I have recently installed a new module, "Views Nivo Slider", and it is breaking the javascript on my web site that I have added via my theme. I'm at a loss as to what I should do to fix the issue.

By Break, I mean that the code from my theme no longer executes. It also throws no errors. It just acts like the code no longer exists

In my custom theme, I add javascript by adding this line in the theme:

scripts[] = js/js.js

I had added the code by using the onready event:

$(document).ready(function() {

Now I read online that perhaps this was not the best method to add code and that I should bind with drupal events. I tried to change my code to use this method to see if it would make a difference:

Drupal.behaviors.addMenu = function (context) {

My code always works IF this module is not being used. However, whenever I turn this module on, it breaks all of my javascript. I've spent about 2 hours looking around and searching for articles and I have had no luck so far.

The articles I was looking at to learn more about behaviors were:



The javascript code being used by this module is:

// $Id: views_nivo_slider.js,v 2010/06/18 15:04:17 pedrofaria Exp $ 
Drupal.behaviors.views_nivo_sliderBehavior = function (context) {
  $('.views-nivo-slider').each(function() {
    var id = $(this).attr('id');
    var vns = $(this);
    var cfg = Drupal.settings.views_nivo_slider[id];

    // Fix sizes
    vns.data('hmax', 0).data('wmax', 0);
    $('img', vns).each(function () {
      hmax =  (vns.data('hmax') > $(this).height()) ? vns.data('hmax') : $(this).height();
      wmax =  (vns.data('wmax') > $(this).width()) ? vns.data('hmax') : $(this).width();

      vns.width(wmax).height(hmax).data('hmax', hmax).data('wmax', wmax);


The only error on the page is from jqeuery reading the minified javascript. I don't think this is causing the issue b/c the rotator (what uses this) still works. Screenshot of error

Can someone please provide me with some guidance?

  • 1
    Can you clarify what "breaks" exactly means in your case? Are there javascript errors (e.g. in the firebug console), is nothing executed at all, ...?
    – Berdir
    Commented Dec 28, 2011 at 17:28
  • Ok. I will in the question, the scripts are ignored, no error, they just don't execute.
    – Scott
    Commented Dec 28, 2011 at 17:29

2 Answers 2


The screenshot in your question shows an error regarding the jQuery live() function, this was added in jQuery 1.3 and Drupal 6 comes with 1.2.6.

If you want to use a newer version of jQUery (needed by some modules), you can user the jQuery update module or see this tutorial: Using Newer Versions of jQuery with Drupal 6.

  • I commend your eye for detail. I imagine that I should address this as well. Perhaps it will even fix the issue, I'm going to try what Jimajamma suggested and then move on to this. I really appreciate your help!
    – Scott
    Commented Dec 29, 2011 at 14:01
  • I had to update to a more recent version of jQuery update module.
    – Scott
    Commented Dec 30, 2011 at 14:05

I have a custom theme with javascript and the Nivo Slider working together fine on a d6 site. The only thing I did with my javascript in the theme was wrap it in:

 Drupal.behaviors.THEMENAME = function () {

     // ALL of my theme javascript here


Looking at your examples above, it appears that you might be wrapping individual js functions in your theme that way instead, so if that's the case, just stuff them inside the drupal behaviors wrapper function.

ADDITION: Re: question below regarding THEMENAME, I used it just to avoid any potential namespace collisions, but, from http://drupal.org/node/304258...

Any function defined as a property of Drupal.behaviors will get called when the DOM has loaded. drupal.js has a $(document).ready() function which calls the Drupal.attachBehaviors function, which in turn cycles through the Drupal.behaviors object calling every one of its properties, these all being functions declared by various modules as above, and passing in the document as the context.

...so I guess any random name could be put there.

  • Thanks I will try this out. I guess when I started I was less educated about the "behavior" aspect of it. I guess it wasn't in my couple hundred page drupal book that I read a while back. I will try this right away. Thank you!
    – Scott
    Commented Dec 29, 2011 at 14:01
  • Do you know if using the them name is a "hook" or just a best practice? Is it supposed to work if I just made up some random text instead of the module name?
    – Scott
    Commented Dec 29, 2011 at 14:03
  • I made the change and it looks like the live error still persits b/c I did not yet make the change suggested by tostinni.
    – Scott
    Commented Dec 29, 2011 at 14:09

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