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Opened 2 months ago

Last modified 8 weeks ago

#53730 new defect (bug)

too many tables after plugin unstallation

Reported by: cadentic2018 Owned by:
Milestone: Awaiting Review Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version:
Component: Plugins Keywords: reporter-feedback
Focuses: Cc:

Description

hi

there are tons of plugins and preset widgets are flowing in. but the problem is when we install a plugin it is not cleaning up all the tables that it had created. which creates excessive problems for en users. all of these plugin authors should maintain an uninstallation guideline for the cleanup procedure.

even the most famous jetpack CRM is having the same problem including any other plugins.
deactivations and deletions of plugins are not enough, we must have the complete cleanup procedure.
thx
sayantan

Change History (1)

#1 @hellofromTonya
8 weeks ago

  • Component changed from General to Plugins
  • Keywords reporter-feedback added
  • Version 5.8 deleted

Hello @cadentic2018,

Welcome to WordPress Core Trac!

I can appreciate the impact of artifacts left behind by a plugin that customized the site but did not clean up during its uninstall process. But I'm confused about what you're asking to be fixed in WordPress. Could you please provide more details?

all of these plugin authors should maintain an uninstallation guideline for the cleanup procedure.

Yes, I agree. The responsibility is within the plugin that added artifacts (such as a new database table) to determine what and if these need to be cleaned during its uninstall process. In some cases, another plugin may be also be using the new table or a decision was made to retain the data instead of deleting it. But the knowledge of what and when lies within the plugin.

deactivations and deletions of plugins are not enough, we must have the complete cleanup procedure.

Are you asking for the cleanup process to be moved into WordPress Core instead of each plugin doing it?

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