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  • Resolved toddhalfpenny


    Hi there,

    I’m developing a new version of one of my plugins and I want to test the install/upgrade function (called by the register_activation_hook()) since the new version changes the manner in which the options are stored in the DB.

    What I’m wondering is how can I test this install/upgrade process without putting the plugin live. Is it possible to force an upgrade from a non-stable version of the plugin (if I commit it) or is there a manual process which can be used without evening committing it?

    All help greatly appreciated.

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  • Plugin (like theme) updates are essentially an over-write of the existing code. I would suggest setting up a test environment (or several) and install the current plugin … test for functionality (it should work just fine).

    Then simply overwrite the current with the latest version you are working on and re-test. Unfortunately if you have not written any “undo” functions into the plugin you will need multiple sandboxes to test with and play in.

    … that would be one approach I would take. I hope it helps …

    Thanks for the reply… I’m just wondering if this approach would still execute the function I have called via the register_activation_hook().

    From what I understand on this page: the function should work based on the user actions on the Plugin page, at least for testing purposes.

    Ah right… so looks like I need to deactivate the current version, overwrite the file with the new version and then activate the new version.

    I’ll give this a go and see what happens.

    So what I eventually did was deactivate the existing (old) plugin, overwrite it and then activate it.
    The code within the code within the function called by the register_activation_hook was handled at this point.

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