WordPress wp-events plugin breaking the dashboard

I run a WordPress based website that uses the wp-events plugin to manage a calendar of events. It’s been mostly working well, but recently after some update of WordPress, and I’m not sure which one, I found that on the Dashboard page of my WordPress site that I wasn’t able to toggle the various modules to expand or collapse them.  By a process of trial and error and comparing a few different WordPress sites that I have access to I found that the problem was the wp-events plugin – if I deactivated the plugin my problem on the dashboard page went away.

Unfortunately the wp-events plugin is no longer actively maintained, the author having moved on to other things, so I decided to see if I could locate/fix the problem.

Be warned – although I am an experienced programmer, I am a complete newbie in the world of WordPress plugin development, so there’s no guarantee that my ‘fix’ below won’t do really bad things.

Anyway, again by a process of trial and error, commenting out various bits of the plugin code I found that commenting out a single line of code in the wp-events-functions.php file fixed the problem …

function events_editor_admin_init() {
  wp_enqueue_script('word-count');
#  wp_enqueue_script('post');
  wp_enqueue_script('editor');
  wp_enqueue_script('media-upload');
}

After making this change, deactivating and reactivating the plugin, my dashboard was working again, and the events plugin appears to be working the same as before.

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As far as I can tell this function is including a link to a script file in the page for the purpose of enabling rich text functionality in the event editor form, but I suspect that some update to WordPress made linking to this script redundant, and worse made it break stuff because different scripts were being loaded in the wrong order

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