[development] theme/module name conflict

Larry Garfield larry at garfieldtech.com
Thu Apr 26 00:28:15 UTC 2007

When I setup our automated install scripts at work for creating new Drupal 
projects, I specifically set it up to have a site-specific module named 
<sitename> and a theme named <sitename>theme.  Since the majority of the code 
in <sitename>theme/template.php has a phptemplate_ prefix anyway, it's not 
really that weird to type.  

Option 1 is the current standard, since PHP doesn't offer true namespacing and 
I don't think it's expected to for the foreseeable future.  If writing your 
own code, keeping in mind potential permutations of the things you name is 
probably a good idea for that reason.

On Wednesday 25 April 2007 5:41 pm, Ashraf Amayreh wrote:
> Hello all,
> I ran into a very awkward bug today. I created a module and a theme for a
> client, and naturally, this module contained customizations and the theme
> was a custom made theme. I named the module and the theme with the client's
> name. Let's say the client was named abc so I created an abc module and an
> abc theme. When I implemented the abc_block hook I was surprised to find
> that all blocks disappeared on all pages. Further investigation into the
> core and I found that the culprit was the call to theme('block') which
> mistakingly called abc_block thinking it was a theme override function
> (rather than the hook it was).
> I was wondering if this issue has been addressed before. I can think of
> three possible solutions:
> 1. Make it a standard that no theme and module should be named the same
> (weak solution)
> 2. Change all theme('block') calls to something else so no chance of
> conflict could occur
> 3. Change the hook name so that it won't conflict with the theme call
> 4. Any suggestions???
> Either 2 or 3 seem good enough to solve the problem. But I thought I'd
> gouge some opinions before wasting time on a less-than-optimal patch.
> Thanks :-)

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