I am having a problem saving nodes programatically. I am attempting to save nodes that use the following pathauto pattern for an alias:


Both the first and last token work fine both ways. However, the middle token - [node:menu-link:parents:join-path] - returns empty when saving through a script and populates fine when saving through the UI.

I've inspected $node object that is being passed through in each case and they are identical, except for $node->path. When saving through the UI the $node->path value looks something like this (copied from devel dsm message):

[path] => Array
      [alias] => communications/some-person
      [pid] => 153
      [source] => node/100
      [language] => und
      [pathauto] => 1

However, when saving programatically $node->path looks like this:

[path] => Array
            [pathauto] => 1
            [alias] => 

As you can see, its missing data that is present when saving through the UI, and I suspect that data is needed to correctly parse the token.

Anyone have any idea why these two would be different or why the [node:menu-link:parents:join-path] token doesn't work when saving through the script?

If it matters, script is pretty straight-forward:

$nids = db_query('SELECT nid FROM {node} where nid = 100')->fetchCol();
foreach (node_load_multiple($nids) as $node) {
  echo "Saving node " . $node->nid . "\r\n";

Thanks in advance.

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For anyone that might find this in the future, this is related to this issue:


Still trying to figure out a workaround for my scenario, but this is the cause.

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