According to the PHP Manual, Safe Mode is deprecated as of PHP version 5.3.0: file and restart Apache.As discussed, another way to get auto-updates working is to define the requisite variables in your file.The convenience of automatically updating the Word Press core, plugins, and themes is awesome, but things can go wrong once in awhile and auto-updates can fail.
For example, if your server runs as https, and your files live in /var/wordpress do a "chown -R apache.apache /var/wordpress." (or CHMOD equivalent) and trying the auto-update again.Go to Word Press and look for an earlier version of the plugin (click here).Locate the files that you have downloaded on your computer. Garen Arnold has 10 years of web development experience.So far so good, but even if it gets that far, there's still a chance of failure, as seen in this recent screenshot: The status message that appears just before "Installation Failed" explains what Word Press file.The name begins with a dot, so if you don't see it using your FTP program, try logging into your server's control panel and using the file manager to find and delete.
Here is a screenshot showing the At this point, you have (at least) two choices: keep trying with auto-updates or download the latest version and upload manually.