[development] RFC: letting modules phone home to check for new releases

Earl Miles merlin at logrus.com
Wed Nov 22 03:55:32 UTC 2006

Darren Oh wrote:
>> Where's the difference between "a sites that updates itself" and  
>> "automatic upgrades"? I can't spot any.
> Think about it. This is the process recommended in the manual:
> 1. Select the module you want to install or upgrade.
> 2. Download the module to your computer.
> 3. Unpack the module.
> 4. Start your FTP client.
> 5. Connect to your site.
> 6. Switch to the correct directory (whatever that is).
> 7. Upload the module directory to your site.
> 8. Enable the module (if installing) or run update.php (if upgrading).
> Steps 2 through 8 would become one step. Automatic installation or  
> automatic upgrade seemed clear enough to me. What would you call it?

For security and stability reasons it's more complex than that.

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