Oh Mighty Drush

If you have ever maintained a Drupal site, you know that keeping up with the continuous stream of module updates can be a daunting task. If you manually download, unpack, install, then run an update for each module you might as well get a good cup of coffee and be prepared for some sysadmin time.

Thankfully, there is a command line utility to make the task of care and feeding much easier. The contributed module called Drush is a real plus to Drupalers - especially us old command line hackers who enjoy a good console-based tool every now and again. Drush will give you status of all of your currently installed modules, display their version level, indicate which ones are ready for updating, and even let you batch-download all updates at once - including the ability to apply all database updates that you would normally do using update.php.

Drush is a really nice timesaver if you are maintaining one Drupal site. It's an absolute must-have if you do care and feeding on more than one installation.


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