[development] Overloaded "profiles" terminology (was: Getting both better internal and external APIs into Drupal 7)

Dmitri G dmitrig01 at gmail.com
Sun Jan 6 03:45:18 UTC 2008

I doubt that we can change this in Drupal 5 or Drupal 6.

But what about Drupal 7?  Maybe that can be known as the "terminology


P.S. 7 is considered a lucky number :-)

On Jan 5, 2008 6:42 PM, Derek Wright <drupal at dwwright.net> wrote:

> On Jan 1, 2008, at 12:28 PM, catch wrote:
> > Well I missed the initial discussion with this, but agree profile
> > is likely to be confusing. However, I'm not convinced it's too late
> > to change how it's presented.
> I, too, was sounding the alarm on this one months ago... :(
> The main problem is that the core installer looks for a "profiles"
> directory in your drupal directory tree.  This has been true since
> D5, and isn't going to change now in D6, either.
> True, once everything is packaged automagically by d.o into full
> blown "distributions" (or whatever we call them), we can partly hide
> this fact from end users.  The tarball you download that includes
> core, the contribs you need, and the install profile, can all be
> called a "distribution", and it can quietly put the .profile file in
> the right subdirectory of your "profiles" directory.
> However, I think Drupal is notorious for changing its mind about
> terminology, and leaving things in an inconsistent, confusing state
> ("categories" vs. "taxonomy" rehashed, anyone?).  Sure, we can
> *attempt* to hide some of the ugly details in the name of "our users
> don't need to know", but that often results in more confusion, not
> less. :(
> So long as the installer is looking in your "profiles" directory, for
> files that end in ".profile", I think the "installation profile"
> terminology is going to have to stay, as much as that sucks.
> -Derek (dww)
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