I thought I had installed successfully module builder as drush plugin : typing help mb returns complete help story...

But when I try to use it, ie typing mb easyresponsive_panels ctools_plugin_directory menu --write, it gives me the following error :

Command mb-build needs a higher bootstrap level to run - you will need to invoke drush from a more functional Drupal environment to run this command. The drush command 'mb easyresponsive_panels' could not be executed. Could not find a Drupal settings.php file at sites/default/settings.php.

I have a multi site install, this is why no sites/default/settings.php is found.

I tried to specify root and site explicitly, as per these answers, running --root=path/to/drupal --uri=mysite.com status, this returns the correct complete status :

Drupal version : 7.24 
Site URI : visages_20131224:8082 
Database driver : mysql 
Database username : drupaluser 
Database name : visages_20131224 
Database : Connected 
Drupal bootstrap : Successful 
Drupal user : 
Default theme : neptune 
Administration theme : adaptivetheme_admin 
PHP executable : php.exe 
PHP configuration : C:\wamp\bin\php\php5.3.13\php.ini 
Drush version : 7.0-dev 
Drush configuration : 
Drush alias files : 
Drupal root : C:\Users\Thierry\Sites\visages_20131224\ 
Site path : sites/visages_20131224 
File directory path : sites/visages_20131224/files 
Temporary file directory path : c:\windows\temp

(my dev config : Windows 7, Acquia Dev Deskstop, Netbeans, D7)

Related Q&A didn't enlightened me yet, any help is welcome.

  • 1
    The normal method is to set up Drush aliases, and use drush @alias ... to target a particular site
    – Clive
    Mar 13, 2014 at 16:49
  • Many thanks for the link @Clive, I read it quickly, but don't understand how it could help in my case ? says : "drush aliases allow you to run a drush commands on your local server but actually execute the command on a remote server. " very useful indeed, but at the moment I don't have any remote install for that dev ... It's a localhost pb
    – Kojo
    Mar 13, 2014 at 17:07
  • 1
    Sorry, this link would've been better :)
    – Clive
    Mar 13, 2014 at 17:11
  • Yep @Clive got it working, narrow-minded I was : @ mysite.local mb mymodule hook1 hook2 --write Please write both links as answer, both were useful. Or if you prefer I'll redact answer myself. Many thanks again
    – Kojo
    Mar 13, 2014 at 17:56
  • If you wouldn't mind posting your last edit as an answer (with any other steps if there were any) that would be awesome, I'm sure it would help some future visitors
    – Clive
    Mar 13, 2014 at 18:56

1 Answer 1


Thanks to Clive comments, and as explained in Drupal, Drush aliases and how to use them, I solved it as following.

Add an alias conf file named sitename.aliases.drushrc.php in .drush folder in your home directory :

 * Local
// The site in sites/default/
$aliases['default.local'] = array(
  'uri' => 'default',
  'root' => '/path/to/drupal',
  'path-aliases' => array(
    '%dump-dir' => '/tmp'
// The site in sites/sitename/ 
$aliases['sitename.local'] = array(
  'uri' => 'sitename_URI',
  'root' => '/path/to/drupal',
  'path-aliases' => array(
    '%dump-dir' => '/tmp'

Don't forget to clear cache : drush cache-clear drush.

Test your alias : @sitename.local status.

Now you can run i.e @sitename.local mb mymodule hook1 hook2 --write

Really powerful !

See Drush multi-site aliases for complete configuration of local/remote aliases

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