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[resolved] [closed] Live site automatically updated to an Alpha version (46 posts)

  1. Jon-B
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi,

    One of my sites automatically upgraded to 3.9.1 earlier this evening, then a couple of hours later I got an email saying it had automatically upgraded to an alpha version WordPress 4.0-alpha-20140507.

    On the wordpress updates page in admin it says: BETA TESTERS: This site is set up to install updates of future beta versions automatically. I'm pretty sure I never set this, though I won't rule out myself making a mistake. Is it possible that there was a bug that caused this?

    I can't find anywhere that controls what updates should apply, though I don't recall setting it up to install beta and alpha versions. From searching I found something called a beta tester plugin, though I don't have any such plugin installed on my sites.

    I'm a bit lost at this point as to what is going on, where I would turn automatic updates off or check the settings etc. I'm happy enough with finalised updates being automatic but I'd rather not be installing beta and alpha versions.

  2. 247creative
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi all,

    Seconded! Just had two production sites get "automagically" updated to the Alpha version tonight, and I suspect they won't be the last as I admin around 50+ WP Installs!

    One way or another, it's going to be something of a pain to downgrade these back to (what is hopefully) the stable 3.9 branch.

    I guess it's possible the the Alpha branch has accidentally been "pushed" onto the auto-update release for 3.9.1 - anyone out there have any ideas on this?

  3. Iain Mars
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi guys

    I have this problem too. Interestingly I ONLY have this problem on my EN_GB sites?

    Hopefully the issue will be patched with a minor update or we'll have to roll them back manually to 3.9.1

    iain

  4. Jon-B
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Yeah it's happened only on my site that I've got en_GB set on as well. Not needed to use localization on my other sites so those are just left to wordpress default iirc.

  5. 247creative
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    EN_GB is very definitely the culprit by the looks of things (at least on the sites I look after); anything that's been left to default hasn't been affected by this.

  6. DanielTulp
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I have this problem also with an en_GB install.

  7. underclass
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Also happened here

  8. Lepussaliens
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Yup, happened to 5 of my sites - all en_GB version. So how do we get out of this situaton? I do not want to be at the bleeding edge. I want things safe and secure and would probably rather be in control of updates myself.

  9. Clubpress
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Same here! It's happened to my live sites running en_GB language. This post looks like a similar issue but I haven't checked yet.

  10. hlanggo
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Happened to one of my sites too. :(

  11. Lepussaliens
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    That other post was three weeks ago and refers to manual updates from 3.9.1 to 4.0 on is_IS and nl_NL. Looks like the localised builds have the problem!

  12. Stephen Edgar
    bbPress & Polyglots
    Posted 1 year ago #

    The WordPress 3.9.1 en_GB package has now been fixed.

    To reinstall the correct version please see this post:
    http://wordpress.org/support/topic/updat-wp-39-installed-40-alpha?replies=32#post-5470519

  13. Lepussaliens
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi Stephen. Yes I looked at that but it's not the same problem. This happened a few hours ago and is not fixed.We have been automatically upgraded to 4.0 AND been turned into automatic Beta test sites: "BETA TESTERS: This site is set up to install updates of future beta versions automatically."

    I am not, have never been and never want to be a beta tester and resent haveing to delve around in code to change something I never asked for!

    I have five sites already gone over and I expect there will be others I cannot recall how many of the top of my head run the en_GB version.

    I haven't the time to check if every bit works but most sites are low on plugins so I probably don't mind being on 4.0 but I don't want to be on some beta tomorrow and I resent having no choice about when and how I upgrade without coding. That is not what most people want from WordPress.

  14. DanielTulp
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    My site had been updated to yhe 4.0 alpha version 3 times now...
    Will do a manual downgrade when I get out of bed.

  15. hlanggo
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I'm concerned that if I downgrade manually, it will still upgrade automatically to Alpha version.

  16. Stephen Edgar
    bbPress & Polyglots
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi Lepussaliens,

    I have just downloaded the updated 3.9.1 en_GB package to confirm it is the correct 3.9.1 version and it is.

