I'm writing a really basic bash script and want use drush dl to download the Drush extras add on.

drush dl drush_extras

But I need to check whether drush extras is installed before I try to install it (and then use it) because it prompts the following text.

Install location C:\cygwin64\home\USER/.drush/drush_extras already exists. Do you want to overwrite it? (y/n):

How do I determine whether a drush add on/plug in/module (not sure what you call it) exists? So I handle that use case?

I'm trying to automate configuration, starting with assigning blocks to regions, and I have to make it work on Windows (first) and Linux. So I'm using Cygwin and Drush on Windows. There's probably different approaches, but this seems OK.

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I would personally lean towards simply installing with -y. Adding -y onto the command you've listed will return Y accepting the default on any prompt that comes up (like the one you mention).

drush dl drush_extras -y

If you still want to check if it’s installed, you can check if the directory exists,

if [ -e $HOME/.drush/drush_extras ]; then
  # some logic here

This won’t help you if the directory is empty though.

Another option is checking the output of

drush someCommand -h

Where someCommand is a command provided by drush_extras. You can compare the output of a valid one to an invalid one. If they match, it’s not installed.

  • "Adding -y will return Y accepting the default on any prompt that comes up (like the one you mention)." I've looked here but can't see the -y option, is this specific to drush dl or a general feature of shell commands?
    – ja_him
    Commented Jun 2, 2018 at 17:18
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    @ja_him It’s a drush built in feature. Try running drush or drush -h. I believe it comes up towards the beginning of the output. --yes is the expanded version of the command.
    – rovr138
    Commented Jun 2, 2018 at 17:31

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