[development] Info needed to add content to Drupal via shell/curl script

Richard Morse remorse at partners.org
Wed Jan 7 16:25:30 UTC 2009

Hi! In this particular case, I had some special variables I needed  
added, and I wanted to restrict the ability to post to certain IP  
addresses and user(s). I did look at services, and it was more than I  
needed or wanted...

But thanks!


On Jan 7, 2009, at 11:16 AM, Greg Dunlap wrote:

> On the Drupal side, you should also look at the Services module, which
> offers XML-RPC services for creating nodes as well as many other  
> Drupal
> functions.
> On Wed, Jan 7, 2009 at 8:01 AM, Richard Morse <remorse at partners.org>  
> wrote:
>> I developed something similar which uses the XML-RPC mechanism to  
>> create
>> nodes. I wrote a custom module to receive the data, create a node  
>> object,
>> and call node_save() on it. To submit the data, I used Perl.
>> If you're interested, I can send you the code.
>> Ricky
>> On Jan 4, 2009, at 3:39 AM, M. Fioretti wrote:
>> Greetings,
>>> I would like to ask all Drupal developers where to find the info  
>>> to do
>>> what I describe below. I have already found almost identical  
>>> questions
>>> asked both on the support list and in the forums at drupal.org,  
>>> but they
>>> did not receive complete answers, so here I am.
>>> I want to write a shell script which takes as input an HTML file  
>>> and other
>>> parameters (title, category, etc...) and then, using curl and the  
>>> POST
>>> method, logs into a Drupal website, adds a node with that text and
>>> parameters, logs off and returns the complete URL assigned by  
>>> drupal to
>>> that page.
>>> The information I need is:
>>> - what is the exact sequence of pages (relative URLs) that drupal  
>>> presents
>>> to users who login and then want to add a node?
>>> - what is the complete list of POST parameters (assuming there is  
>>> only one
>>> custom category CAT_1) that drupal wants to see POSTed to each of  
>>> those
>>> pages?
>>> - how much the two answers above depend on drupal version, or will  
>>> change
>>> in the future?
>>> Important: I know I can look at all the http headers going back  
>>> and forth
>>> between browser and drupal, and using this approach I have *already*
>>> written a working draft of the script myself, but I'm looking for a
>>> better, more reliable way to do this. I found that the script  
>>> won't work
>>> consistantly, meaning that I'd have to tweak it every time if Drupal
>>> version changes or (usign it on other sites) depending on which  
>>> modules
>>> are installed.
>>> So, is there any official documentation which contains complete,  
>>> reliable
>>> answers to the questions above? In other words, is there a better,  
>>> more
>>> reliable and future-proof way to get those answers than studying  
>>> source
>>> code or raw http sessions by trial and error?
>>> Thank you in advance for any feedback and happy 2009!
>>> Marco
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