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Setting Drupal CCK and Location Default Values

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Lance Gliser

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Had a bit of trouble setting default values for a location item today. It seems I was outsmarting myself, or maybe location was smarter than I gave it credit for. I couldn't seem to use form_alter() to set default values for the location field. The values would appear, but nothing would happen on node save. Strange...

The cause? It seems the location code checks if the values of the location fields are empty, or are equal to the default values for the location. So, if you set the default values of the fields to your user's address... his address counts as empty, because it's the default value.

The solution! Use nodeapi( $op = 'prepare')! It should be noted that this also works for cck fields' default values as well.

function hook_nodeapi_prepare(&$node, $a3 = NULL, $a4 = NULL){ if(!$node->nid){ global $user; // Default Values $node->field_first_name[0]['value'] = !empty($user_data['first_name'])? $user_data['first_name'] : ''; // $node->field_first_name[0]['format'] = !empty($user_data['first_name_format'])? $user_data['first_name_format'] : '1'; // If it's a filtered field, you need to include the format. $node->field_last_name[0]['value'] = !empty($user_data['last_name'])? $user_data['last_name'] : ''; $node->field_email[0]['email'] = !empty($user->mail)? $user->mail : ''; $node->locations[0]['street'] = !empty($user_data['street1'])? $user_data['street1'] : ''; $node->locations[0]['additional'] = !empty($user_data['street2'])? $user_data['street2'] : ''; $node->locations[0]['city'] = !empty($user_data['city'])? $user_data['city'] : ''; $node->locations[0]['postal_code'] = !empty($user_data['postal_code'])? $user_data['postal_code'] : ''; $node->locations[0]['province'] = !empty($user_data['province_name'])? $user_data['province'] : ''; $node->locations[0]['province_name'] = !empty($user_data['province_name'])? $user_data['province_name'] : ''; $node->locations[0]['country'] = !empty($user_data['country'])? $user_data['country'] : 'us'; } }