    Once you have followed the steps outlined in the post I linked to above your site will be restored and working as you expect it should work and you will not automatically be upgraded to future beta versions etc

    I agree with your statement that you should be able to upgrade effectively without any code editing. I haven't spoken to the en_GB team directly but passing on my apologies on behalf of them anyway, I know they are sorry for the mishap and it indeed it is not what most people want or expect from WordPress.

    We are changing the way these updates are packaged and deployed for WordPress 4.0 so the fixes to prevent this from reoccurring.

  17. hlanggo
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Edited post to avoid confusing other people.

    To fix this problem, you just need to change the version number in ONE file. No manual downgrading required.

  18. Lepussaliens
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi Stephen

    Thank you so much for helping. I have just done one site and it seems to be OK.

    I changed the the wp_version in /wp-includes/version.php from 4.0-alpha to 3.9 as instructed. It immediately told me there was a new version vailable and prompted me to upgade to 3.9.1 which I did. Does it work if you change the version to 3.9.1 in version,php? Would it be a bit quicker.

    Also how long before the others get auto updated to some beta? as it's the middle of the night and I want to go to bed!

    Your advice is appreciated

  19. hlanggo
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    OK, I think I got it. (The comments about manual downgrades put me on the wrong track at first.)

  20. Stephen Edgar
    bbPress & Polyglots
    Posted 1 year ago #

    @hlanggo Follow the steps in this post.

    Edit: Oh you got it :)

  21. hlanggo
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Yes, I got it. Didn't read your post carefully at first since I was dreading having to manually downgrade. (I think that section in the upgrading page should be removed as this step is so much more simple.)

    The key step is just to change the wp-version number in one file so you downgrade with one-click.

  22. Stephen Edgar
    bbPress & Polyglots
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thank you so much for helping. I have just done one site and it seems to be OK.

    Cool and your welcome :)

    I changed the the wp_version in /wp-includes/version.php from 4.0-alpha to 3.9 as instructed. It immediately told me there was a new version vailable and prompted me to upgade to 3.9.1 which I did. Does it work if you change the version to 3.9.1 in version,php? Would it be a bit quicker.

    Not really, not entirely sure, I haven't tested this, in theory I may be slightly quicker though I'm not sure you would notice.

    As stated I haven't tested this method and I'd suggest staying with the method we have tested, compounding any issues here is not what we want right now ;)

    Also how long before the others get auto updated to some beta? as it's the middle of the night and I want to go to bed!

    I haven't tested this for a while but I think it will deliver the latest 'nightly', thus this is a once per day update.

    If you need to scoot off for the night, that shouldn't be an issue, the same process to fix it will work tomorrow. :)

  23. Lepussaliens
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    There you go, another problem. Tried another site and got:

    "Could not copy file.: wordpress/wp-admin/includes/dashboard.php
    Installation Failed"

    What now?

    Seriously I have had a day of bad stuff following a week of bad stuff. I can do without all this!

  24. Stephen Edgar
    bbPress & Polyglots
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Yes, I got it. Didn't read your post carefully at first since I was dreading having to manually downgrade. (I think that section in the upgrading page should be removed as this step is so much more simple.)

    Which specific section? I see that codex article as 'Upgrading', nothing there on 'Downgrading'

  25. hlanggo
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I think any version number below 3.9 would worked. I changed it to 3.8.3

    @Lepussaliens

    :(

  26. hlanggo
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Which specific section? I see that codex article as 'Upgrading', nothing there on 'Downgrading'

    I was under the impression that to downgrade manually would involve the same steps as upgrading manually.

  27. Stephen Edgar
    bbPress & Polyglots
    Posted 1 year ago #

    @hlanggo My previous comment was based on the codex article you linked to before editing your post ;)

  28. Lepussaliens
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Stephen do you have any suggestions for my issue?

  29. Stephen Edgar
    bbPress & Polyglots
    Posted 1 year ago #

    @Lepussaliens Was it a timeout issue or is the site noe completely broken?

    If it was a timeout are you able to kick off the process again?

  30. Lepussaliens
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I am stuck on 3.9. I have tried it again a couple of times and it give the same result.

    Having just done it on the same server it seems odd to be a time out problem though I have had issues before and had to increase the timeout on the server

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