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[resolved] Lists not updating automatically (20 posts)

  1. metate
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hello,
    We are using wp 3.4.1 and have amr users 3.4.7.
    We have the "all users" list and then we have 2 lists we created that are used in our website (one for a public members directory, one for member's only member directory). When we have a new registrant thru s2member, or a change in a current user's info, the "all users" list is updated immediately. But the two lists we created do not update unless I select "rebuild cache now" on the list.
    I have tried many combinations of list caching options (user lists>caching), but nothing seems to affect the lists we've created to make them update automatically. I've tried:
    - do not re-cache on user update - on/off
    - no scheduled auto caching - on/off with above option
    - hourly/daily - on/off

    We need those lists to update whenever there is a change - I can't go in every day and rebuild the cache for these two lists.
    If I'm missing something, please let me know. I really want to get this solved - even if I'm doing something stupid!
    Thank you for your help!

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/amr-users/

  2. metate
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi,
    Anmari, I see you're very responsive on this forum (thanks!) - would you be able to help me with this? This is a very important issue for my organization. Our membership committee can't count on the membership directory being up to date and the members can't see themselves until one of our admins refresh the lists manually. Is there anything you could point me to?
    Thank you in advance!!!

  3. anmari
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi metate,

    The plugin uses standard wordpress cron.

    1) Are you sure that cron is running - some sites have cron disabled. http://codex.wordpress.org/Editing_wp-config.php#Alternative_Cron

    2) Sometimes cron usage confuses people if they are not familiar with the fact that the traffic on the site causes the cron job to run. No traffic, no job. So no point just waiting 45 mins for the job to run - actually need to have someone request a page from the site.

    Do you have a cron manager plugin installed ? That way you can see that the jobs actually get scheduled. The plugin schedules a main job which then separates out a job for each list.

    My http://wpusersplugin.com/related-plugins/amr-cron-manager/ cron manager also lets you force a run immediately and trigger the cron manually.

    3) what does your cachelog say (next option next to the cache settings tab). It should have entries describing what has happened (in reverse order - latest first!)

    EXAMPLE:
    ..
    2012-09-02 23:18:13 - Cached next batch of 1000 from 2000
    2012-09-02 23:18:13 - Cached next batch of 1000 from 1000
    2012-09-02 23:18:13 - Cached next batch of 1000 from 0
    2012-09-02 23:14:56 - Schedule background cacheing of report: 2
    2012-09-02 23:14:56 - Schedule background cacheing of report: 1
    2012-09-02 23:14:56 - Received background cache request for 2 reports
    2012-09-02 23:14:53 - Next cache run on user change or soon after: 2012-09-02 23:14:53
    2012-09-02 23:14:53 - Activated regular cacheing of lists: hourly
    ...

  4. anmari
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi, just a reminder - if you have a LOT of user update traffic, I would STRONGLY suggest not updating on every user update - that will cause a LOT of extra SQL load.

  5. metate
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thank you for responding!!
    1) we have traffic on the site (google analytics) and all other pages are up to date and fine - it's just these 2 lists that don't update automatically. So I *believe* cron is running. (I will admit, I am not really familiar with this.)

    2) i now have a cron manager plugin installed - thank you

    3) cache log says (I've not seen the transient part before):
    2012-08-28 08:39:33 - Completed user-10 in 0.83 microseconds
    2012-08-28 08:39:33 - Cached next batch of 66 from 0
    2012-08-28 08:39:32 - Cache record, but no transient - is there a problem? user-10
    2012-08-28 08:39:16 - Completed user-09 in 0.85 microseconds
    2012-08-28 08:39:16 - Cached next batch of 66 from 0
    2012-08-28 08:39:15 - Cache record, but no transient - is there a problem? user-09
    2012-08-28 08:39:00 - Completed user-09 in 1.98 microseconds
    2012-08-28 08:39:00 - Cached next batch of 66 from 0
    2012-08-28 08:38:58 - Cache record, but no transient - is there a problem? user-09

    4) we don't have a LOT of user updates - maybe 3-5 a week - but since it's a membership list, we need them to be up-to-date asap.

  6. metate
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    p.s. - here's my cron jobs if this helps??? I'm not sure if this is the right question, but which job does amr users run under (or am I totally off base)?

