Aborted upgrade can corrupt the WP DB, making it not upgradable anymore
|Reported by:||petitnuage||Owned by:||anonymous|
|Severity:||major||Keywords:||upgrade, memory, crash, database, DB, corruption, term, category, SQL, INSERT, SELECT, ID, needs-patch|
On some circumstancies, the upgrade can fail. That may happen when the PHP cannot allocate more memory in the middle of an upgrade. That happens with some plugins installed on a huge blog with 8 MB of memory allocated to PHP scripts. (I understand very well plugins should be deactivated before upgrading.) However, I haven't made the buggy upgrade myself, I've just seen memory allocation issues after the buggy upgrade happened.
Anyway, I had the following situation after the failed upgrade:
1) 'db_version' set to '5183'.
2) 'wp_post2cat' still filled with data.
3) 'wp_categories' still filled with data.
4) 'wp_term_taxonomy' correctly filled with data from the 'wp_categories' table.
5) 'wp_term_relationships' defined, but empty.
The above situation occurred after an upgrade to WordPress 2.3.2 ('db_version' intended to become '6124').
After a quick study of the upgrade_230() code:
$wpdb->query("INSERT INTO $wpdb->term_taxonomy (term_id, taxonomy, description, parent, count) VALUES ('$term_id', '$taxonomy', '$description', '$parent', '$count')"); $tt_ids[$term_id][$taxonomy] = (int) $wpdb->insert_id;
It appears the $tt_ids cannot be filled in the previous INSERT command fails. The INSERT instruction fails, since the row is already filled. Later in the code the statement:
if ( empty($tt_id) ) continue;
prevents the terms_relationship table to be updated.
A better approach would be to avoid asserting the initial INSERTs have to succeed to be able to continue. The INSERT instruction does not have to succeed, especially when they have succeeded on a previously aborted upgrade and the table is already filled. It would be more interesting here to request the newly (or previously) inserted row IDin order to fill the $tt_ids tables by querying the DB again with a fully formed SELECT instruction.
I believe the upgrade code should be updated to make it more crash-proof. After a failed upgrade, the only way to fix it is to come back to a previous backup (and assume the next upgrade won't crash because of a memory issu, while that should happen again and again), or remove manually the wrong tables.
Change History (4)
comment:1 petitnuage — 6 years ago
- Summary changed from Aborted upgrade can brake the WP DB to Aborted upgrade can corrupt the WP DB making it non upgradable anymore
- Keywords needs-patch added
- Summary changed from Aborted upgrade can corrupt the WP DB making it non upgradable anymore to Aborted upgrade can corrupt the WP DB, making it not upgradable anymore