[development] Question on Drupal 6 menus

Khalid Baheyeldin kb at 2bits.com
Fri Jan 4 23:05:32 UTC 2008

On Jan 4, 2008 5:46 PM, Derek Wright <drupal at dwwright.net> wrote:

> On Jan 3, 2008, at 6:28 PM, Khalid Baheyeldin wrote:
> > The reason I added the file element is that I got an error on
> > another module
> > (system.admin.inc ...) and that element made it go away.
> For clarity:
> system.admin.inc is not a "module".  It's an include file that should
> be included by system.module when it's doing admin-related things.
> system.module is a module.  The .module files for every enabled
> module are always loaded when bootstrapping Drupal.  The performance
> gain from splitting modules up into .inc files (made easier by the D6
> menu changes) is that you don't have to load all the code that's only
> rarely used in your .module files.

 I realize it is not a module. What I meant was that another module spat out
an error message
about system.admin.inc, and when adding the 'file' element (wrongly) that
error went away.

When I changed the other things Peter pointed out, all was well.

> Peter's point is that you should never tell the menu system to
> include a .module file again, since those are *always* loaded.  You
> should only tell the menu system to include a .inc file, never
> a .module file.


Thanks for the extra explanations.

Khalid M. Baheyeldin
2bits.com, Inc.
Drupal optimization, development, customization and consulting.
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