    Type of Schedule Hook Name

    Every 10 Minutes ws_plugin__s2member_auto_eot_system__schedule

    Once Hourly doadexpirations_hook

    Twice Daily wp_version_check

    Twice Daily wp_update_plugins

    Twice Daily wp_update_themes

    Once Daily wp_scheduled_delete

    Once Daily awpcp_ad_renewal_email_hook

    Once Daily awpcp-clean-up-payment-transactions

    Once Daily ai1ec_cron

    Once Daily wp_scheduled_auto_draft_delete

    Once Daily threewp_activity_monitor_cron

    Once Every 30 Days doadcleanup_hook

  7. metate
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Would anyone have any answers, tips, or things to try?
    Thanks in advance.

    Here's our cache log from today:
    2012-09-05 16:36:47 - Completed user-09 in 1.06 microseconds
    2012-09-05 16:36:47 - Cached next batch of 68 from 0
    2012-09-05 16:36:46 - Cache record, but no transient - is there a problem? user-09
    2012-09-05 11:57:49 - Completed user-10 in 1.25 microseconds
    2012-09-05 11:57:49 - Cached next batch of 68 from 0
    2012-09-05 11:57:48 - Cache record, but no transient - is there a problem? user-10
    2012-09-05 11:57:41 - Completed user-09 in 0.83 microseconds
    2012-09-05 11:57:41 - Cached next batch of 68 from 0
    2012-09-05 11:57:40 - Cache record, but no transient - is there a problem? user-09

  8. anmari
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi,
    so the cache is definitely running and doing something.

    so what is 'not updating'?

    Are users not being added ?

    are fields not updating ? user , user meta or a custom field stored somewhere..... hard to help without details, since it is working for me.

    are there any errors in your server log ?

  9. metate
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi Anmari,
    Sorry for the delayed response - and I'll give all the details I can to help fix this! :) "All users" is updating, but any list we've created does not automatically update and we must "rebuild cache" on our lists every time there is a change. So if there's a new registrant to the website, I want the member directory (a list we created and is displayed on a page) to include that new registrant automatically/immediately when the new member registers. Currently the lists do not reflect any changes until I manually rebuild the cache (when I can get to it). Also, changing fields (ie: role) does not get updated in the list automatically either.
    I will have to get back to you on the server log - but maybe above is enough??

  10. metate
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Alrighty, an update on this.
    We have All Users and 6 additional lists we created. I have figured out that some of the lists are getting updated (ie, if there's a new registrant, they show on the list or if someone's name changes that show in the list) automatically BUT some lists are NOT updated until you manually rebuild the cache on the individual lists.
    I tried making sure the settings matched on the working lists and the not-working lists and had no luck.
    I tried creating a brand new list based off of one that was working - no luck - it wouldn't update automatically when there was a change.

    So, I have correctly working lists and not correctly working lists in this one plugin....Does this give you more helpful info? I'm stumped!

  11. anmari
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi - hadn't forgotten you.... just been busy and I realised that probably what I have to do is run through all the various caching options, taking screenshots and explaining in detail in order for you to understand... slow work... This is in progress on the plugin homesite.

    Very briefly I suspect the problem is that either you are not giving the cache a chance to run for the later reports and/or some of your data is not stored in wp user meta table.

    PLugin does cache
    1)on update or schedule (depending on settings). It kicks off a single cron job. Being cron it needs action on the website page refresh etc to run around/after it's scheduled time.
    2) This single cron job then sets up a cron job for EACH report, a few minutes apart, THus you think "oh only the first one is updating"... It is just that they do not run concurrently... but one after another. Each cron needs some activity on the web site AFTER it's scheduled time for it to run. If you look at the report BEFORE the scheduled time, it will look un updated. A cron manager plugin would show the job scheduled though.

    ALSO if low activity on site and you go inspect the report before doing another page refresh it may appear not to have updated.

    The plugin has logic not to have caches clash with each other. So if you then run a manual re cache, the cron one may say 'ok' it's happening already and not run it's self. So it may not appear in the log then.

