I am creating a Drupal site using Acquia Dev Desktop. I have noticed that there seems to be duplicate files located at C:\Users\Sam\Sites\devdesktop\columbiablooms-dev\docroot\sites\all and C:\Users\Sam\Sites\devdesktop\openoutreach-7.x-1.19\sites.

Columbiablooms is the name of the site I'm building. Using Acquia Dev Desktop I pushed the site up to Acquia. What is the relationship between the two file paths?

Does the C:\Users\Sam\Sites\devdesktop\columbiablooms-dev folder have anything to do with multisite or is it necessary for Acquia Dev Desktop?


C:\Users\Sam\Sites\devdesktop\columbiablooms-dev contains data for your Acquia site (e.g. hooks has scripts that can trigger upon deployment, private contains files that setup as private in Drupal's file system, etc.)

The C:\Users\Sam\Sites\devdesktop\columbiablooms-dev\docroot dir is the webroot of your site; this is the dir that is the base of your domain that is uploaded to Acquia (e.g. C:\Users\Sam\Sites\devdesktop\columbiablooms-dev\docroot\index.php -> http://www.example.com/index.php). See this post for an explanation of all the subdirectories.

C:\Users\Sam\Sites\devdesktop\openoutreach-7.x-1.19 is a copy of OpenOutreach 1.19 you downloaded. It contains the OpenOutreach installation profile, its needed modules/themes, and the version of Drupal it's bundled with.

  • Thanks for your explanation and for being patient with a newbie. Why is there duplication of files? I ran across a problem trying to remove mailchimp. I discovered that mailchimp was in both locations. Jun 1 '15 at 11:16
  • I presume it was downloaded as a part of some installation process. I don't know. How did you install OpenOutreach? The docroot dir should contain everything with your Drupal install.
    – Shawn Conn
    Jun 1 '15 at 12:17
  • I was pretty careful about installing the Open Outreach distribution, but there's always the possibility that I misunderstood instructions. I've learned quite a bit about Drupal over the last several weeks, but there are areas that are still unclear. Jun 1 '15 at 15:36
  • Unless you've changed something with DevDesktop, you should be fine removing that; your entire install should be contained under docroot. You can test it by temporarily removing that folder and testing that your local copy still is functional.
    – Shawn Conn
    Jun 1 '15 at 15:52

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.