I am trying to make drush work on Debian 8 with Drupal 8.

Unluckily, executing drush entity-updates returns the following error messages:

Command entity-updates needs a higher bootstrap level to run - you will need to invoke drush from a more functional Drupal environment to run this command.
Command entity-updates requires Drupal core version 8+ to run.
The drush command 'entity-updates' could not be executed.

drush -vd status executed from .../sites/default returns the following:

.../sites/default# drush -vd status
Starting Drush preflight. [0.04 sec, 2.09 MB]                        [preflight]
Loading drushrc "/etc/drush/drushrc.php" into "system" scope. [0.04  [bootstrap]
sec, 2.09 MB]
Cache MISS cid: 7.1.0-commandfiles-0-81cc86c1995ab7206f383ec28ad43baf    [debug]
[0.09 sec, 2.14 MB]
Cache SET cid: 7.1.0-commandfiles-0-81cc86c1995ab7206f383ec28ad43baf     [debug]
[0.12 sec, 2.16 MB]
Bootstrap to phase 0. [0.53 sec, 6.04 MB]                            [bootstrap]
Found command: core-status (commandfile=core) [0.54 sec, 6.05 MB]    [bootstrap]
Loading outputformat engine. [0.54 sec, 6.06 MB]                        [notice]
Calling hook drush_core_status [0.55 sec, 6.11 MB]                       [debug]
Returned from hook drush_core_status [0.55 sec, 6.11 MB]                 [debug]
 PHP executable         :  /usr/bin/php
 PHP configuration      :  /etc/php5/cli/php.ini
 PHP OS                 :  Linux
 Drush script           :  /root/.composer/vendor/drush/drush/drush.php
 Drush version          :  7.1.0
 Drush temp directory   :  /tmp
 Drush configuration    :  /etc/drush/drushrc.php
 Drush alias files      :

Command dispatch complete [0.63 sec, 6.25 MB]                           [notice]

Running drush sqlc executed from .../sites/default results in:

Unable to load class Drush\Sql\Sql                                   [error]
exception 'Drush\Sql\SqlException' with message 'Unable to find a    [error]
matching SQL Class. Drush cannot find your database connection
details.' in
Stack trace:
#1 [internal function]: drush_sql_cli()
#2 /root/.composer/vendor/drush/drush/includes/command.inc(359):
call_user_func_array('drush_sql_cli', Array)
#3 /root/.composer/vendor/drush/drush/includes/command.inc(210):
_drush_invoke_hooks(Array, Array)
#4 [internal function]: drush_command()
#5 /root/.composer/vendor/drush/drush/includes/command.inc(178):
call_user_func_array('drush_command', Array)
#7 /root/.composer/vendor/drush/drush/drush.php(70):
#8 /root/.composer/vendor/drush/drush/drush.php(11): drush_main()
#9 {main}

I have read other topics but none of the solutions seems work.

I have installed Drush according to instructions provided here How to install drush 8 properly on Debian 8?.

  • Try: drush -vd status first. Normally you should have Drupal bootstrap: Successful, so you've to find the reason why it's not bootstraping properly. Try also running in top-level of your site dir.
    – kenorb
    Oct 29, 2015 at 19:53
  • What folder are you in when you're running drush? ~? The Drupal root? Your site directory? Oct 29, 2015 at 20:24
  • @ErinMcLaughlin The folder was available in the previous edit revision (sites/default).
    – kenorb
    Oct 29, 2015 at 20:37
  • If the cwd was in fact sites/default, then drush status should have reported the Drupal root folder, at least. Check the cwd and try again? Oct 29, 2015 at 21:28
  • @Abdel5 Can you check connectivity to the db: drush sqlc or $(drush sql-connect)? Are you usually running drush via root? You're not overriding anything weird in /etc/drush/drushrc.php? I think it can't find Drupal core files properly, as it doesn't go to phase 1. Can you confirm the dir in which you run?
    – kenorb
    Oct 29, 2015 at 22:25

1 Answer 1


Same problem here.

In my case I discovered that drush uses native mysql commands, not php lib. Then I've installed by

apt-get install mysql-client

and works great.

For windows users, I think must install mysql cli commands here.

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