I did a migration from Drupal 6 to Drupal 8 and now I have two Full HTML, two Plain text, and all other individual for both versions of Drupal default text formats. Of course when I try to modify the duplicates I have warning that it is not possible to have the same human readable names so I have Full HTML and Full HTML2 now. I want to get rid the one of them. It looks like that all the migrated by me content is with a text format with a machine name 2 while the other Full HTML text format with no any content in the website is with the machine name full_html. Also the default Plain Text, the one that it is not possible to be removed is with a machine name 3.

As far as understand by the research I did, even if I disable the full_html text format, I cannot use its machine name for the other one. I don't mind what the name is, but can I safely change somehow the text format machine name 2 to something more meaningful?

Is it necessary to do so, or it will be fine if I leave it this way and just remove the full_html one as far as I do not need it?

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One option is in the migration template, to add the input format value.

I found the default_value plugin worked well there e.g, to set default full_html:

  plugin: sub_process
  source: field_subheading
    value: value
      plugin: default_value
      default_value: full_html

Another option, could be to run an SQL query to update the field data and revision data tables

update node__field_subheading set field_subheading_format = 'full_html' where field_subheading_format = 'other_format';
update node_revision__field_subheading set field_subheading_format = 'full_html' where field_subheading_format = 'other_format';

then clear cache.

However fixing as part of the migration template mapping is recommended.

  • Thanks for you reply, sorry if I am asking something obvious but I cannot run the migration again because the website has a lot of new content, does this mean that I can forget for the migration template and use the sql queries above to update the machine names?
    – Bo rislav
    Jun 14, 2020 at 14:54
  • it works with the sql query, thank you!
    – Bo rislav
    Jun 14, 2020 at 15:56

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