WordPress 2.8.5 Automatic Upgrade Fiasco

So WordPress 2.8.5 was released a few days ago, and once again I’m faced with the headache of upgrading 40+ WordPress sites that I run. The automatic upgrade feature introduced in v2.5(?) made life so much easier, but now that feature seems to be broken again.

There’s no rhyme or reason why it’s updating on some of our sites (including this one), but on others it just hangs at the “downloading update from http://wordpress.org/wordpress-2.8.5.zip” part. A quick search of the WordPress support forums shows other people having similar issues, and getting the typical run-around from the moderators.

It’s frustrating, to say the least. This latest update is a “security hardening” release, but I have a feeling that with the number of complaints in the support forum, a version 2.8.6 can’t be too far behind. 🙁

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10 Responses to “WordPress 2.8.5 Automatic Upgrade Fiasco”

  1. Suzy says:

    Hi there,

    I seem to be having the same problem with one of my sites. It’s hung up as well. What did you do?


    • Zander says:

      I did a manual update on a few of the sites that I wanted updated immediately, but for the rest I’m just waiting until a real fix is announced. Some people in the support forums talked about disabling your plugins, but that fix didn’t work for me.

  2. Zander says:

    Ok, I found a fix for this issue.. You need to add this in your wp-config.php file:

    /** Define memory settings */
    define(‘WP_MEMORY_LIMIT’, ’64M’);

    Apparently WP needs more memory, and this is an easy way to address it, especially if you don’t have access to php.ini.

    Please comment if it works for you.

  3. Keith Davis says:

    2.8.5? take another look… 2.8.6 is out now!
    I upgrade using cPanel and I only have 1 site to upgrade, but 40!

    Oh well, Christmas and 2.9 will soon be with us.

  4. Kyle says:

    /** Define memory settings */
    define(’WP_MEMORY_LIMIT’, ‘64M’);

    worked for me. Thanks.

  5. Kevin Kaland says:

    The following…

    /** Define memory settings */
    define(’WP_MEMORY_LIMIT’, ‘64M’);

    …also worked for me. Much appreciated!

  6. The Mayor says:

    /** Define memory settings */
    define(’WP_MEMORY_LIMIT’, ‘64M’);

    this did NOT work for me. i also tried making the amount larger – to 128M and that did not work either. i am trying to go from 2.8.5. to 2.8.6.

    any suggestions?

  7. The Mayor says:

    Ok, got it working.

    For me, I had to follow the method of disabling all my plugins first. That was not necessary for me to do when upgrading to 2.8.5 and the auto-upgrade worked fine then. This time, though, I had to disable everything first for whatever reason.


    The Mayor

  8. jcl says:

    /** Define memory settings */
    define(’WP_MEMORY_LIMIT’, ‘64M’);

    worked perfectly! big thanks!

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