    To make it more complicated/efficient, there is html caching too - for first page of user list only on front end only. THis uses wp transients so not running db queries all the time if people just view the user list. If in debug mode, it does flag when it is showing transient cached data. However that may add to confusion about whether it is updating.... wait a few minutes and then retry and the transient should time out and so new transient html made. That is why sometimes there is message about no existing transient - the recache process blows away the saved transient cached html.

    Custom fields - where storec??

    Another reason (which is why I ask about which fields and how fields are generated...) is that if
    1) you set the cache on user update only.
    2) you are using a plugin that does NOT use wp user meta table, then the wp user update action probably will not fire, so cacheing on user update will appear to work sometimes (on normal wp data) but NOT on extra non-wp data.

    HENCE important to
    1) understand the source data and know WHERE the cutsom fields are stored.
    2) understand the cron process, have a good cron manager where you can see the jobs scheduled, and/or check the plugins cache log provided at each step - the cron log is actually very detailed and well even tell if it was a plain user update or a user meta update that trigged a re-cache (depending of course on settings and your data). It doesn't keep a LOT of history though, so one should check it at each step. Also NO ajax update, so to recheck, the cache log page must be refreshed.

    Basically one must patiently step through all aspects:
    1) make the update,
    2) check the log, see single job scheduled,
    3) cause cron to run after job's scheduled time or force job to run immediately, then
    4) see jobs scheduled for each list on cron manager
    5) wait for scheduled time or force immediate run (you can do this with my cron manager), and do at least one page fresh so cron will run.
    6) check the cache log to see if cache started
    7) view the report - transient html saved should have been blown away and new one created.

    ONLY then change settings to try something else.

    hopefully that's clear enough for now, check back at http://wpusersplugin.com/ later for screen shots etc.

  12. metate
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thank you very much for all your work and I’ve read your articles! I very much appreciate you sticking with me on this!

    Very briefly I suspect the problem is that either you are not giving the cache a chance to run for the later reports and/or some of your data is not stored in wp user meta table --> I’ve waited everything from 30 seconds to several Days in between an update and viewing the lists. The data I’m testing with is first name, last name, role, etc (so normal wp data).

    I have a total of 6 lists and 3 will “update automatically” (ie, I change my first name, a couple of minutes later, I can see the updated first name in the list) and 3 will not “update automatically” (ie, I change my first name and the change is not reflected in the lists until I manually rebuild cache). I’ve tried not doing anything (ie viewing other admin pages or website pages) between the change and looking at the lists, I’ve tried viewing web pages, I’ve tried waiting 30 seconds, I’ve tried waiting days. The result has always been the same that these specific list don’t update.

    With cache settings of this, went thru your steps below:
    [unchecked] do NOT re-cache on user update
    [selected] Hourly auto caching

    Basically one must patiently step through all aspects:
    1) make the update, --> changed first name and display name
    2) check the log, see single job scheduled, --> checked user lists>cache logs, see:
    • 2012-10-01 16:16:13 - Completed user-01 in 1.71 microseconds
    • 2012-10-01 16:16:12 - Cached next batch of 82 from 0
    • 2012-10-01 16:16:09 - Schedule background cacheing of report: 2
    • 2012-10-01 16:16:09 - Schedule background cacheing of report: 6
    • 2012-10-01 16:16:09 - Schedule background cacheing of report: 1
    • 2012-10-01 16:16:09 - Received background cache request for 7 reports
    • 2012-10-01 16:16:09 - Update of user meta record 102 - user reporting cache update requested

    3) cause cron to run after job's scheduled time or force job to run immediately, then --> selected Run Now (amr cron plugin) for “amr_regular_reportcacheing”
    4) see jobs scheduled for each list on cron manager --> see this entry in cron manager: amr_regular_reportcacheing
    5) wait for scheduled time or force immediate run (you can do this with my cron manager), and do at least one page fresh so cron will run. --> visited web page with list on it
    6) check the cache log to see if cache started --> check user list > cache log, see:
    • 2012-10-01 16:21:52 - Completed user-02 in 0.60 microseconds
    • 2012-10-01 16:21:52 - Cached next batch of 82 from 0
    • 2012-10-01 16:21:52 - Completed user-06 in 0.63 microseconds
    • 2012-10-01 16:21:52 - Cached next batch of 82 from 0
    • 2012-10-01 16:21:51 - Completed user-01 in 0.84 microseconds
    • 2012-10-01 16:21:51 - Cached next batch of 82 from 0

    7) view the report - transient html saved should have been blown away and new one created. --> Viewed list on webpage and in wp admin – the first name and display are NOT updated

  13. anmari
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi,
    just looking at code trying to see why it knows it has 7 reports to schedule, but then only schedules 3... see the log you pasted. It says it scheduled 1,2,6 (it does skip schedule if already scheduled or in progress... but.. maybe there is something there.)

