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  • I’ve been using WordPress for a long time now, and I’ve never once gotten Automatic Upgrade to work.

    Each time I try, I deactivate all plugins and choose the default theme. But it always stops right after “downloading update”. In fact, when I look in the Content folder I see that the update hasn’t actually been downloaded, because it is a 0kb file.

    What could be going wrong here?

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  • Might try increase PHP memory…methods for increasing the amount of memory a PHP script may consume

    1. If you have access to your PHP.ini file, change the line in PHP.ini
    If your line shows 32M try 64M:
    memory_limit = 64M ; Maximum amount of memory a script may consume (64MB)

    2. If you don’t have access to PHP.ini try adding this to an .htaccess file:
    php_value memory_limit 64M

    3. Try adding this line to your wp-config.php file:
    define('WP_MEMORY_LIMIT', '64M');

    4. Talk to your host.

    If that doesn’t work, might try installing the and see if the “External Http Access” or “HTTP Access Logger Module” tells you anything.

    Hi Michael,

    Thanks for your reply. Where would I find the PHP.ini file? I can’t see it in the folder with the rest of my WP files using my FTP program, so I’m assuming I don’t have access.

    I tried your suggestion in #2, but that caused an “internal server error” when I attempted to load my blog afterwards.

    I was able to add the command in WP-config.php without a problem, but I won’t be able to tell if it works until the next upgrade.

    Michael, your fix worked perfectly. (Did it in htaccess.) This issue has been screwing with my install for a while, thanks!


    You suggestion #3 (editing wp-config.php file) worked great for me. #1 wasn’t possible and #2 caused a server error. All’s good now. Thanks!

    Best regards,


    I’ve tried adding the code to my wp-config.php file..
    define(‘WP_MEMORY_LIMIT’, ’64M’);
    but I’m unsure as to where to add. I’ve put it in various places but everytime I hit save (in dreamweaver) it gives me the invalid markup prompt and has also turned the colour of the code text to blue and all orange. The wp-config file I have has 76 lines, I added it to the end making it 77 lines, I also tried ading right at the start. I saved but still no auto upgrade. I am currently running 2.8.5
    Any help gratefully appreciated

    everytime I hit save (in dreamweaver)

    you can not use dreamweaver
    you must use a plain text editor like notepad or equivalent

    Still no solutions for 9 months?

    Anyway, did you try the Plugin that help you do automatic upgrade? That might be helpful.

    Still no solutions for 9 months? can’t read? :>)

    Hi, I put #3 into the wp-config.php file. No change

    Downloading update from…
    Unpacking the update…
    Could not create directory.: /public_html
    Installation Failed

    Please help.

    Moderator James Huff


    Volunteer Moderator 🚀

    Now try 1, 2, and 4.

    Would if I could find the files.
    Thanks for your help.

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