[development] [User experience feature] Variable overrides in settings.php

drlingo drupal-devel at drupal.org
Sun Dec 17 00:03:48 UTC 2006

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 Project:      User experience
 Version:      <none>
 Component:    usability
 Category:     feature requests
 Priority:     normal
 Assigned to:  Zen
 Reported by:  Zen
 Updated by:   drlingo
 Status:       patch (code needs review)

I have tried to use your patch however, I receive a blank screen when I
installed the patch. What must I do to make this work? This problem with
the online, offline function needs to be resolved I know I can't be the
only one.


Previous comments:

Thu, 24 Nov 2005 05:56:03 +0000 : Zen


  When a user moves/duplicates a site with clean_urls on, caching etc.
he is very frequently locked out if he can't get mod_rewrite etc.
working. Similarly, with the new Site Offline/Online feature, there
doesn't seem to be any option for the admin to turn it off or log back
in if he accidentally logs out..

  The site/default/settings.php file has a section that allows
overriding these DB variables. If the above mentioned variables can be
added (and commented out), it might make things a lot easier to rescue
the site without having to mess around with serialized variables in the
variables table..

  $conf = array(
    'site_name' => 'My Drupal site',
    'clean_url' => 0,
    'clean_url_ok' => 0,
    'cache' => 0,
    'site_offline' => '0',
(I'm not entirely sure what clean_url_ok does, but I've added it in

If and when all the variables to be added are decided, I'll attach a
patch file.

P.S User Experience/usability seemed like the best place to put this..


Thu, 24 Nov 2005 19:54:08 +0000 : Geary

This is an outstanding idea! I have been in this fix myself, and
naturally looked in settings.php to see if there was an override. Having
these "safe mode" settings visible and commented out would save a lot of
people a lot of headache.


Thu, 24 Nov 2005 23:15:21 +0000 : lekei

In my settings.php I have the ability to launch the site in safe mode:

 * Safe mode -- launch site with safe settings
  $conf = array_merge( $conf,array(
    'site_name' => trim($_SERVER['HTTP_HOST'],"/").' (SAFE MODE)',
    'theme_default' => 'pushbutton',
    'clean_url' => 0,
    'cache' => 0,
    'site_offline' => '0'
at the beginning of settings.php there is a line allowing disabling
safe mode:
// Permits launching the site in "safe mode" by acccesing it with:
// http://yourdomain?SAFE_SETTINGS


Fri, 25 Nov 2005 03:37:25 +0000 : Zen

@lekei: ah, that's a lot cleaner. But I assume that you're either using
Civic or have added this in yourself? It isn't present in standard
installations. I'm not sure the _GET is really required though.

Either way, you should make that into a patch and submit it.



Sat, 14 Jan 2006 22:56:33 +0000 : Zen

Attachment: http://drupal.org/files/issues/settings_5.patch (579 bytes)

Patch attached.


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