I thought this would be an easy one. Not so. What works in Drupal 6 doesn't necessarrily work in Drupal 7.
This is part 2 of Uberdrupal: from distribution to profile.
In Part I of this post, I wrote about the context that led me investigate ways to speedup the installation of various Drupal websites.
Just as you might grab a napkin to sketch out an idea in your favorite joint or reach out for a pad of paper to test a concept with fellow developers at work, one often needs a fresh Drupal code-base (a Drupal napkin) to test and validate ideas. Practice makes perfect. If only installing a fresh Drupal code-base was as easy as grabbing a paper napkin under the glassy gaze of a disillusioned waitress... Actually, piece of cake! As we will soon see. Sort of.
I've been experimenting with installation profiles for some time now. It all started with a Drupalcon Chicago presentation by Dmitri Gaskin (dmitrig01): From Zero to Distribution using Features, Profiler, and Drush Make. A year ago, on a bad day, setting up a fresh Drupal installation in order to test a module or try some new tricks in Views could take me as much as two hours. The possibility of installing Drupal with a custom list of contrib modules in less than a minute seemed like science-fiction at the time.