Maintaining Drupal with fake Git submodules

With Drupal moving to the Git version control system, I'm looking at refining a good way to install, update, and customize Drupal installations using Git.

Since Drupal core, modules, and themes will be separate Git repositories, it seems like using Git submodules, or subtrees are worth looking into for module and theme management.


Upgrading Drupal 6 to Drupal 7 Using Git

The Drupal UPGRADE.txt file and upgrade handbook page provide a lot of good information and procedures to perform a major upgrade (ex. 6.x => 7.x).

However, if you're looking to manage your Drupal 7 installation using Git, the upgrade guides don't provide Git-specific advice.

Here's a procedure I found useful when upgrading Drupal 6 to Drupal 7 using Git.

First, clone the Drupal 7 git repository using this :

git clone git://

Updating a Drupal Installation - Minor Update

Here's the process to perform a minor update to a Drupal installation when using a combination of CVS (from and Git (from your site). This would be used, for example, when updating Drupal 6.18 to 6.19.

This uses the "combined" method of pulling Drupal from CVS but managing branches on the actual site using Git. This method is outlined here :

    $  git checkout drupal-core


HTML Tidy options in PHP context



$tidyOpts = array(
// 'bare' => TRUE, // strip MS HTML
// 'clean' => TRUE, // strip presentational tags
// 'css-prefix' => 'calc-', // CSS prefix for styles - default 'c'
// 'doctype' => 'omit', // DOCTYPE for output
// 'drop-empty-paras' => TRUE,
// 'drop-font-tags' => TRUE, // drop and with no corresponding style rules
// 'drop-proprietary-attributes' => TRUE, // drop things like MS data binding attributes


Scmbug for Git/BitKeeper - Bugzilla Integration

I ran across an interesting open source program called Scmbug. Scmbug is a system that integrates software configuration management with bug-tracking.

I was looking for a tool that would help with :

* Showing what bugs are fixed in a particular build or revision control commit?

* Automatically updating a bug tracker when bugs are completed (fixed) and approved.

* Not allowing unapproved bugs to be committed to a given branch.


Getting "git rm" to work

I thought I could remove files from Git pretty easily with essentially :

  $ git rm myfile.php
  $ git commit -m "Removing a file"

But I was getting this error upon commit : "Could not open input file myfile.php"

This is how I got it to work. The Git Cheat Sheet ( described this as "Commit the absence of myfile.txt to the project"

  $ git rm --cached myfile.php
  $ git commit -m "Removing a file"

PHP-oriented job or queue manager

I'm looking for a way to manage asynchronous, potentially long-running PHP jobs (ex. feed import and generation). One could start with a simple cron-based system, but this has a few drawbacks :

* Too much 'downtime' if you set the sample interval too long
* Overlapping jobs if jobs don't finish
* No ability to handle events or dependency issues

I've previously used AppWorx ( in a large ETL operation. AppWorx is quite sophisticated with a distributed slave architecture, chains, forks and joins. But AppWorx is probably too complex for my needs.

Setting up slave servers for Hudson

If you're running the Hudson continuous integration server, you may want to run/build/test on multiple slave servers.

To do this, log into the Hudson web interface and go to Hudson > nodes. Configure your new slave server by adding the name, description, remote file system root for Hudson (ex. /var/hudson), and the job launch method.

For job launch method, ssh is fine for Linux based systems. Click the 'Advanced' button to enter ssh details (ex. keys).

Now, when you start up the slave, you may see this in your slave ssh log under the Hudson console output :


Drupal 7 Views 3 column names must be lower case

I'm just getting my feet wet with the Drupal 7, Views 3 hook_views_data API which describes a table to Views.

I had a table like this :

create table tbl(
  myid    varchar(30) COMMENT 'Primary key',
  myPrice float

I was getting an error of this form when I was trying to display the view :

Undefined property: stdClass::$tbl_myPrice in
 views_handler_field_numeric->render() (line 75 of 

Renaming the table to my_price solved the problem.



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