Dev Chat Summary: November 04 2020

Hello! Here’s what happened in the coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. dev chat on Wednesday, November 4, 2020, 05:00 UTC and Wednesday, November 4, 2020, 20:00 UTC, following this agenda.

05:00 UTC core dev chat

@thewebprincess facilitated the meeting and took notes. Find the full Slack archive here.

20:00 UTC core dev chat

@thelmachido facilitated the meeting and @laurora took notes. The full Slack archive can be viewed here.

Both groups followed this agenda:


BetaBeta A pre-release of software that is given out to a large group of users to trial under real conditions. Beta versions have gone through alpha testing in-house and are generally fairly close in look, feel and function to the final product; however, design changes often occur as part of the process. 3 of 5.6 has been released!

WordPress 5.5.2 & 5.5.3 were also released. You can read up on the technical details in this post.

Highlighted Posts

Introducing auto-updates interface for Core major versions in WordPress 5.6

What’s next in Gutenberg? (November)

Updates from Component Maintainers/Focus Leads

@sergeybiryukov reminded us that PHPPHP The web scripting language in which WordPress is primarily architected. WordPress requires PHP 5.6.20 or higher 8 release is scheduled for November 26. We have two weeks until November 17 (scheduled date for WordPress 5.6 RC1) to discover and fix any remaining issues. Please see the PHP 8 call for testing: We need more testing on PHP 8, expanding test coverage, and creating tickets for any issues found.

Build/Test Tools:
@sergeybiryukov shared the following updates:

  • The test matrix on Travis was trimmed for older branches to remove the jobs that are no longer necessary. See #51705 for more details.
  • Multisitemultisite Used to describe a WordPress installation with a network of multiple blogs, grouped by sites. This installation type has shared users tables, and creates separate database tables for each blog (wp_posts becomes wp_0_posts). See also network, blog, site test failures on GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. Actions were fixed, see #51670 for more details.

Open Floor

@ahmedchaion asked if there were any plans to have a New Contributor Meeting suited to APAC timezones. The group agreed that there’s:
1. No reason  we can’t have one if there are available contributors to run it
2. And that the regular APAC Triagetriage The act of evaluating and sorting bug reports, in order to decide priority, severity, and other factors. session fulfills that gap to some extent.
@thewebprincess asked if there were any core requirements for someone willing to run a new contributor meeting and if there was any documentation available. @sergeybiryukov followed up by stating there is no documentation currently available for this, but the following links might be helpful:

The group had a lively (and lengthy) discussion on the auto-updates UIUI User interface. The full transcript of the discussion can be viewed here.

@nalini highlighted the latest Month in WordPress post. And also shared the write-ups from the WordPress translation celebrations, adding that the Marketing and Polyglots teams are now working on questions and answers to encourage translationtranslation The process (or result) of changing text, words, and display formatting to support another language. Also see localization, internationalization., including about releases.

Next Dev Chat meetings

The next meetings will take place on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, 05:00 UTC and Wednesday, November 11, 2020, 20:00 UTC in the #core SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at channel. Please feel free to drop in with any updates or questions.

#5-5-2, #5-5-3, #5-6, #dev-chat, #summary

WordPress 5.5.3 Release – Some Technical Details

Today WordPress 5.5.3 was released, the day following WordPress 5.5.2.

It is suboptimal to have releases this quickly in succession, but the details below hopefully describe a scenario that you will agree was worth resolving as quickly and safely as possible.

5.5.2 and ZIP installs

An error with one of the fixes made in WordPress 5.5.2 caused an issue with installing ZIP packages available on The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. for new versions of 5.5.x, 5.4.x, 5.3.x, 5.2.x, and 5.1.x. The issue only affected fresh WordPress installations without an existing wp-config.php file in place.

During the release process for 5.5.2, the package testing workflow returned a false positive, so this issue was not caught. This is a difficult issue to test for, but the first steps are to update the existing documentation so future release teams can learn from this experience. Additional research will be required to find a long-term solution. Updates on this progress will be shared in future Make/CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. posts.

To fix this issue, the Core team released WordPress 5.5.3. It provides a clean ZIP package for the download page for the 5.5.x, 5.4.x, 5.3.x, 5.2.x, and 5.1.x versions.

Resolution of 5.5.3-alpha

While work was being done to prepare for WordPress 5.5.3, the release team attempted to make 5.5.2 unavailable for download on to limit the spread of the issue noted in the section above, as the error only affected fresh installations. This action resulted in some installations being updated to a pre-release “5.5.3-alpha” version (see more here). The appearance of a 5.5.3-alpha version is now resolved with the help of the Systems team.

WordPress 5.5.3-alpha has no functional differences to the 5.5.2 release. To correct this version on your site, you can either click the “re-install WordPress” button on the Dashboard → Updates screen or update to 5.5.3.

Props to @jeffpaul for drafting this post, and to @chanthaboune, @cbringmann, @audrasjb, @davidbaumwald, and @hellofromtonya for editing.