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FIx trackbacks! Please! (44 posts)

  1. dlature
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I have been searching for weeks for a solution to Trackbacks in 1.2. They DO NOT WORK. Period. Several posts in this support forum go completely ignored. Nobody has posted any kind of response, even questions about particulars of the people having problems. I am growing entirely UNIMPRESED with this particular piece of software by the day, as more days go by (weeks) without any apparent attempt to answer this problem. Trackbacks is an absolute requirement for me for any weblog software I use. Somebody PLEASE pipe up and let us know you're listening.

  2. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 10 years ago #

    It would be fairer to say that some people are having problems with trackbacks, but that the majority have none.
    A link would be useful - because then for instance I could test post from my blog both trackback and ping a post of yours.
    Do you mean that when you trackback to someone else it does not show up on their blog, or that if someone trackbacks a post of yours, you see no notification ?
    As I said, a link so we can test would be part of the solution.

  3. Anonymous
    Unregistered
    Posted 10 years ago #

    If trackbacks are essential to you, why did you install software in which trackbacking is known to be buggy? I am sure that as soon as the development team figure out what's going wrong and how to fix it they will do so, but it's not as if shouting at them is going to make them think faster.

  4. Anonymous
    Unregistered
    Posted 10 years ago #

    p.s. the nature of the problem is at http://wordpress.org/support/2/8580

  5. Sphyr
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    It was an initial install for me; I had no idea trackbacks weren't working at the time.
    They've never worked for me; I'm using Haloscan to ping them manually.

  6. dlature
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I installed the software AFTER looking for features, and finding that Trackbacks were indeed a feature. I only found the other "problems" after experiencing the problem and doing searches in support. I read of the Trackback feature in the Product information. I do have another blog (MT) which I wil continue to use until trackbacks are fixed, and I find out how to get my previous MT entries with HTML in them to show up as HTML instead of the tag text.
    But I did do initial reading BEFORE. The bugs I found later. I've never seen a reply to ANY of the trackback problem posts by anyone from the development team. At least by searching for "Trackbacks" in the support forum. Is there a particular place I should be looking?

  7. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 10 years ago #

    dlature - link ?
    Then we can try pinging and trackbacking from various sites. It might help.

  8. Root
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    @dlature. This must be frustrating for you. But plenty of folks have it running fine. Inferences can be drawn from that fact. The glich is not universal, it is variable. The program works as advertised. As to the specifics, people can help you work through the likely suspects, servers, firewalls, variations in versions, borked ftp, and bugs who knows. ?. It is worth persevering with.

  9. oriecat
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Probably a stupid question, but do you have the allow link notifications checked? I just tried doing one to your post and nothing showed up, but then I did one to my post and it was fine....

  10. dlature
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    http://theoblogical.org/wp is the site URL

  11. dlature
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Allow link notification is ON. Thanks.

  12. dlature
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I found two apparent trackbacks in my "Comments"......two that I had tried earlier did not work......but I only pinged the post (ie. http://theoblogical.org/wp/index.php?p=1431) from MT.....and MT echoed back to me the trackback URL (http://theoblogical.org/wp/wp-trackback.php/1431)
    Movable type , after a post with links in it, indicates that it is "Pinging Sites" and lists the usual weblogs and technorati sites that notify those services that a new post has been added......with the link to http://theoblogical.org/wp/index.php?p=1431 in my post, Movable Type also tells me that
    " http://theoblogical.org/wp/wp-trackback.php/1431 " has also been pinged.
    I am finding several trackbacks in my moderated comments.....I have to approve them. anyway to make Trackbacks NOT moderated , but leave regular comments moderated? Also , my mail notification doesn't seem to be working......I will look for the mail config....any "gotchas" there?

  13. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I have just posted to my blog, and both trackbacked and pinged your latest post, yet I see nothing on your page.
    Can you send pings and trackbacks ?

  14. dlature
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Yeah, it seems that comments moderation also blocks trackbacks......I had to turn them on......which led me then to try to find where I put my email info so that WP can send me notification....anybody know where I do this? I found the section on emailing posts in to get posted, but I want to set the info to sned me notification when comments and/or trackbacks happen, and I want to find out how to separately display trackbacks and comments.......
    Thanks everybody for helping......don't stop now though.......I'm still workin' at it

  15. dlature
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    My general Options page has an error at the bottom:
    Fatal error: Cannot redeclare add_magic_quotes() (previously declared in c:\myhost\myacct\wp\wp-admin\options-general.php:7) in c:\myhost\myacct\wp\wp-admin\options-general.php on line 120
    ???????

  16. dlature
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Any hints on why my discussion page is blank when I select Options/Discussion?
    http://theoblogical.org/wp/wp-admin/options-discussion.php

  17. Beel
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    corrupt file maybe?

  18. Sphyr
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    That can't be the root cause. I have comments unmoderated, yet I can't send trackback pings. "Allow link notifications" is on.

