During the update to WordPress 3.2, I encountered (like many other people) the problem with limitation of the filesize for file uploads. Per default PHP will set it to 2MB whereas my wordpress export backup file (XML) has already 4MB. No, reconfiguring PHP’s upload_max_filesize was no option for me as far as the backup was already stored as a dump at the server. So my only thing to do was to replace the uploaded file with the already existing at the harddisk and make WordPress recognizing it. And this was not that difficult if you know where to look for. So here is my patch to get the wordpress-importer import a file already stored at the server hard disk. The wordpress export file to load has to be stored at wp-content/uploads/wordpress.import.xml.

diff --git a/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-importer/wordpress-importer.php b/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-importer/wordpress-importer.php
index 5e38484..e0cace0 100644
--- a/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-importer/wordpress-importer.php
+++ b/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-importer/wordpress-importer.php
@@ -102,6 +102,7 @@ class WP_Import extends WP_Importer {
         * @param string $file Path to the WXR file for importing
         */
        function import( $file ) {
+               $file = ABSPATH . 'wp-content/uploads/wordpress.import.xml'; #wp_import_handle_upload();
                add_filter( 'import_post_meta_key', array( $this, 'is_valid_meta_key' ) );
                add_filter( 'http_request_timeout', array( &$this, 'bump_request_timeout' ) );
 
@@ -132,7 +133,7 @@ class WP_Import extends WP_Importer {
        function import_start( $file ) {
                if ( ! is_file($file) ) {
                        echo '<p><strong>' . __( 'Sorry, there has been an error.', 'wordpress-importer' ) . '</strong><br />';
-                       echo __( 'The file does not exist, please try again.', 'wordpress-importer' ) . '</p>';
+                       echo __( 'The file '.htmlspecialchars($file).' does not exist, please try again.', 'wordpress-importer' ) . '</p>';
                        $this->footer();
                        die();
                }
@@ -188,7 +189,7 @@ class WP_Import extends WP_Importer {
         * @return bool False if error uploading or invalid file, true otherwise
         */
        function handle_upload() {
-               $file = wp_import_handle_upload();
+               $file = array('id' => 4869, 'file' => ABSPATH . 'wp-content/uploads/wordpress.import.xml'); #wp_import_handle_upload();
 
                if ( isset( $file['error'] ) ) {
                        echo '<p><strong>' . __( 'Sorry, there has been an error.', 'wordpress-importer' ) . '</strong><br />';

I did not put any further (compatibility) research into that issue. Worked for me™ with WordPress Version 3.2 and PHP Version 5.3.

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