Bug #4638

CatList Deactivated - Shortcodes Not Working

Added by Leah Feder about 6 years ago. Updated about 6 years ago.

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I am getting the following error message on the plug-in backend of

"The plugin list-category-posts/list_cat_posts.php has been deactivated due to an error: Plugin file does not exist."

This plug-in error has resulted in shortcodes not working on:

Thanks for anything you can do to help.



#1 Updated by Boone Gorges about 6 years ago

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  • Status changed from New to Resolved
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Hi Leah - Thanks for reporting this so quickly. The problem stems from the release, about an hour ago, in which the list-category-posts plugin was updated to the latest version. The plugin developer renamed the main plugin file from list_cat_posts.php to list-category-posts.php. WordPress identifies active plugins using this filename, so when the filename was changed, WP assumed that the plugin was deactivated.

I wrote and ran a script that corrected the problem across the network. (, for future reference.)

The script doesn't work on sites where the plugin has already been deactivated. As you found out, WordPress will deactivate a "lost" plugin when you visit plugins.php. So I've manually reactivated the plugin on the website. This probably only affected you, since the release just went live a few minutes ago (and, as noted, you had to visit wp-admin/plugins.php to make the deactivation stick).

Let me know if you continue to have problems.

#2 Updated by Leah Feder about 6 years ago

Great, thank you so much for the quick fix & reply!

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