  19. hagen
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Hi,
    the problem with trackack only apears wit tb urls like this:
    http://foo.net/tb.php?id=123
    The problem exists in the Trackback function in /wp-includes/functions.php
    In WP 1.2: Line 555
    in Nightly 2004-06-30 line: 525
    The questionmark to seperate path (/tb.php) and querystring (id=123) is missing there. The TB Uri that WP uses looks like this:
    http://foo.net/tb.phpid=123, which certainly will only trackback the 404-Errorpage. Just add the questionmark and erverything works fine.
    I fixed the Problem here:
    http://codefreak.de/archiv/2004/06/02/wordpress-trackback-auf-bloggde/
    Hope I could help,
    hagen

  20. Anonymous
    Unregistered
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I made the suggested edit and tried sending out some pingbacks and trackbacks, to both WP and non-WP blogs. Utter failure. I receive them fine but outgoing ones just don't appear. I don't use trackback a whole lot, so this bug didn't stop me using WordPress, but I must admit it is kind of annoying.
    In the meantime you could always add a link to an external trackbacking service such as SimpleTracks to your post page. It's not ideal but for the time being it will have to do.

  21. Sphyr
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I picked up the nightly build; no affecton Trackbacks.
    Incoming trackbacks aren't being shown reliably; on a recent post on my blog, a livejournal and a blogger.com user tried to ping me to no affect, but another WordPress user was able to ping me. I couldn't ping myself though.
    Outgoing pings seem to work maybe 1 in 10 tries. Sometimes I get a "Already Pinged" on the edit screen but the trackback was never received. Pinging them manually works.
    I'm not complaining - just trying to fill in some case histories to try to track the bug down and to verify that even in the 7-7-04 nightly it still isn't working.

  22. MattRead
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I got trackbacks working on my 1.2 install. I changed the "mod_rewrite" generated trackback url from:
    http://www.yoursite.com/wordpress/archives/2004/07/03/title/trackback/
    to the one used before implementing mod_rewrite:
    http://www.yoursite.com/wordpress/wp-trackback.php/<? the_ID(); ?>
    Not sure if that will help anyone else.

  23. Ryan Boren
    WordPress Dev
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Try the following for outbound trackbacks:
    diff -r1.129 functions.php
    528c528
    < $http_request = 'POST ' . $trackback_url['path'] . $trackback_url['query'] . " HTTP/1.0\r\n";
    ---
    > $http_request = 'POST ' . $trackback_url['path'] . ($trackback_url['query'] ? '?'.$trackback_url['query'] : '') . " HTTP/1.0\r\n";
    This is a derivation of hagen's fix that should accommodate trackback URLs that use a '?' and those that do not. The diff above applies to current CVS. The line number for 1.2 will be a bit different. Just look for the matching line in the trackback() function in functions.php

  24. carthik
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    MattRead, so it seems it is a problem with the RewriteRules generating bad trackbak URIs in 1.2 Thanks for the heads up.

  25. Sphyr
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I tested Rboren's fix against the testblog mentioned here:
    http://wordpress.org/support/3/8828
    Outbound trackbacks are still not working. The wp-amin interface lists "Already pinged: _______" but the trackback never appears on the target test blog.
    I would test MattRead's suggestion, but I'm not smart enough to figure out what he's suggesting. :P

  26. dlature
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Maybe it is time for a bug fix? A patch , or something? I love WP features, but I gotta have Trackbacks......
    NOne of the above worked for me
    Also, I'd like to be able to properly import my MT blogs, comments, categories, etc. and have the HTML survive. WordPress nicely converts the "Read More" extended entries, but all mynice tables I created for images (usually a table with one row and two columns with image to the left) are now displaying the tags instead of rendering thr tables.......Think it has to do with the format of the export from MT, or some extra step I needed to convert the export before pulling it into WP.
    I also would like to use Technorati links (via their API)....any plugins available for WP?
    Thanks for any of these, order of importance as listed
    Dale

  27. debwire
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I cannot get outgoing trackbacks to work right either. I receive them fine but any trackback I've done lately doesn't work (doesn't appear on the other blog). I believe this is 1.2 specific as I've never had a problem with any previous version.

  28. Beel
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    debwire: I just set a trackback to a post on your site (you'll want to delete it). I am using 1.3-alpha-2 so perhaps there is a fix "in the works"

  29. debwire
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Thanks, Beel. I hope so.

  30. Sphyr
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    That's not my problem. Incoming (I think) works fine because I get those occasionally.
    Outgoing trackbacks never work. I fill the little trackback box in, and no trackback ever appears on the target site. I have to use a manual trackback form on Haloscan.

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