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Ubuntu Crontab for Drupal 6 Sites

On rackspace cloud servers running Ubuntu, I have been using the following:

0 */3 * * * wget [URL to cron.php file]

to run cron at the 0th minute every 3 hours every day. To get in to the cron tab, SSH in to the server and run

crontab -e 
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Alter the output of Logintoboggan on User Registration Form

Recently I was faced with a problem that gave me a bit of trouble. I was using the Logintoboggan module to create a unified login form as well as to allow logins with username or e-mail address. In addition to using Logintoboggan, I had created a small helper module to remove and alter some of the cruft in the user registration form and the user profile form.

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MySQL Export/Import Command Line Syntax

If you are like me, occasionally you find yourself working with a database that is so large it's pretty much impossible to do any importing/exporting with the GUI tools. It doesn't happen often enough for myself to have the MySQL commands memorized, so I'm putting them here so I can find them again later.

Exporting using mysqldump

mysqldump –u mysqlUser -p DatabaseName TableName > FilenameToSaveAs 

Importing the same file

mysql –u mysqlUser -p DatabaseName < FilenameToImport 
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Example of Using the D7 Batch API to Process Changes to Entities From a Select Query

The other day I decided that I needed to figure out how to use the Batch API. I have had a number of times where I needed to "fix" a bunch of nodes on a site. These are usually one time fixes such as adding a new field to the user object and needing a default value to be set for all the previous users. In most cases I would just create a standard menu callback and let it process. If it was too much to do in a single page request, I would change the query to limit the results and run it multiple times. I knew the Batch API was a better choice, but I hadn't taken the time to figure it out.

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How to Auto Node Title Nodes of a Certain Content Type in Drupal 7

Sometimes when you are creating a piece of content, the title field does not make sense to be filled out by the user. In these cases, its best to hide it and have it filled in automatically. Depending on your needs, the Auto Nodetitle may be able to give you everything you need.

After enabling the module, navigate back to basic editing of the content type you wish to configure, or add a new one. You will see a new option for "automatic title generation" with three options:

1. Disabled

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