I'm on Pantheon and I want to run some custom SQL queries to sanitize my dev server.

I have the queries in a file, custom_sanitize.sqlqueries.

It looks something like this:

UPDATE user__field_useragent SET field_useragent_value = 'Sputnik';
UPDATE node__field_useragent SET field_useragent_value = 'Sputnik';
UPDATE node_revision__field_useragent SET field_useragent_value = 'Sputnik';



I want to run these queries on a remote server with a single Drush command.

My Current Workaround

I connect to the database with Sequel Pro, cut and paste the queries in, and run them.

What I tried

Based on the Drush 8 sql-query documentation, I tried to execute my file like this:

drush @alias.dev sql-query --file=custom_sanitize.sqlqueries

This fails:

failed to open stream: No     [warning]
such file or directory drush.inc:904

I assume this is because my local drush calls the remote drush on the server, and the file path is different.

So then I tried to input the content of the file this way:

`drush @alias.dev sql-connect` < custom_sanitize.sqlqueries

This fails with the following message:

-bash: PTY: command not found

So then I tried inputting the queries in at the command line:

drush @alias.dev sql-query "UPDATE node_revision__field_useragent SET field_useragent_value = 'Sputnik';TRUNCATE TABLE watchdog;"

This also fails:

PTY allocation request failed on channel 0
Command not supported as typed.

I also tried using hook_drush_sql_sync_sanitize(), but I couldn't get my hook picked up by the drush on Pantheon.

4 Answers 4


Pantheon's terminus can skip drush, and pipe SQL directly into a "mysql connection command"

echo 'UPDATE users SET pass="12345"' | `terminus connection:info mysite.dev --field=mysql_command`



You can use sql-cli command for that:

drush @alias.dev sql-cli < custom_sanitize.sql

  • I tried that but i get the following output when sending a .sql file with a single line about truncating the watchdog table: Pseudo-terminal will not be allocated because stdin is not a terminal. TRUNCATE TABLE watchdog; Reading table information for completion of table and column names You can turn off this feature to get a quicker startup with -A TERM environment variable not set. On the server, the watchdog table is not truncated. Feb 20, 2016 at 12:45
  • can you ssh to the remote? It seems it is rather an ssh problem than drush.
    – Elin Y.
    Feb 20, 2016 at 14:02
  • No ssh on Pantheon, alas. Feb 20, 2016 at 14:13
  • Then, I guess, you are out of luck, unless there are some instructions special to Pantheon. I have no experience with Pantheon, so I cannot help any further. Did you ask the Pantheon support about that?
    – Elin Y.
    Feb 20, 2016 at 14:23

You could use the db_sanitization Quicksilver example, and sanitize automatically every time you pulled the database into your dev environment.

If that doesn't work for you, open a ticket with Pantheon, and I will look at it on Monday (if someone else doesn't help you sooner than that).

  • Alas, the example didn't work for me (in Drupal 8). I opened a ticket. Feb 20, 2016 at 16:02

As a workaround, you can input the queries one by one:

drush @alias.dev sql-query "TRUNCATE table watchdog"

So, you can change every query in custom_sanitize.sqlqueries to be drush @alias.dev sql-query "myquery", and then execute that file.

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