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  • Duplicator (WordPress Migration Plugin) misses out of the archive the files error_log and .htaccess in the WordPress root directory. This omission was introduced with Version 1.3.0 dated 2018-12-17.

    Up till Version 1.2.52 those files are correctly included in the archive.

    Can the inclusion of those files be restored in a further Version of Duplicator, please?

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  • Plugin Author Cory Lamle

    (@corylamleorg)

    Hey @botibol,

    The .htaccess file can be restored on step 1 of the installer under options > config files > restore original. The error_log file was removed to reduce the size of the package as many users had error logs in-excess of 1GB and since it was a non-critical file we chose to exclude it. The file will automatically be created once a new error log is triggered on the new system. Do you have a use case we missed where it would be needed on the new box as part of the package?

    Cheers~

    Thread Starter David Botibol

    (@botibol)

    Hi Cory

    Thank you for the reply. Working from what you say, it seems that the root directory .htaccess file is renamed to htaccess.orig in the archive. If there is an existing htaccess.orig in the root directory, it is omitted from the archive.

    Apart from migration, Duplicator also serves as a simple backup utility. (See https://en-gb.wordpress.org/plugins/duplicator/). It is in this backup use case that all files may be needed. One example is malicious damage to a website. Forensic investigation may wish to compare current files with previously backed up versions. The old error_log could be of interest.

    I accept that some users would wish to exclude large error logs from the archive, but this exclusion was formerly available at the user’s choice via File Filters. Would you like to reinstate that choice?

    Best wishes,

    David

    Plugin Author Cory Lamle

    (@corylamleorg)

    Hey David,

    Thanks for the feedback! We haven’t had any other requests for that, but we will keep your idea in the backlog and take a look at it…

    Cheers~

    Thread Starter David Botibol

    (@botibol)

    Hi Cory,

    I can understand that there would not have been other requests for this. The decision to omit error_log and rename .htaccess is not mentioned in https://snapcreek.com/duplicator/docs/changelog-legacy/. People would not be aware of it. People would assume that Duplicator backs up all the files as named, as it formerly did. People will not be motivated to raise the issue unless they need to extract one of those files from backup and suffer the distress of not finding the copy that they relied upon being there.

    Thanks for taking note.

    Best wishes,

    David

    Plugin Author Cory Lamle

    (@corylamleorg)

    For sure… thanks for the feedback David!

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