Tried to update some of my Drupal 7 installation with drush. Some of them were successful while some were not. The error ones generate message like this:

[foobar@server htdocs]$ drush pm-update drupal -y
Update information last refreshed: Thu, 02/09/2017 - 15:52
 Name    Installed Version  Proposed version  Message    
 Drupal  7.53               7.54              Updates Available

Code updates will be made to drupal core.
WARNING:  Updating core will discard any modifications made to Drupal core files, most noteworthy among these are .htaccess and robots.txt.  If you have made any modifications to these files, please back them up before updating so that you can re-create your modifications in the updated version of the file.
Note: Updating core can potentially break your site. It is NOT recommended to update production sites without prior testing.

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Unable to copy /home/foobar/htdocs/drupal-7.54 to                                                          [error]
Unable to move /home/foobar/htdocs/drupal-7.54 to                                                          [error]
Failed to backup project directory /home/foobar/htdocs/drupal-7.54 to                                      [error]

I've checked the folder "/home/foobar/drush-backups/foobar/20170209084742/drupal". It actually exists with a full copy of the htdocs folder contents. I have no idea what to expect otherwise.

I applied --debug flag and the output looks like this:

Any suggestion how to fix this problem?

  • You write that "Some of them were successful while some were not." Is this on the same server? For the same user or same base/home directory? Is there enough space on the server (what "use" does df report). Is the permission on /home/foobar/drush-backups/foobar/ correct - does the user running Drush have write access. And so on. – hansfn Feb 10 '17 at 20:51
  • They are on the same server of same user. Drush have permission to read / write those folders. – Koala Yeung Feb 11 '17 at 1:57
  • Also, enough disk space. – Koala Yeung Feb 11 '17 at 1:57
  • Did you check the folder permissions ? – Malek Massoudi May 14 '19 at 10:22
  • There was no folder permission issue. – Koala Yeung May 14 '19 at 10:41

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