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  • Resolved bretstradamus


    Hello, I’m trying to find the .maintenance file so I can delete it and get rid of that annoying “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute.” message. In my FTP, I’ve turned on “force showing hidden files” and I still can’t seem to locate it. Can anyone help me out?

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  • esmi


    Forum Moderator

    It should be in the root folder of your WordPress install.

    It doesn’t seem to be there. Any ideas of how I can locate it?



    Forum Moderator

    Are you sure that you can see all hidden files? Can you see any .htaccess files?

    Yes, I do see the .htaccess file.

    Nevermind, my site seems to have started working again all by itself. Thanks for your help.

    I am having a similar problem after upgrading to 3.2.1 I get the following message on my main dashpord screen (An automated WordPress update has failed to complete – please attempt the update again now).
    When I try that it crashes my system. I cannot find either the .maintenace file or the .htaccess file. Are there any other suggestions?

    I couldn’t find the .maintainance file either but fixed this by undoing my most recent changes.

    In this case, I had edited functions.php. I removed the three lines of code I had added and my website became available again.

    In closing, if you can’t find the .maintainance file (or deleting it doesn’t work) and if you’ve recently edited a theme or plugin file, just delete your most recent edits.

    I was in the situation as well. I tried to find .maintenance file but there was none. Then when I was backing up all my data, the problem fixed automatically and the maintenance mode was no more there.

    I don’t really understand the actual mechanism behind that but I think there is some time dependent function which takes the site into maintenance mode during update.

    I hope someone with more knowledge pops in.

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