[development] Curl-based content generation

Earl Dunovant prometheus6 at gmail.com
Thu Feb 5 21:14:11 UTC 2009

On Thu, Feb 5, 2009 at 3:37 PM, M. Fioretti <mfioretti at nexaima.net> wrote:

> On Thu, Feb 05, 2009 13:50:46 PM -0500, Earl Dunovant wrote:
> > Use drupal_execute().
> >
> > http://api.drupal.org/api/function/drupal_execute/6
> The only problem is that to write such a script one needs to know in
> advance:
> - the exact sequence of URLs to call (isn't this documented anywhere
>  but in the source code itself?)
> - a list of the names and admissible values of all the form variables
>  to pass to curl when it calls each one of those URLs. (**)
> You need to know the fields in the form to create the node type you want to
create. You put the data in $form_state['values'], just as is passed into,
hook_form_alter(). You can get that by writing a hook_form_alter() function
that calls var_export($form_state['values'], 1);

1: call drupal_get+form() to get the from-defining array
2: populate your $form_state['values'} array with your new node data
3: call drupal_execute($form_id, $form, $form_state);

Lather, rinse, repeat until you're done. No URLs involved. Stick it in a
module and call it from your script or a menu as you prefer.

Read the docs and you'll see how it's done.
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