I have installed drush on crunchbang linux and while most of the drush commands are working, I can't get core-cli to work. Running drush @dev core-cli returns this error message.

The drush command 'core-cli' could not be found. Run[error] drush cache-clear drush to clear the commandfile cache if you have installed new extensions.

I initially tried installing Drush via APT; when core-cli didn't work, I tried getting it via PEAR, but it's doing the same thing. With the version I got from pear(5.8) drush self-update works, when it didn't with the APT version, an earlier release.

I've made sure that my user has full rights to the /usr/share/php/drush folder.

  • Are you sure that drush core-cli exists? If yes, what does it do and from where did you get that command? Is there any module that provides that drush command? Feb 3, 2013 at 17:33

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drush core-cli has been removed in Drush 5.

Drush 5 supports bash completion which is much more native and superior to the old core-cli command, which has been removed.

For more information, see Core-cli command removed in favor of Bash completion.


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