I have a button (button_field) on a content type which is rendered by a view. The view will display a list of items and each will have a clickable button. When the user clicks a button, I need write a rule that will set a node reference (attached to the use) to the node that was clicked. the button_field provides several rules for detecting button clicks, but I have yet to find a rule action or rule token that gives me access to the fields on the 'node that was clicked' How do I gain access to that node?

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Link added. I am using the actions that came with the module (no additional code added.) I was hoping when I used the 'button pressed' action, rules would give me accesses to entity:... so that I could use the fields on the entity (the one with the button that was pressed.) However, this data option is not available. Honestly, I could use flags to do this, but I thought that a flag was a bit more functionality than I needed.

  • If the button is a submit button, it depends what data is passed to the submit handler from that form. Presumably the node data is in the $form_state there. Jun 2, 2014 at 23:12
  • I believe since you are clicking from a View and not the actual node, none of the node data is loaded, therefore none of that data is available to Rules. You could use it as a form submit with a custom module or have a link to the node instead and use the button on the node itself.
    – Geoff
    Jun 3, 2014 at 0:02
  • Could you link to the module that provides button_field? Or paste your code if it's your custom solution? Also, if it is a module, but triggers your own snippet of code, one in which you need to access node, please share that snippet.
    – Mołot
    Jun 3, 2014 at 6:22
  • There really is no custom code. I am creating a rule using the UI which is based on a button click. Usually when you build a rule, the system gives you a 'triggering node' variable. This does not exist when using button trigger.
    – Hoytman
    Jun 9, 2014 at 15:44

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I was trying to do something similar. It looks like as you can have button_field on any entity, you need to DEFINE what entity has button_field in your rules. It worked for me thinking like that.

What I mean is in your rules’ conditions section after checking ‘Clicked button comparison’ with your_button_field_name if you check ‘Entity is of type’ Node and ‘Content is of type’ Your_content_type, then all of the fields of your content type including nid will be available in Actions section under entity. Check out Using Button Field

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