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replacing exported views with views in features

April 8 2011 : posted under drupal features views

We had an old Drupal module which contained exported views, most of our sites uses features to manage view - so when they needed updating we wanted to use features.

So we deleted the old module and added a new one with the required views.

And the views were blank.

In order to have this work smoothly on deployment I reinstated the old module and then

Added an uninstall hook that deleted the modules like

<?php
function my_views_uninstall() {
	$views = array('all_related_content',
                   'customised_search_results',
                   'footer_links',);

	foreach ($views as $view_name) {
		$view = views_get_view($view_name);
		$view->delete();
		views_object_cache_clear('view', $form_state['view']->name);
	}
}

?>

After this module is uninstalled, the new feature module installs and works as expected.

But it is important that these events happen in the correct sequence.