I have a D7 (7.69) site. On both dev and production, I can update a module (using the web UI - /admin/modules/update), apparently successfully, yet afterwards, that module stays listed as requiring an update with Installed Version and Recommended Version exactly the same.


Adminimal - Responsive Administration Theme (Theme)
Installed version 7.x-1.26
Recommended version 7.x-1.26

(I've seen it with themes, such as the one above, and modules such as Views).

I've tried:

  • clearing the cache
  • downloading a clean latest version to a new directory, and comparing the md5hashes of all files between the two (as well as simpler checks like the module .info file.)
  • wiping the module/theme directory and replacing with a freshly extracted .tar.gz
  • checking if any database updates are pending (they're not)

Is there anything else that could be causing it to get stuck?

I've looked at the system table - specifically the system.info field - but nothing looks "wrong".

  • wiping the module/theme directory when you do this, does the message disappear? just wondering if perhaps you have duplicate modules/themes under the /core folder or somewhere else in your code base.
    – No Sssweat
    Feb 14, 2020 at 0:07
  • @NoSssweat - good suggestion, but yes (e.g. deleting /sites/all/modules/views clears it from the Update list, and it reappears as soon as it's downloaded and extracted again, same if I also delete the row from the system table). Feb 14, 2020 at 12:45
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    @NoSssweat just FYI, caused by another module changing the status in a hook, as per my answer. Feb 14, 2020 at 16:04

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This was caused by the Update Status Advanced Settings (update_advanced) module.

I didn't know this module was installed or what it was, so here's how I traced it back:

modules/update/update.compare.inc is where the core update module checks versions of each module and theme, beginning with update_calculate_project_data() - this creates a $project array that contains current/recommended versions, plus a numeric 'status' key.

'status' is a constant, set in modules/update/update.module, with values including:

define('UPDATE_CURRENT', 5); // project is up to date
define('UPDATE_NOT_CHECKED', -1); // Project's status cannot be checked.

I used Xdebug on update_calculate_project_data(), specifically tracking the modules that were stuck on the update screen.

They all had a status of UPDATE_CURRENT initially (as expected/desired), but that changed to UPDATE_NOT_CHECKED after the call to the hook in line 363:

drupal_alter('update_status', $projects);

Searching the code base, found this hook is implemented in sites/all/modules/update_advanced/update_advanced.module:50 by update_advanced_update_status_alter()

If you've got this module, the settings page is /admin/reports/updates/settings; you can instruct it to not warn you about specific modules.

The side effect is that by changing the status to anything other than UPDATE_CURRENT, a module/theme will always be listed in the Update UI (modules/update/update.manager.inc:94), including if the module is "current" really.

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    Worth filing a bug report.
    – leymannx
    Feb 14, 2020 at 21:44

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