Fix for very slow Drupal Admin pages

Submitted by jrb on Thu, 07/09/2009 - 14:58

On one of the Drupal sites I was developing, admin pages were getting (unbearably) slow-- about 30 seconds to load each page.  Using the Google, I found a couple of articles that pointed the finger at the Update Status module:

Looking at the "Recent Log Entries" report, I could see that there was an "Attempted to fetch information about all available new releases and updates" entry for each page view.  This meant that Update Status was checking the status of all my modules with each page load even though I had it set to check weekly.  That would definitely slow things down a bit!  Deactivating the "Update Status" module fixed the slowdown, but I really wanted to have that functionality.  Turning the module back on, just made the site crawl again.

What fixed it for me was deactivating the "Update Status" module then uninstalling it from the "Build -> Modules -> Uninstall" tab.  This removes all of its module-related settings from the database.  Then, when I activated "Update Status" again, all was well.




by themaximaster on Mon, 12/07/2009 - 05:46

Can you please tell me the step how to deactivating the "Update Status" module? Or I can just directly uninstall it without deactivating it?


by themaximaster on Mon, 12/07/2009 - 05:52

Can you please tell me the step how to deactivating the "Update Status" module? Or I can just directly uninstall it without deactivating it?


by jrb on Tue, 12/29/2009 - 02:46

On the Admin -> Build -> Modules page, just uncheck box for the "Update Status" module and click "Save configuration". Then uninstall it using the "Uninstall" tab on that same page.

by Anonymous on Wed, 12/16/2009 - 13:41

Brilliant. Works like a charm. Thanks!

by Anonymous on Tue, 02/02/2010 - 21:41

Oh yes it works like a charm, thank you.
Couple of nights I actually fell asleep while waiting a page to load. It feels good to think those days are behind me. Well I'll see tonight.

by ice machine on Fri, 12/17/2010 - 03:22

tell me the step how to deactivat

by jrb on Sat, 01/15/2011 - 23:42

Just go to the modules page (Admin -> Site Building -> Modules), uncheck the "Update status" module and click "Save configuration".

by Anonymous on Sun, 07/03/2011 - 20:31

would have never thought of it. great fix!

by savedmylife on Wed, 09/07/2011 - 07:55

Have i told you lately that i love you?....
You saved my life!!. Or at least a good bunch of minutes of it.
This issue should be marked in <h1> red letters on top of every admin page!!

by Marcus on Thu, 02/16/2012 - 14:01

Hi guys...

Is this fix for D6?? I'm using D7 and can't find the Update Status module...??

by jrb on Thu, 02/16/2012 - 15:11

This was for D6, but may work in D7, too.  In D7, it's called "Update manager", and it's in the "Core" section. 

by Marco on Thu, 06/27/2013 - 11:35

Not in my case it doesn't.

by Anonymous on Mon, 05/07/2012 - 16:10

Your suggestion to disable the "Update Status" module finally solved my problem of unbearably slow admin pages. Thank you. There is a small fly in the ointment, though: when I re-install it (by clicking on the "Enabled" box right next to it), the problem returns. I can live without the status updates, though.

by jrb on Mon, 05/07/2012 - 16:24

Did you make sure to do the "Uninstall" part I described in the last paragraph?  That's what finally fixed it for me.

by Anonymous on Sun, 02/09/2014 - 17:10

deactivate->uninstall fixed it for me.
activating subsequently is fine as well.