I want to alter a query for sorting a field. I read the documentation, it says

This hook should be placed in MODULENAME.views.inc and it will be auto-loaded. MODULENAME.views.inc must be in the directory specified by the 'path' key returned by MODULENAME_views_api(), or the same directory as the .module file, if 'path' is unspecified.

I used to implement all hooks inside my sites/default/realia/template.php so I first went stright and implemented the hook in sites/default/realaia/template.php which obviously didnt work.

function realia_views_query_alter(&$view, &$query) {
    print "<h1>I am in alter query</h1>";

After reading doc carefully which says the hook needs to be placed inside the specific file and in a specific place I totally feel lost. Because I don't see any .module file in my sites/default/themes/realia. This is where my all files provided by realia (3rd party) are placed there is only .info file but no .module file.

There are also other related modules inside sites/all/modules/realia but looks like this folder is not a module itself becuse there are no .info or .module files inside the root but subfolders/modules has it. I went and created a file reala_submodule.views.inc with the implementation and placed one in each of the modules but I still dont see it really got executed ever.

Of course I did drush cc all every time whenever I doubted there could be caching issue. I will have followup questions related sorting once I get this implementation working. Please help.

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  • You need to write your own module for this, is that the bit of info you're missing? – Clive Feb 27 '14 at 10:09
  • I created a new module with .info, .module and mymodule.views.inc with the hook implementation. I dont see its called ever (the debug statements are never rendered on browser) – Dudepal Feb 27 '14 at 10:37
  • Please do not change meaning of a question once it got answers... – Mołot Feb 27 '14 at 11:05

Maybe reason can be if you use Search API module, in this case hook_search_api_views_query_alter will work instead

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I have the same problem now and after some search find that when search API module enabled hook_views_query_alter not worked.

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  • Thanks a billion, I had been banging my head figuring out why hook views query alter is not invoking :) – InspiredCoder Sep 22 '19 at 16:33
  • @InspiredCoder you're very welcome. thanks for your comment. I feel good when I saw my answer help another guy ^__^ – Yusef Sep 22 '19 at 21:10

It's not called because it's too late to call it from theme layer. You should call it from a module.

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  • please check my updated question. I implemented query alter in new module. But wondering why its not called – Dudepal Feb 27 '14 at 10:59
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    Put it in the module body, rather than in another file. See if it works there. – Alexei Rayu Feb 27 '14 at 14:11
  • That did the trick. Can you please help me understand why it didnt worked in the way docs said? I have a separate post [here] (drupal.stackexchange.com/questions/104985/…) – Dudepal Feb 27 '14 at 15:17
  • When you add an inc file, you should include it in a module or in an inf file. Sometimes you don't. But in this case, obviosly, the file was not getting called. – Alexei Rayu Feb 27 '14 at 17:10

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