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For the past week I’ve been using up the annual leave that I’d carried over from last year and hit the road for Fermanagh to spend some time with my family.

My Mum and myself went to pay a visit on my Grandmother and while stopping to buy some flowers I spotted this on the dashboard:

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I couldn’t resist.

Wikipedia artical for those not in the know.

Updating WordPress via Subversion

I read a few months back that Stuart Langridge was using Subversion to keep his WordPress up-to-date and I thought: “that’s clever” and didn’t do anything about it.

Today I was talking to Matt and he mentioned updating one of his WordPress installations and I noticed I was due an update myself. I downloaded the latest release and was having a quick skim through the upgrade procedure to make sure I wasn’t forgetting about anything and I spotted a link to the Subversion update instructions… I’m off work sick today and have the time so I decided to give it a go.

I backed up my database and checked out the latest stable version:

steve@decaf~$ cd /var/www/sickbiscuit.com
steve@decaf:/var/www/sickbiscuit.com$ svn co http://svn.automattic.com/wordpress/tags/2.3.3/

I copied over my database config file, theme, plugins and uploads and ran the wp-admin/upgrade.php script via my browser. The final act was to modify the symlink pointing to the WordPress directory and it worked first time. Profit!

Hopefully whenever I need to update in the future all I’ll have to do is use the following:

svn sw http://svn.automattic.com/wordpress/tags/NEW_VERSION/

followed by running the database upgrade script again. Quick and painless.