Problems with WordPress Automatic Upgrade solved

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While trying to upgrade my WordPress installation from version 2.9 to version 2.9.1 I always got the following error:

Downloading update from

Download failed.: Operation timed out with 1201840 out of -1 bytes received

Installation Failed

After doing some research using Google I found a solution to that problem:

You just need to edit the following file in order to increase the download timeout:


Near line 461 of file.php change the timeout value from:

$response = wp_remote_get($url, array('timeout' => 60));

to the new value of 120:

$response = wp_remote_get($url, array('timeout' => 120));

Then try again to upgrade your wordpress installation using the automatic upgrade and it should work properly now. Mine did and I am happy again! 🙂

Cheers and have fun, and leave me a comment if this post was useful for you!


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