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You create a great block display in Views. You configure it just right for your pages and then, it shows up, or part of it does, on pages where there is no content to fill it? As a relative newbie to Drupal Views, this stumped me for a bit. Fortunately there is an easy fix right in Views.

The How To:  (you can do either or both parts depending upon what you need to accomplish).

Part 1.

Under FIELDS: click each field and in the "No results text" area, check the "hide if empty" box.

Christina

This is something that is so simple to do, once you have figured out the steps to get to the right little click boxes to appear. I wish that it were more intuitive to find, but for all those who struggle with “hiding” the page titles, Display Suite makes it really easy to choose to hide the page title for a specific Content Type or for a particular Node.

Follow these steps:

(I’m starting at the beginning for Newbies)

1. Download and install the Display Suite Module. (If you are using Drush the (current) module-name is “ds”).

Chris

I am constantly re-working Drupal's tabs to look a little bit more like a pile of bricks, and I've finally decided to stop reinventing the wheel and to document the CSS that makes them display more sanely. (Namely, if you have a narrow main column and a lot of tabs, they start disappearing into the ether over at the right).

I hope this snippet helps some other folks, too.

This fixes your default Drupal tabs by taking it from this:

Chris

For some reason I have a huge mental block when it comes to image captions. I can never quite remember exactly which combination of modules I prefer. Part of this is because I've tried so many different modules that offer this functionality. Also, they all have similar names, such as Image captionCaption filter, and Image caption formatter.

JP

Today I was trying to figure out why in the name of all that good in the world why I couldn't use $_SESSION in my form's _submit handler.

As it turns out, I actually CAN put stuff into $_SESSION, it's just that when you want to pull something OUT of $_SESSION later, that's not where it is.

Instead, it's on the $user object in Drupal, in $user->session. After some studying, it seems this is a pipe-delimited and semi-colon delimited list of variable names and their serialized values.

Here's a function to pull stuff off of $user->session:

Chris

I recently needed to redirect a client's traffic from their old URL to a new one. In this case, they wanted any traffic going to plain example1.com to go to example2.com/blog and all other traffic to go to example2.com/[equivalent URI] (e.g., example1.com/about --> example2.com/about).

To do this, I messed around with rewrite rules and conditions for a while, until I decided on what seems to be a fairly straight forward solution:

Patrick

MySQL and PostgreSQL's MD5() functions are nice, simple, ways to hash your data. Unfortunately, SQL Server 2005 and up (sorry, in order to get it working in SQL Server 2000, you'll need to try a stored proceedure), you can use the HASHBYTES() function.

In a recent SQL Server port of the Actions module for Drupal 5, I ran into the following MySQL query:

SELECT aid FROM {actions} WHERE MD5(aid) = '%s'

Patrick

If you get the following error

svn: This client is too old to work with working copy '.';
please get a newer Subversion client

... or you just want to update your subversion client (command line), try the following:

Patrick

A typical install of OS X won't create a .bash_profile for you. When you want to run functions from your command line, this is a must-have.

  1. Start up Terminal
  2. Type "cd ~/" to go to your home folder
  3. Type "touch .bash_profile" to create your new file.
  4. Edit .bash_profile with your favorite editor (or you can just type "open -e .bash_profile" to open it in TextEdit.
  5. Type ". .bash_profile" to reload .bash_profile and update any functions you add.
Patrick