Support » Plugin: Media Deduper » Unfixed bug, can cause data loss

  • The plugin should be used with extreme caution currently.

    There is a bug where if you have duplicate media library entries which point to the same file location, it will cause complete loss of that image when you attempt to remove duplicates using deduper. You’ll end up with a “broken file” image, as the entry still remains in the database but the file has been deleted – even if you chose to “preserve featured image”.

    You may not run into this issue, but it’s better to avoid using this until it’s fixed – unfortunately, the issue was reported 3 months ago and there has been no response from the dev.

    Definitely do not use if you are running WP Job Manager.

    • This topic was modified 3 years, 3 months ago by MrBrian.
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  • Plugin Author Ben Byrne


    As lead developer on this project: I agree completely with this assessment! Currently this plugin doesn’t check WHY to media posts have exactly the same file data associated with them, it just sees that they do. If you’ve got multiple media posts “sharing” the exact same media file, use of this plugin would quite likely result in data loss.

    We’re working on it.

    Plugin Author Ben Byrne


    Hi MrBrian (and anyone else reading this review!) — we’ve just released version 1.1.0 of Media Deduper, which introduces support for identifying when items are flagged as duplicates because they share the same media file. By default, we’re omitting those posts from the list of duplicates, since deleting any one of them can cause data loss. However, we’re implemented the ability to show those if you want, which can be useful if you’re trying to identify redundant posts and not just redundant files.

    Please take a look and let us know what you think!

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