[development] Being noisy on installation...

David Metzler metzlerd at metzlerd.com
Sat Apr 12 03:38:48 UTC 2008

I think that drupal_set_message() in this incarnation is being  
misused.  From a UI perspective, I think drupal_set_message should  
provide the feedback that an operation was successful, especially  
when you don't get transitioned to a new page.  In the modules page  
it should read something like, "12 modules succesfully enabled".

I think help messages should be something more persistant.  I could  
see a messaging interface separate from watchdog.   I think a  
lightweight messaging interface (not email) would be useful for core,  
but I could also see a new watchdog type and improved search  
functionality could be made to do the job.

I think Ideally html messages with links, so that an admin would get  
a nice user friendly welcome message from the module when it is  
installed would be a great thing.  Modules could also invoke this  
message handler when the upgrade hook fires, letting the admin know  
if there was additional (manual) work to be done that it needs to be  
done and what it is, complete with additional links to docs if they  


On Apr 11, 2008, at 11:41 AM, Chad Phillips -- Apartment Lines wrote:

> On Apr 11, 2008, at 11:52 AM, Jason Flatt wrote:
>> As the situation currently stands, that is actually no better.  
>> When I enable,
>> say, ten modules at one time and get three "Your module was enabled."
>> messages, that does not improve the situation.
> totally agree.  which is why i'm arguing for core to handle (at  
> least) the essential user information regarding module operations.   
> currently module authors are faced a 'no information' or  
> 'inconsistent information' choice when multiple modules are  
> installed.  neither is good.

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