[wp-hackers] Auto Update Plugins

Jess Planck jess at funroe.net
Tue Feb 17 19:58:04 GMT 2009

Good to know. File storage and server file manipulation from plugins  
is rare but I do appreciate authors who use a location that is easy to  
recognize and well documented.

It helps when I write shell scripts for svn and rsync merges. I can  
write exclusion files easier. Not to mention in some cases I follow up  
with permissions changes on some systems... to avoid the phone calls  
by administrators ( that shouldn't be administrators..) that starts  
with: "I edited my theme / plugin file and..."

In my case ( not a typical user ) anything in wp-content is fair game.  
Except I may restrict plugins/ and themes/. If it's an upload, please  
use wp-content/uploads. If it's some wp-content/plugin-data directory,  
that's cool too.

I have had to deny using at least one plugin that did strange and  
unnecessary things inside it's own plugin directory.


On Feb 17, 2009, at 12:50 PM, scribu wrote:

> A php file isn't detected as a plugin unless it has a plugin header  
> with /*
> Plugin Name etc. */ so there shouldn't be any problem.
> You could even create a child plugin header to be parsed by the parent
> plugin:
> /*
> Child Plugin Name: Spam Karma Extenden
> Child Plugin Parent: Spam Karma
> */
> I think the best name would be /wp-content/plugin-data/ because  
> dashes are
> used everywhere instead of spaces or underscores.
> On Tue, Feb 17, 2009 at 8:05 PM, Jess Planck <jess at funroe.net> wrote:
>> I thought something like wp-content/plugin_data/ was more  
>> appropriate.
>> Doesn't WordPress comb wp-content/plugins/ for sub-folder plugins?  
>> Wouldn't
>> wp-content/plugins_data/plugins_data.php file be seen as as  
>> potential plugin
>> and possible hazard?
>> Jess
>> On Feb 17, 2009, at 11:53 AM, Stephen Rider wrote:
>> Anyway, that's my two bits, and that's probably the way I'm going  
>> to start
>>> doing my plugins until something significantly better comes along.
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