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  • Resolved Bullrunner



    I have all automatic updates disabled but WP still updated to 3.8.2 by itself.

    I am using the latest version of the plugin on a single site on a LAMP server – does anyone know if there are any compatibility issues with other plugins (e.g. W3TC; BP Security; Wordfence) or has this happened to anyone else?



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  • Same problem here.

    same here.

    in your FAQ you wrote
    What are advanced settings?
    Disable VCS Check

    By default, WordPress will check for the existence of VCS (version control system) files, and if any are found, will not perform automatic updates. Selecting “Disable VCS Check?” will force WordPress to bypass this check, and perform updates regardless of the existence of VCS files.

    But in your interface there’s another description
    “Enable updates for VCS installations?”
    I checked it because in my English understanding it means Do not disable VCS file to avoid forced automatically updates.

    So what do you reply about? Why not use a simple description/function automatically update yes/no without any tricky words? So who need more control search for another plugin like you wrote in the description.
    Thanks for reading. We wait one reply from you.


    Yes, same here. I’d set it to no updating and just got an email that the thing had updated to WP 3.8.2 🙁

    no reaction from chip yet? 🙁

    Thread Starter Bullrunner


    Interestingly, one of my sites has VCS updates ticked and did not update to WP 3.8.2 whilst the other did update but has nothing ticked at all.

    Can’t say for sure if it’s the behaviour of that tickbox alone though, as the site that didn’t update uses iThemes Security (AKA Better WP Security) and the one that did update uses Bulletproof Security and Wordfence and, based on previous experience, plugin problems can often be attributed to security or caching plugins (both sites use W3 Total Cache).

    Anyway, with no sure way of knowing and with WP 3.9 due to land next week, I found a couple of replacement plugins that should do the trick:
    Disable Updates Manager
    Advanced Automatic Updates

    Personally, I’ve chosen to use Advanced Automatic Updates but there’s no guarantee that either of them work any better than this plugin!

    I had VCS updates ticked in all my 4 websites and their did update ignoring the plugin.
    Better check for another plugin how you suggested too or find a manual way to add some code in the config.php like I read in a post on WP support.

    Anyhow no reply from the author :-((

    Plugin Author Chip Bennett


    Hi all. I’m sorry that you’re having issues with the Plugin. Given the nature of the Plugin, it is extremely difficult to identify/diagnose issues, because it only functions whenever WordPress core updates (or when Themes/Plugins update, if you have those settings configured).

    When reporting issues, please include information that will potentially help identify issues:

    1. WordPress version
    2. Plugin settings
    3. Active Theme
    4. Active Plugins
    5. wp-config.php customizations related to auto-update

    This Plugin is actually very simple, and has few failure points. When WordPress runs the update routine, it conditionally performs certain operations based on a filterable (true/false) value. This Plugin simply passes true or false to that filterable value, based on the Plugin setting for that filter.

    The problem is, because WordPress updates are so infrequent, it’s really tough to figure out what went wrong, and why, when something does go wrong. But I’ll do my best to help figure out what’s going on.

    Plugin Author Chip Bennett


    @wocmultimedia please start your own topic.

    Thread Starter Bullrunner


    Hey Chip, no worries. Thanks for the plugin and for offering support.

    Hope this helps you track down the problem:
    1. WP 3.8.1 (now 3.8.2)
    2. Everything off and unticked. All automatic updates disabled.
    3. Headway Theme
    4. (just a few plugins…I should probably cull the ones I’m not actually using)
    Antispam Bee
    Article Builder (Headway theme)
    BAW Manual Related Posts
    Block Bad Queries (BBQ)
    Broken Link Checker
    BulletProof Security
    Comprehensive Google Map Plugin
    Cookie Law Info
    DoFollow Case by Case
    EWWW Image Optimizer
    Google Analytics for WordPress
    Google Maps Widget
    jQuery Updater
    Login Security Solution
    My Category Order
    My Page Order
    P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler)
    Pizazz ExcerptsPlus (Headway theme)
    PizazzWP SliderPlus (Headway theme)
    PizazzWP Swiss Army Block (Headway theme)
    Pretty Link Lite
    prettyPhoto Media
    remove links from comments
    Remove More Jump
    Rich Text Excerpts
    Simple Page Ordering
    Simple Share Buttons Adder
    TinyMCE Advanced
    W3 Total Cache
    Wordfence Security
    WordPress File Monitor Plus
    WordPress SEO
    WP DoNotTrack
    5. No auto-update changes made to wp-config.php

    Thanks again


    PS @wocmultimedia – the other site had an external ftp password so the auto-update couldn’t happen. You’re correct that the VCS tickbox had nothing to do with it.

    Plugin Author Chip Bennett


    Okay, I found the problem, and just pushed the fix in version 1.4.

    The issue was a wrong filter name:

    add_filter( 'auto_updater_disabled', '__return_true', 1 );

    From wp-admin\includes\class-wp-upgrader.php:

    return apply_filters( 'automatic_updater_disabled', $disabled );

    I’ve fixed the Plugin so that it’s filtering the correct filter name: automatic_updater_disabled.

    Sorry for any inconvenience, and thanks for using the Plugin!

    Thread Starter Bullrunner


    Hi Chip

    Thanks for fixing the plugin. I’ll try it out again and let you know if there are any issues.



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