Ok, for some reason, WordPress can get hung up on the fact that it cant access the file system directly even after you fix the problem, which is very annoying and stops the updater from working without prompting for your FTP details…

also finding the solution via google took a while so i thought i’d make a note for future reference..

Simply add the constant definition to you wp-config.php file to force WordPress to access the filesystem directly.

I found the solution at: