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I wanted to use Drupal console to change some settings on a site:

  • To set the default 403 page to "/user/login"
  • To set user registration permission to "admin only"

Following the instructions here, which gives this example:

drupal settings:set  application.language es

I tried the following:

drupal settings:set user.settings.register admin_only
drupal settings:set user.settings register:admin_only
drupal settings:set user.settings.register "admin_only"

In all cases, I got a green bar saying that the setting had been successfully set. But looking at the site showed that it had not. Also doing drupal config:edit user.settings showed that it had not (but when I changed it in the editor, it did update successfully in real life).

The exact same thing happened with:

drupal settings:set system.site.page.403 /user/login

Am I doing something wrong, or is this an unimplemented part of drupal console?

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    Those instructions relate to the console's own settings file I think. Config edit is the way to do it using drupal console. If you want a one-liner, drush cset provides one. – Alfred Armstrong Apr 27 '18 at 14:30
  • Perfect! "drush cset user.settings register admin_only -y" works a treat. Please put your comment as an answer so I can accept it. – naomi Apr 27 '18 at 16:24
  • I have done so, @naomi – Alfred Armstrong Apr 30 '18 at 8:53
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The "drupal settings:set" command updates the Drupal console's own settings rather than the configuration of the running Drupal site.

If you want a one-liner to update configuration, then you can use Drush for this job, eg:

drush cset user.settings register admin_only -y

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