Error using Drush with new Drupal installation of Drupal 8

I created a new server with Drupal 8 preinstalled. It already had Drush installed but whenever I run drush with a command in the working drupal directory I get the following error:

Command needs a higher bootstrap level to run-- you will need ot invoke drush from a more functional Drupal enviroment ot run this command.

I haven’t been able to get drush to work at all with this Drupal 8 install. I have used Drush regularly on Drupal 7 install with no problems.

Full message below: Command pm-update needs a higher bootstrap level to run - you will [error] need to invoke drush from a more functional Drupal environment to run this command. The drush command ‘pm-update’ could not be executed. [error] Drush was not able to start (bootstrap) the Drupal database. [error] Hint: This may occur when Drush is trying to:

  • bootstrap a site that has not been installed or does not have a configured database. In this case you can select another site with a working database setup by specifying the URI to use with the --uri parameter on the command line. See drush topic docs-aliases for details.
  • connect the database through a socket. The socket file may be wrong or the php-cli may have no access to it in a jailed shell. See for details.

Drush was attempting to connect to: Drupal version : 8.2.4 Site URI : http://default Database driver : mysql Database hostname : Database port : Database username : drupal Database name : drupal PHP configuration : /etc/php5/cli/php.ini PHP OS : Linux Drush script : /usr/local/bin/drush Drush version : 8.1.2 Drush temp directory : /tmp Drush configuration : Drush alias files : Drupal root : /var/www/html/drupal Drupal Settings File : sites/default/settings.php Site path : sites/default Sync config path : sites/default/files/config_zHcDrPgGJYeXy 3dKR7o7v4Wq1ri3InXTfQqf-Esa47nOYgxjayXJ9 AMLKafTtmgdzS-JkIJ_Ow/sync

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I ran into the same issue. I updated the password in my .my.cnf file to the password found in the settings.php file for the database.

Digital ocean support found this solution and I can now update with Drush.

Basically, to resolve this log in as root, and make sure you’re in the root user’s home directory:

cd ~

After doing this, move the .my.cnf file to rename it:

mv .my.cnf

Hi, I think that u run drush outside drupal installation / root folder. Drush needs either to run in drupal installed folder or aliases to be configured to point that folder.

Please cd to drupal folder and run drush

cd /your/drupalrootfolder/