Went to update my version of WordPress (man, those things are thick on the ground lately, huh?) on a local xampp stack. Basically a Franken-site that I am hosting on my own computer so I can tinker with it and break it constantly. It ain’t pretty.
The max-execution_time was too short, and things got all hung up. There is a core_updater.lock option that is included with WordPress to stop two core updates from happening at once. Any attempted update lock expires after 15 minutes. So, really, this is a problem that will solve itself. But if you, like me, sometimes just want to see if you can tinker with an issue yourself, here’s the solution.
It’s really simple.
phpMyAdmin > select your correct database > options table > search for core_updater.lock and delete that bad boy. Boom! You can now update. But use this power wisely.
Side note – I have no idea how to get this option back in to the database once you delete it. Posted on the forum, so perhaps someone will enlighten me. I always like to know how to back out of something I’ve done… I’ll let you know if i figure it out.