In wanting to uncheck the 'Receive e-mail notifications' checkbox under installation with drush site-install, I discovered that unchecking a checkbox with the key=value feature is not possible.
install_configure_form sets update_status_module[2] to the value 2 if it is checked. If the checkbox is not checked, the variable will not be set.

In install_configure_form_submit Drupal adds the admin e-mail to the update_notify_emails variable if $form_state['values']['update_status_module'][2] is set.

// Add the site maintenance account's email address to the list of
// addresses to be notified when updates are available, if selected.
if ($form_state['values']['update_status_module'][2]) {
  variable_set('update_notify_emails', array($form_state['values']['account']['mail']));

I tried drush si install_configure_form.update_status_module[2]=0 (and also tried to set it to NULL, FALSE, "" and adding nothing after the = with the same results). The admin e-mail always gets added to the update_notify_emails variable.

My motivation for unchecking this checkbox is to avoid errors when using drush site-install and not having sendmail configured on the development server.

sh: /usr/sbin/sendmail: not found
WD mail: Error sending e-mail (from to
WD cron: Cron run completed.
Installation complete.  User name: admin  User password: xUPTCibcmA
Unable to send e-mail. Contact the site administrator if the problem persists.


regilero’s picture

have you tried the workaround descrivbe here ?
Which would be :
drush site-install install_configure_form.update_status_module[2]

andyg5000’s picture

This appears to have worked for me:

drush site-install install_configure_form.update_status_module='array(FALSE,FALSE)'

setting both of the following to false

'#options' => array(
1 => st('Check for updates automatically'),
2 => st('Receive e-mail notifications'),

shirley.chan’s picture

Version: » 7.x-5.8

Thank you, andyg5000! Your solution works for my build script! Since my system is not setup with a mail server, drush site-install kept returning the error,

sh: 1: /usr/sbin/sendmail: Permission denied
WD mail: Error sending e-mail (from to           [error]
Installation complete.  User name: user  User password: userpassword                       [ok]

causing my script to fail even though the install was succssful. With the e-mail notifications turned off, my script can now execute pass drush site-install.

moshe weitzman’s picture

Category: bug » support
Status: Active » Fixed

Added to docs for site-install

Status: Fixed » Closed (fixed)

Automatically closed -- issue fixed for 2 weeks with no activity.

pfrenssen’s picture

For reference here is a link to Moshe's commit from #4: 2ccfe92.