Does anyone know how to turn off maintenance mode for brainfx? I tried http://www.website.com/?q=user/login but that gives me a blank page (no html source or anything). I tried the following query.

UPDATE `variable` SET `value`='0' WHERE 'name' = 'maintenance_mode';

It didn't affect any records.

I tried to find a $conf['maintenance_mode'] variable in the project, but it doesn't exist. Adding that $conf['maintenance_mode'] = false; in setting.php didn't do anything either.

How do I turn off maintenance mode?


Try using Drush:

Drupal 8: drush sset system.maintenance_mode FALSE

Drupal 7: drush vset maintenance_mode 0

Drupal 6: drush vset site_offline 0

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  • and if for some dark reason we are on Windows server, Drush is not available. Is it? – Meloman Feb 15 '18 at 13:19

The answer by schnippy is correct; however, some details are wrong, at least in Drupal 7.28.

The query to change maintenance_mode should be:

UPDATE variable SET value = 'i:0;' WHERE name= 'maintenance_mode';

The value is an integer, even if a string might work as well. It's just not what Drupal itself uses.

More importantly, in order to reset the cache for maintenance_mode, the table to use is cache_bootstrap.

DELETE FROM cache_bootstrap WHERE cid = 'variables';

There is no cache with ID equal to variables, inside the cache table.

This is tested and works with Drupal 7.28.

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    This is correct. Although the serialized string will also generally work because this value is usually checked using the equals operator instead of the identical one this way is safer. – rooby Nov 17 '14 at 5:26

You're on the right track with the database approach but your query is wrong since the variables are serialized. The actual syntax is:

UPDATE variable SET value = 's:1:"0";' WHERE name= 'maintenance_mode';

Also - its a good idea to follow this by flushing the variables cache:

DELETE FROM cache WHERE cid = 'variables';
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    +1 for the suggestion of flushing the cache, since the values of persistent variables are cached. – kiamlaluno Jan 22 '14 at 21:36

Maintenance mode is triggered by the variable "maintenance_mode", which is set to 1 when activated.

This is the code present in the System module (system.admin.inc, line 2194).

 * Form builder; Configure the site's maintenance status.
 * @ingroup forms
 * @see system_settings_form()
function system_site_maintenance_mode() {
  $form['maintenance_mode'] = array(
    '#type' => 'checkbox',
    '#title' => t('Put site into maintenance mode'),
    '#default_value' => variable_get('maintenance_mode', 0),
    '#description' => t('When enabled, only users with the "Use the site in maintenance mode" <a href="@permissions-url">permission</a> are able to access your site to perform maintenance; all other visitors see the maintenance mode message configured below. Authorized users can log in directly via the <a href="@user-login">user login</a> page.', array('@permissions-url' => url('admin/people/permissions'), '@user-login' => url('user'))),
  $form['maintenance_mode_message'] = array(
    '#type' => 'textarea',
    '#title' => t('Maintenance mode message'),
    '#default_value' => variable_get('maintenance_mode_message', t('@site is currently under maintenance. We should be back shortly. Thank you for your patience.', array('@site' => variable_get('site_name', 'Drupal')))),
    '#description' => t('Message to show visitors when the site is in maintenance mode.')

  return system_settings_form($form);

You can use drush to disable maintenance mode.

drush vset maintenance_mode 0;
drush cc all;

You can also use variable_set('maintenance_mode', 0) and clear cache afterwards (with a call to cache_clear_all()).

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    Drush for everything :) I'm glad you added the drush command to do it. – inertialmedia Jan 23 '14 at 2:47

I had the same issue, however: every solution here above mentioned didn't work. the only thing that solved it to me was running the cron:

  • Logging in to the site with the Admin user
  • Go to the Menu Configuration -> Cron -> Run cron.

after that site was back up.

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If you remember your username and password, login from http://www.example.com/?q=user. Then go to Configuration >> Maintenance mode; uncheck Put site into maintenance mode, and save.

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With the latest version of Drush/Drupal the command has changed:

drush state:set system.maintenance_mode 0 --input-format=integer
drush cache:rebuild

Drupal documentation

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