordPress Automatic Upgrade didn't either. Ended up doing it manually. AU has been updated since then so hopefully it will work for me next time. I'm spoiled now and I whined about having to manually upgrade. :roll: