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I know there is a environment_indicator module that displays a bar on the bottom of the website showing if your on staging or dev. http://drupal.org/project/environment_indicator

I want to know if there is a way to do this without having to install a module, by doing it via the settings.php file where I can make it output some html to indicate im on staging or dev.

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You can't output HTML (or text) directly from settings.php without throwing an error, since settings.php is interpreted during bootstrap.

Provided you have a clean install, on your staging site, have the following line in settings.php:

$conf['site_name'] = 'This is a staging site';

All assignments to the $conf array you do in settings.php will override whatever value you set the in the administrative GUI for the site.

An alternative solution, if you don't have a clean install and the site's name is no longer displayed by default, is to add your own conf variable to settings.php:

$conf['is_staging_p'] = TRUE;

and modify your theme to output some indicator if this predicate is TRUE;

  • yes that works, but i still have to configure either the blocks or edit the theme to print out the site_name variable. I was wondering if there was a way to just do it via the settings.php file and not have to touch anything else on the site. – Patoshi パトシ May 24 '13 at 23:49
  • I need to do this for a live site im cloning into staging servers. – Patoshi パトシ May 25 '13 at 0:10
  • i know im being a bit strict and limited what not the change. i dont even know if its possible. im just limiting it to just being able to edit the settings.php file and nothing else. I mean i can do a print_r on that page, but that throws an error since it will output before the headers... i wonder if its possible inject something after the headers, but it has to reside in settings.php – Patoshi パトシ May 25 '13 at 0:22
  • @duckx no, you can't do that without writing code further up the chain (ie in a module or theme). settings.php isn't the right place for display logic anyway...it's for settings :) – Clive May 25 '13 at 11:11

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