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Returning info from Drupal updates

May 19 2010 : posted under drupal

Drupal update hooks can return info about queries run - and this is well documented.

If you want to return other informative messages about updates - just use the same format as returned by

array('success' => $result !== FALSE, 'query' => check_plain($sql));


So you might have an update hook that looks like.

*  Drush picks up notes from here
*  Will update myvar to new val because...
function mymodule_update_6101(){
   $items = array();
   $myval = "foo":
   variable_set('myvar', $myval');
   $items[] = array('success' => TRUE, 'query' = "updated variable myvar to $myval because...");
   return $items;


This way all changes can be logged to the update page.