[wp-hackers] Richer metadata for plugin versions

Dion Hulse (dd32) wordpress at dd32.id.au
Thu Jul 12 07:25:14 UTC 2012

On 12 July 2012 17:20, Tom Barrett <tcbarrett at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 11 July 2012 20:03, Otto <otto at ottodestruct.com> wrote:
>> On Wed, Jul 11, 2012 at 12:45 PM, David Anderson <david at wordshell.net>
>> wrote:
>> > - If "you should update any and all plugins immediately", then WordPress
>> > should just do it.
>> I agree, it should. Hopefully that's something we can add in the future.
> That's got to be a pretty easy thing to implement. Why haven't you done it?
> You know when there is an update, and you've written the button that does
> the update, just 'auto-click' it, as it were.

Little more complicated than that, you've got race conditions to deal
with, security implications from bad plugin updates, people who don't
want things happening automatically such as that, accounts that
require FTP access first, cases where users are using the site at the
time, and updateing the plugin causes the site to be unavailable for a
few seconds, cases where it causes the site to fatal error due to a
bad plugin update (either caused by WordPress, or the Plugin
The list goes on.
It's not impossible, but it's also not been in the best interest of
WordPress users to add such a functionality yet (If people so wanted
to enable that).

(Please, can everyone NOT post pointless "NO! Never add auto-update
functions to WordPress" posts to keep the list quiet? you can voice
your opinions later down the line when/if it's ever implemented in
core at that time.. )

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