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6 menu_rebuild()
7 menu_rebuild()

(Re)populate the database tables used by various menu functions.

This function will clear and populate the {menu_router} table, add entries to {menu_links} for new router items, then remove stale items from {menu_links}. If called from update.php or install.php, it will also schedule a call to itself on the first real page load from menu_execute_active_handler(), because the maintenance page environment is different and leaves stale data in the menu tables.

Return value

TRUE if the menu was rebuilt, FALSE if another thread was rebuilding in parallel and the current thread just waited for completion.

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22 calls to menu_rebuild()


drupal/includes/, line 2578
API for the Drupal menu system.


function menu_rebuild() {
  if (!lock_acquire('menu_rebuild')) {
    // Wait for another request that is already doing this work.
    // We choose to block here since otherwise the router item may not
    // be available in menu_execute_active_handler() resulting in a 404.
    return FALSE;

  $transaction = db_transaction();

  try {
    list($menu, $masks) = menu_router_build();
    _menu_router_save($menu, $masks);
    // Clear the menu, page and block caches.

    if (defined('MAINTENANCE_MODE')) {
      variable_set('menu_rebuild_needed', TRUE);
    else {
  catch (Exception $e) {
    watchdog_exception('menu', $e);

  return TRUE;