Support » Requests and Feedback » Automatic Upgrade Should Not Overwrite Customized Files

  • It has happened again, as it always seem to do, Automatic Upgrade of 3.1.3 overwrites customized files, seemingly theme files too even though I don’t see .css listed for upgrade.

    This is a feedback/request.

    By default Automatic Upgrade should not just overwrite customized files. It should stop, notify the user which files are to be overwritten and at the very least automatically back up … or give the option to automatically back up old files.

    Yah-yah-yah … I know … some smartass will pop up next and snigger “you should have backup-ed your files”.

    That is not the point. I did it to see what would happen this time and it still does the same. No warning, no backup (even though it could easily and may well do cache file). As I say, I did not look at it closely but I looked to see if the upgrade included theme files and it did not … and yet the default theme was changed without warning and against my will.

    This is wrong action and lacking in foresight.

    Perhaps it is too much to expect WordPress to offer the script that something like phpBB3 does – which checks, shows diffs and conflicts, and automatically upgrades where the user chooses – but, surely, as the very least courtesy, we should offer a back up/roll back option by default?

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  • Moderator Samuel Wood (Otto)

    (@otto42) Admin

    Way ahead of you. 3.2 adds the ability to do partial upgrades. It doesn’t do those sort of upgrades itself, because 3.1 is sort of an all-or-nothing upgrade deal. Future upgrades will be changed-files-only, sort of thing.

    Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)


    Lead Plugin Wrangler

    As for the css stuff, if you’re editing the default theme (twenty ten, twenty eleven) then yes, right now the updates WILL overwrite them. So will any updates to the theme itself, mind you, so DO consider making a child theme 🙂

    But I’m stoked about the partial upgrades in 3.2 😀

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