I have recently inherited a site which needs protecting from the recent security exploits. The site has not been very well maintained but the hosting company can provide me with a database dump from 6th October.

Trouble is, the database dump has the update module disabled. When I try to restore the site and upgrade to the latest core version* I am prevented because updating is disabled.

Is there a way of enabling the update module via the database? I am pretty new to drush and do not yet have it enabled on the server.

*Actually it's an early version of Commerce Kickstart 2.

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    The Update module is not able to update Drupal; you need to manually copy the files on the server, and run update.php.
    – apaderno
    Nov 7, 2014 at 7:08
  • @MrPaul you should check this post drupal.org/node/157632
    – shrish
    Nov 7, 2014 at 7:08

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Doh. Update wasn't working for me because I didn't exist on the system. Silly mistake

  • Just to clarify. The backup I was restoring from, pre-dates the creation of my account on the site. Therefore not permission to update. Nov 7, 2014 at 11:14

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