I often check for updates to my modules using drush pm-update. However, this check does not check for succeeding major versions. For example, if I am using Mollom 1.1, drush pm-update will not alert me that there is a 2.3 version available as well. Is there a way to tell drush to give me all possible updates, including major versions?

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    I did a quick check, and it doesn't seem there is a command for that. It would be possible to create a new command, or a Drush script.
    – apaderno
    Jan 5, 2013 at 16:17

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You can explicitly ask Drush to tell you all of the available releases for a specific project using the pm-releases command:

$ drush pm-releases mollom
 Release         Date         Status                 
 7.x-2.x-dev     2012-Dec-19  Development            
 7.x-2.3         2012-Oct-22  Supported, Recommended 
 7.x-1.x-dev     2011-Dec-20  Development            
 7.x-1.1         2011-Jul-09  Supported, Installed   

However, what you want to do -- to have pm-update(code) automatically notify you when there is a newer major release -- is not supported. I have opened a feature request in the Drush issue queue for you: http://drupal.org/node/1880970


Regarding kiamlaluno's comment, you can force the update using pm-download:

$ drush dl mollom-7.x-2.3
$ drush updatedb

I think that it would be more difficult to write a script to check for updates with pm-releases than it would be to enhance pm-updatecode to show this information. If you'd like to help out, please post a patch at the issue I linked to above.

  • Thanks, it's good to know that this feature doesn't currently exist rather than I'm just using Drush wrong. Jan 6, 2013 at 1:54

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