One of the facts which I’ve written about often, is that I host my site, and therefore my blog, on my private computer at home, named ‘Phoenix’.
One advantage this gives me, is the ability to program my Web-server in any way I please. When people subscribe to Web-hosting services, unless they are subscribing to a Virtual Private Server, they receive whatever set of server-side resources their hosting service is willing to offer them. This way, I get to install those myself.
The WordPress blogging engine of this blog, is similar to ‘WordPress.org‘, but is actually a version, the core files of which are managed by the Debian Package Maintainers. This WordPress installation just received an update this morning, to version ‘4.1+dfsg-1+deb8u16′. One detail which is tricky in my case, about receiving updates to the core-files via the package-manager, is that I nevertheless subscribe to plug-ins, from WordPress.org. Therefore, If I did not manage the application of the package-update correctly, I could end up with a mess on my hard drive, since what most Debian package maintainers expect, is for their users to receive all updates to their software, from them.
I’m happy to say that this update seems to have taken place smoothly, and in a way that respects the arrangement of files which I have between core files, maintained by Debian, and plug-in files, maintained by me.
All systems are go, and there was no appreciable downtime.