    Are the lists that are updating the 1,2, and 6 lists? and are the lists that are not updating numbered higher than 6 ?

    And have you done a fair bit of deleting and making new lists etc?

    I need to dig into something further to see if what I am looking at would fail under certain situation.

  14. metate
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    We have list #s: 1, 2, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12
    And you're right - the lists above 6 are the ones not "updating". 1, 2, and 6 update. I guess we've done a good bit of deleted - ie, we've created a total of 12 but only have 7 active today (some of that was before I started working with it).
    If I go backwards in the cache log, it consistently shows only 1,2,6.
    Would access to our site help?

  15. metate
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi anmari,
    I think we might have something...:)
    Your questions sent me on a quest. On a test site, we had 10 sequential lists. These all cached and "updated" as expected. I then deleted 3 lists right in the middle. Now, the first four lists "update" and the last three do NOT.
    This is the cache status on the test site:
    Report Id Ended? How long ago?
    user-01 Fri, 5 Oct 19:11:02 1 min
    user-02 Fri, 5 Oct 19:10:55 1 min
    user-06 Fri, 5 Oct 19:12:00 1 min
    user-07 Fri, 5 Oct 19:10:56 1 min
    user-08 Fri, 5 Oct 16:23:05 3 hours
    user-09 Fri, 5 Oct 16:23:06 3 hours
    user-10 Fri, 5 Oct 16:23:07 3 hours

    This is the cache status on our live site (what all the fuss is about up above):
    Report Id Ended? How long ago?
    user-01 Fri, 5 Oct 18:46:07 36 mins
    user-02 Fri, 5 Oct 18:46:09 36 mins
    user-06 Fri, 5 Oct 18:46:08 36 mins
    user-09 Tue, 2 Oct 09:06:18 3 days
    user-10 Tue, 2 Oct 09:05:56 3 days
    user-11 Mon, 1 Oct 11:29:03 4 days

    Does this help????

  16. anmari
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    Yup - a very annnoying 'little' bug that got introduced due to a change a while back.

    Quick Fix that seems to do it for me in quick testing:

    Change line 289 in amr-users.php

    comment out :
    //if ($i <= count($amain['names'])) {

    replace with:

    if (!empty($amain['names'][$i])) {

    An update should be up later today.

  17. metate
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    YEAH!!! I'm NOT crazy!!!!!!!!!!
    I look forward to the update with glee!! :)
    I will test it and let you know how it goes!!

  18. metate
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Okay, I tried to wait for your update, but I just couldn't! :) I changed the lines of code and IT WORKS!!!
    Steps: changed code, changed first name and display name, waited a few minutes, went to each list and found the names updated in ALL lists!
    Here's the cache status that supports that too:
    Report Id Ended? How long ago?
    user-01 Tue, 9 Oct 08:30:48 6 mins
    user-02 Tue, 9 Oct 08:35:08 2 mins
    user-06 Tue, 9 Oct 08:31:45 5 mins
    user-09 Tue, 9 Oct 08:35:09 2 mins
    user-10 Tue, 9 Oct 08:35:10 2 mins
    user-11 Tue, 9 Oct 08:35:50 1 min

    As soon as the update comes out, I'll update, test, and wrap this up!!

  19. anmari
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    apologies - family life intervened before I finished my second level remote test, so update did not go up when planned.

    Updates is now up at wordpress and at the test site
    http://directories.wpusersplugin.com/

  20. metate
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Look at that - it's resolved!!! :) :)
    So I got the update, ran it on the test site for a couple of days (like normal), no issues, then pushed to live - all lists are updating like they should!!!!!!!!
    Thank you for fixing this!!!!!

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