development environment tweaks

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In this article I want to share a tip for managing your development modules. When developing sites with Drupal, developers can choose to use modules to aid development. Devel is one of the most well known development module, there are more of them. It is unwanted to have these modules present on the production environment, because the can be a security risk and put unnecessary on weight performance.

An option is to put them in sites/all/modules/development and add this path to your .gitignore file. It works though you need to download your development modules separate for each project.

The solution I am using is, to create a global directory in say ~/.drupal_development_modules and install you development modules here. From your projects you can create a symlink in your sites/all/modules directory to this directory:

ln -s  ~/.drupal_develoment_modules/ development

Make sure to add the development symlink to your global .gitignore file:

# Development stuff
sites/*/modules/development
*/sites/*/modules/development

This way your Drupal instance can access your personal set of development modules by creating one symlink.

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