[development] Update.php re-design

Nabil Alsharif nabil at gobrighttree.com
Mon Mar 2 15:24:29 UTC 2009

There seems to be a couple of projects that are trying to make
update.php command line friendly, non of which seem to be going that

The issue that I see is that update.php is tightly coupled with the UI.
What I would like to do is pull the functions that preform the updates
out of update.php so that it would be possible to have a different UIs
to modules (Web interface, cli). There are two main reasons I would like
to do this:
1. It would make the projects mentioned above much easier to implement.
2. The projects mentioned above have there own implementation of
update.php that is independent of that way drupal updates the modules.

I hope to endup with something along the lines of update.inc that holds
the function for preforming the updates (i.e get_updates, do_update,
db_add_column.. etc) and update.php that has the current UI for

Is there any reason that this hasn't been done before? More importantly
does any one have any good reason to not separate preforming the updates
from the UI? 

Nabil Alsharif
Bright Tree

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