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#29407 – Updating with Watchful.li

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Monday, 19 March 2018 10:50 CDT
arnoldwender
Hello,

I just want to ask you to please consider adding support to use the Wordpress updates report system, I use Watchful.li and I have to update manually Akkeba Backup on all the WordPress sites I use Akeeba Backup, that´s a tedious task.

Thank You!

P.S. Thank you for the Akeeba stickers and card, they are awesome!

Arnold

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WordPress version (in x.y.z format) 4.9.4
PHP version (in x.y.z format) 7.1
Akeeba Backup version (x.y.z format) 3.0.1
Wender Media - https://www.wendermedia.com
My old J! tutorials site - http://www.joomlamania.org
Tuesday, 20 March 2018 01:46 CDT
nicholas
Hello Arnold,

This is only possible for plugins which are listed in and distributed through the WordPress Plugin Directory. Unfortunately, the directory poses some restrictions which make it impossible for us to use it. Most notably it requires developers to not make money out of their software. Developing and supporting Akeeba Backup is a full time job for four people. It simply can't be done free of charge. We don't have millions in venture capitalist funding like Automattic does...

Besides, I have no idea why you filed this ticket to begin with. Watchful.li supports updating Akeeba Backup for WordPress since late 2014. You may need to enter your Download ID. If unsure, ask them :)


Nicholas K. Dionysopoulos

Lead Developer and Director



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Tuesday, 20 March 2018 01:49 CDT
arnoldwender
Hi Nicholas,

That´s weird, I filled this Ticket after getting the response from Watchful.li, see Attachement, have a nice day!

My Download-ID is of course entered since day 1 of Watchful.li... but it only works for Joomla! Sites

Arnold
Wender Media - https://www.wendermedia.com
My old J! tutorials site - http://www.joomlamania.org
Tuesday, 20 March 2018 03:01 CDT
nicholas
Um, that doesn't make any sense whatsoever! I have often replied to tickets filed by Vic Drover specifically regarding the way Watchful.li handles Akeeba Backup updates. In fact we were talking about how to apply a definitive plugin name by means of a subdirectory in the ZIP file just a few months ago. I am wondering if they have the feature in beta but not deployed...?

If you are feeling adventurous, edit wp-content/plugins/akeebabackupwp/akeebabackupwp.php and find this block:
// Autoupdate info
// add_filter ('pre_set_site_transient_update_plugins', array('AkeebaBackupWPUpdater', 'getupdates'), 10, 2);
// add_filter ('plugins_api', array('AkeebaBackupWPUpdater', 'checkinfo'), 10, 3);
// add_filter ('upgrader_pre_download', array('AkeebaBackupWPUpdater', 'addDownloadID'), 10, 3);
// add_filter ('upgrader_package_options', array('AkeebaBackupWPUpdater', 'packageOptions'), 10, 2);
// add_filter ('after_plugin_row_akeebabackupwp/akeebabackupwp.php', array('AkeebaBackupWPUpdater', 'updateMessage'), 10, 3);

Change it to
// Autoupdate info
add_filter ('pre_set_site_transient_update_plugins', array('AkeebaBackupWPUpdater', 'getupdates'), 10, 2);
add_filter ('plugins_api', array('AkeebaBackupWPUpdater', 'checkinfo'), 10, 3);
add_filter ('upgrader_pre_download', array('AkeebaBackupWPUpdater', 'addDownloadID'), 10, 3);
add_filter ('upgrader_package_options', array('AkeebaBackupWPUpdater', 'packageOptions'), 10, 2);
add_filter ('after_plugin_row_akeebabackupwp/akeebabackupwp.php', array('AkeebaBackupWPUpdater', 'updateMessage'), 10, 3);

This will report the updates the WordPress' Plugins page. However, there was a reason we disabled it. Some badly written third party plugins interfere with these filters, causing WordPress to throw a white page / error 500. The problem does not come from our code so we can't fix it. It comes from third party code. Our code only triggers the bug in the third party code. So I disabled this feature until I can add a switch to let our users disable the integrated update.

Uncommenting the lines I indicated you will re-enable this feature. Akeeba Backup will now be reporting the availability of updates to WordPress. It will also provide the correct Download URL, with the Download ID, when WordPress tries to fetch the plugin update. I guess that should be more than enough for Watchful.li if that's what they meant in their reply (and not that the plugin has to be hosted in the Directory so they can query the update status through the Directory's API). Please let me know if that works.


Nicholas K. Dionysopoulos

Lead Developer and Director



🇬🇷Greek: native

🇬🇧English: excellent

🇫🇷French: basic



Please keep in mind my timezone and cultural differences when reading my replies. Thank you!



Thursday, 19 April 2018 17:17 CDT
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