Drupal 7.50 introduces User warning messages for incorectly removed modules

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The other day I did perform a minor upgrade from Drupal 7.43 to Drupal 7.50, and was a bit scarred when noticed a huge warning page, at first I thought there are some problems with my files and folders or I have done something terribly wrong.

Thus I learnt that this is a new feature, implemented starting Drupal 7.50 version

Drupal user warning

Drupal user warning

User warning: The following module is missing from the file system:Module Name. In order to fix this, put the module back in its original location. For more information, see the documentation page.

I actually visited that documentation page and found following:

The warning was introduced in Drupal 7.50 and is displayed when Drupal is attempting to find a module or theme in the file system, but either cannot find it or does not find it in the expected place. Usually this indicates a problem with your site. It is not a major problem, but one which should ideally be fixed if possible

I found that my site has been missing following modules: addresfield, chr, drupalgap, fblikebutton, feeds, feeds_flickr, google_analytics_api, google_plusone, menu_views, statistics_filter, tinypng, tweetbutton, views_load_more.

Gosh, there were some modules I have experimented some 2 and more years ago, removed them and forgot about them. Now, thanks to the new user warning messages I was able to track them down, and improve overall performance of my Drupal site, by removing those modules from Drupal database.

Here is what I did to solve user warning messages and fix my Drupal site - at first I installed one by one each missing module, had to clear cache, and finally un-installed these modules from module un-install page, then deleted from modules folder (I like to keep it short as possible)

I was able to uninstall and remove all but google_analytics_api module, as it has been obsolete (moved to another project) and I didn't find a way to download previous module (I even tried wayback machine). Luckily there is a solution for a missing modules as well: Module Missing Message Fixer

This module displays a list of missing modules that appear after the Drupal 7.50 release and lets you fix the entries.

  1. Enable the module
  2. make sure you have the permission Administer Module Missing Message Fixer
  3. Go to: admin/config/system/module-missing-message-fixer
  4. Fix any issues
  5. Optional (Unistall the module Missing Message Fixer)

Here is what I got after all:

Nice and clean Drupal Update page

Nice and clean Drupal Update page

Hope it helps guys, if you have a comment, please don't be shy, leave it now!