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    Hello all,

    I am trying to dynamically install WP in a VM when I bring it up. The goal being the WP instance that comes up in the VM should be configurable, have content according to what I want etc..

    I can bring up the VM, and download latest.tar.gz , and modify 000-sites for apache and wp-config programatically.

    I am stuck at the main WP-install page which has the 5 min install. I need to fill in:
    – site title
    – password twice
    – email
    and click the install button

    Once I do this I can programatically fill in posts and pages etc.. using python-wordpress-xmlrpc

    What I need to do is skip the manual installation step above. Is there some file on the wordpress directory I can modify that will allow me to basically install WP without going through the http://IPaddr/wp-admin/install.php ?

    My wp-config.php already has the username, DB name, password etc.. in it. If i try to use python-wordpress-xmlrpc to fill in posts/pages without completing the install step, understandably, things do not work out. So in essence can I use a language like Python etc.. to effectively do what the install page is doing (I could try to use selenium to fill out the install page – but that might be a bit of a heavyweight approach)

    Any advice will be great!

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  • Found this interesting topic on Stackoverflow – but no easy solution proposed:

    As an alternative to calling wp_install(), I suppose you could dump an existing installed database, modify it as required, and use it to create the database for your new installation.

    Here’s what I did – quite simple actually – and I apologize in advance for the hackish looking code:

    import argparse
    import mechanize

    def wpFillInstallPage(sname):
    br[‘weblog_title’]=’Welcome to ‘ + sname

    if __name__ == “__main__”:

    parser = argparse.ArgumentParser(description=’Fill out the wp install page’)
    parser.add_argument(‘siteName’, type=str, help=’the name of the site’)

    args = parser.parse_args()


    Now I can use python to set up posts etc..

    Well – I’m back, apparently things are not as rosy as I thought (surprise!) 🙂

    When I try to login to WP – I am getting a download request for wp-login.php – instead of logging me into the admin panel. If I fill in the install page manually – then putting in the username and passwd does log me into the admin panel properly.

    Can anyone advise why this is happening and a possible solution ?

    More details below

    Once I use the code above (in the last reply) – navigating to the URL (like gives the following page content:

    Already Installed

    You appear to have already installed WordPress. To reinstall please clear your old database tables first.

    Log In

    at http://localhost/wp-admin/install.php

    However, if I manually fill in the values on the actual install page I get the following:


    WordPress has been installed. Were you expecting more steps? Sorry to disappoint.
    Username wpuser

    Your chosen password.

    at http://localhost/wp-admin/install.php?step=2

    then I can successfully visit – http://localhost/wp-login.php and log in as usual.

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