I want to delete the node_revisions and comments with node_delete(). Is this possible, or do I need to write custom code?


Little more context on this one since I had to answer this myself recently. The node.module code starts the delete operation by invoking all HOOK_node_delete functions it is aware of:

  foreach ($nodes as $nid => $node) {
    // Call the node-specific callback (if any):
    node_invoke($node, 'delete');
    module_invoke_all('node_delete', $node);
    module_invoke_all('entity_delete', $node, 'node');
    field_attach_delete('node', $node);

    // Remove this node from the search index if needed.
    // This code is implemented in node module rather than in search module,
    // because node module is implementing search module's API, not the other
    // way around.
    if (module_exists('search')) {
      search_reindex($nid, 'node');

One of which is the comment_node_delete() function in comment.module (clearing comments):

 * Implements hook_node_delete().
function comment_node_delete($node) {
  $cids = db_query('SELECT cid FROM {comment} WHERE nid = :nid', array(':nid' => $node->nid))->fetchCol();
    ->condition('nid', $node->nid)

After it has finished with the modules that have references to these nodes, it then clears its own node tables for the NID:

  // Delete after calling hooks so that they can query node tables as needed.
    ->condition('nid', $nids, 'IN')
    ->condition('nid', $nids, 'IN')
    ->condition('nid', $nids, 'IN')
   ->condition('nid', $nids, 'IN')

So - yes, node_delete clears both comments and revisions, as well as other node data and references.

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