The Features module makes it very easy to manage taxonomy vocabularies. Managing taxonomy terms, however, is a bit complicated.
That is mainly because terms are considered content. Therefore, one would not wish to manage terms in a feature any more than he or she would manage nodes.
If that were the case, then there is always the uuid_features module (see link under “Resources”).
Another method would be to export terms to a CSV file. That would allow the developer to easily import terms after each site installation.
Here is how we do it:
Our addition here is the “data” directory. That is where we keep CSV, XML or JSON files that need to be imported into the site in order to build a basic instance of the site. Inside the scripts directory, we would have a script called site-install.sh with commands like these:
And how great would it be to have one more drush command to import taxonomy terms? Here is how:
There is a nice module called Taxonomy CSV import/export. It is a little quirky, but it gets the job done. The current stable version of the module (7.x-5.10) does not appear to work well with Drush 6.2. And that seems to be due to a patch applied to it for compatibility with an earlier version of Drush. The patch calls drush_get_merged_options() and that adds options that the module later complains about. Here is a snippet of the culprit with our debugging lines:
The quickest work around is to download the dev version of the module:
Here is a command to export terms to a csv file.
You will notice that the output is a bit verbose. Another issue is that it creates a redundant out-file in the public files directory even though we provided a destination as an argument.
Here is a command to import the terms:
Even though the destination vocabulary option is called “–vocabulary_id”, you will notice that it also accepts a vocabulary name.
Once the terms are imported, we can verify with a quick db query:
You can take a look at all of the available options by issuing the following command:
Or, just browse to /admin/help/taxonomy_csv for an extended discussion on the topic.
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