Normally wordpress will auto-update fine without a fuss, but now throws the old ftp credentials form up in my grill.

I haven't changed any permissions in between updates, even running chmod and chown recursively to be sure, but still wordpress wants the ftp.

Out of the few wordpress installations i run, this is the only one playing hard-to-update.

I'll resort to a manual update if i have to and hope it fixes itself, but it'd be great to know what's the beef.

  • it's usually about chown actually. what user and group are you using with chown? ngnix or apache? what's the user who runs nginx or apache?
    – Jesse
    Apr 25, 2013 at 10:44
  • default www-data for apache, both owner and group from the parent dir down.
    – xVagabondx
    Apr 26, 2013 at 0:02

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If you're pretty sure about that the file owner of wordpress folder is as same as that one who runs apache. (use ps aux|grep 'httpd' or ps aux|grep 'apache')

Here is a lousy solution for you:

function force_use_direct_fs($method,$args){
         if($method != 'direct')
              $method = 'direct';
         return $method;


Why Would Wordpress Request FTP Credentials


In function get_filesystem_method Wordpress will determine the proper filesystem method by comparing the file owner of a temporary file to the user who runs the web server.

Here is the code:

if( getmyuid() == @fileowner($temp_file_name) )
       $method = 'direct';

That's why I still think the cause is the wrong file owner permission.

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