Drupal core

Updating Drupal with FileZilla, WinMerge and 7-Zip on Windows in 10 steps

In a previous blog post I explained how to review and perform a Drupal update from the *NIX command-line.

Not always do you have access to the *NIX command-line, or you may feel more comfortable using off-the-shelf tools on your Windows computer for the job. Then this post is for you.

For me it takes about 10 minutes to process the 10 steps below. Writing up the post and providing screenshots took much longer.

Rearranging comments in Drupal

Moving comments around in Drupal is not (yet) straightforward. There is an experimental module that aims at providing this type of funcitonality, but the maintainers strongly discourage you in using it on live sites. If you're a daredevil, just go ahead and play with the comments table. You might ruin your comment structure though… unless you want to understand how Drupal manages comments. After reading this post you should be able to move comments without fear.

PHP 5.3 and Drupal 6 don't play nice... yet

Apparently Drupal 6 is not yet PHP 5.3 compliant. I noticed this today while updating a Drupal couple modules. When I wanted to run update.php I got a nice white screen with tons of messages about the ereg method.

Updating Drupal core from the Linux command shell

If you want to easily update Drupal core, then this is right for you. This approach will first compare your deployed Drupal with the original Drupal source code to do a pre-update sanity check. Then the old Drupal files are deleted one by one, the empty directories as well, and then the new Drupal is deployed.

If you follow this approach, updating your Drupal core version should take you less than 5 minutes.

If you have no shell access to your hosting provider, you can still apply the approach described in this article if you have a mirror copy (a perfect replica) of the deployed Drupal server on a host you have shell access to. Apply the changes on the mirrored files on your local host (steps 1 to 5, skip step 6), then synchronize the changes with the webhost, and finally run update.php (step 7).

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