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  • I woke this morning to find that my site is getting the “It doesn’t look like you’ve installed WP yet. Try running install.php.” error, seemingly randomly, when clicking on links:

    I haven’t touched the configuration at all, and this suddenly started happening. The site itself seems fine, when reloading links, but the error keeps popping up. Any ideas what would cause this?

    Edit: I discovered the reason: My host just upgraded to PHP 4.4.0. How can I get rid of this error?

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  • Mark (podz)


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    At a guess, check they have upgraded their Zend optimiser too.

    I don’t know nothing bout no Zend, but this thread seems to indicate they didn’t, and suggest PHP 5 as a workaround:

    So, what is my course of action here?

    Mark (podz)


    Support Maven

    3rd post there ?

    Mark (podz)


    Support Maven

    You pay them money – demand better service.

    Yeah, well..yeah. I went to Powweb based on its being recommended by WordPress, but thats another issue.

    In the meanwhile, how can I get rid of the error? I did the PHP5 change, it hasn’t made a difference. Surely there is some check in WP that I can hack to bypass this error? Search turned up a few things, but they’re a bit outdated, looking at the code.

    I hacked wp-settings.php and wp-blog-header.php by replacing $_SERVER['PHP_SELF' with $_SERVER['SCRIPT_NAME' which seems to be working. If there is a more elegant solution, I would love to see it, as hacking core files is of course not desirable.

    Arlo — your hack didn’t work for me. I still get “It doesn’t look like you’ve installed WP yet. Try running install.php.”

    Can I bypass this PHP upgrade problem by upgrading my installation of WordPress? I’m on 1.2 right now. If I upgrade to 1.5, will the problem go away?

    I have no idea if upgrading will work for you, I’m already on 1.5.. couldn’ t hurt though, I suppose.

    What I don’ t understand is, from reading some threads, Zend isn’t even required by WordPress at all; in this thread, they even suggest turning it off to fix problems:

    And yet I am now running PHP5 with Zend turned on, and the error appears randomly. When I turn off Zend, I get the error continually (i.e the site won’t load at all). Clearly the issue is more than just Zend. Podz, any ideas?

    Wow, Arlo, that’s weird. I’m cruising your site fine for a second and then every 2-3 clicks the error occurs.

    I will make the brazen assumption that WP and their user base have tested the app under that (and most) versions of PHP.

    Hoping a fix comes to you soon. Nice site btw.

    I dunno, I’m at a loss here. Everyone is passing the blame to everyone else, and my site is still catatonic. It seems to me there should be a simple fix to this, some way some how.

    Podz, you seem to be the living knowledgebase around here, is there anything I can do on the WP side to stop this error?

    Powweb is telling me they are updating Zend soon. But I still have doubts that’s the only problem here. As pointed out earlier, I had Zend completely turned off, and the problem persisted.

    Does ANYONE have any insight into this?

    Thanks to a PHP whiz friend if mine, I changed the function update_user_cache() in functions.php to always return “true” and this has fixed the a not very elegant way.

    Perhaps someone who knows WordPress can reverse engineer this situation to point out what the root problem may be?

    I have update to 10 the field user_level in the users table of wordpress and I solved the problem

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