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Unable to update / upgrade anything in WordPress using Auto-Update

You are unable to upgrade automatically your WordPress installation. You are also not able to update your plugins. You have also tried everything to make your connection settings correct and it still does not work.

The reason: Your PHP scripts does not have the permission to write.

The solution: Install suPHP

$ apt-get install libapache2-mod-suphp

Add this in your Apache conf:

suPHP_Engine on


$ a2dismod php5
$ /etc/init.d/apache2 restart

CHOWN and CHGRP your home directory

$ chmod -R wenbert /home/wenbert
$ chgrp -R wenbert /home/wenbert

Resources: http://www.suphp.org/DocumentationView.html?file=apache/INSTALL

FYI: I am on Ubuntu.

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