[wp-hackers] Lost categories upgrading to 2.5.1

Alexander Beutl xel at netgra.de
Wed Apr 30 16:31:52 GMT 2008

> and in fact reported a successful upgrade, bothers me.

you're right that it should have reported the failure. Maybe one should add
"If you do not see any error messages above everything is fine now. If you
see any errors something is broken now - you should import your backup or
let your sysadmin do this for you if you lack paermissions.".
Would that satisfy you?

Yes it may be nice to have cancelled the upgrade in this specific case. In
other cases it might be even better to proceed... anyway: It dosn't matter
if your database is messed up a litte or much - you'd have to import the
backup anyway.

However, that the upgrader borks the system when not given sufficient
> privileges is a very serious bug.

You know - most bugs reside behind a keybord, more systems have been crashed
by admins then any hacker could do in a livetime. It is a bug to try
upgrading your database if you lack permissions to do this.

And then there will come some more people and complain about WordPress being

Yes upgrade may be a critical point. But it isn't only the softwares who
should know upgrading is critial - it should be every one who UPGRADES. If
your system is configured for you to do nothing and not to be able to do
admin things you should simply keep your fingers away from it - and maybe
your damn cool sysadmin should have informed you about that.

2008/4/30 Stefano Aglietti <steagl4ml at gmail.com>:

> On Wed, 30 Apr 2008 17:52:13 +0200, "Alexander Beutl" <xel at netgra.de>
> wrote:
> >>
> >> If WP never have privileges to CREATE table.. how where you able to
> >> install it first time?
> >
> >Because it was created by another MySQL User who had permissions of
> course -
> >because it was imported with another user.
> I know... well this mean that system was intended to be used by users
> but managed for sysadmin by another user with right priveleges. Then
> try tu upgrading WP by a normal user is against how that system was
> intended to be used.
> Tne it's a no problem again not a WP bug, even id adding a check and a
> warning would be nice, but not a bug if not present.
> --
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