Drupal Must Learn How to Do a Proper Patch Updater: Looking at the new Drupal 6.1

The Drupal 6.1 release is out. Interestingly, Drupal 6 users are encouraged to do a full update – that is, to upload every single file to their server again. They have a patch updater, but that only plugs the security holes. And that updater leaves Drupal “in an unversioned state, confusing the update status module”. There’s no set of files that can upgrade Drupal 6.0 to 6.1 cleanly, the way it’s easy to update WordPress by simply uploading a few files.

Drupal really has a long way to go to get up to the usability of WordPress.

Filed in Web Design, Software.

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2 Responses to Drupal Must Learn How to Do a Proper Patch Updater: Looking at the new Drupal 6.1

  1. John Crunk says:

    As much as I am beginning to like Drupal 6, I must agree. Anyone who has worked with Linux for a while has learned the value of diff and patch. Drupal really needs some help to get “minor” updates automated so most of the work can be done from the browser.

  2. […] Those running 6.3 or 5.9 can just patch their installs with the 6.4 patch and the 5.9 patch. But the patch leaves your install in an unversioned state, a matter that I complained about before. […]

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