I have a view / display page that needs to be displayed in a specific html - page format. I did a html--viewname.tpl.php and page--viewname.tpl.php to display my view.

Within page--viewname.tpl.php I call print render($page['content']); to render my view. All is working except that block.tpl.php and region.tpl.php are called by drupal system to wrap the view content adding several html tags (div) that I don't want.

I expected to use function MYTHEME_preprocess_block(&$variables) to ask drupal to use a custom block.tpl.php file, but within this function I didn't find the way to know if the function is called to render my viewn or anything else.

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When dealing with a page view you can use the views_get_page_view() function, to get the view object for the current page, like this:

 * Variable preprocessor for the block template.
function MYTHEME_preprocess_block(&$variables) {
  // If we are on a views page display.
  if ($view = views_get_page_view()) {
    // If we are on the MYVIEW view.
    if ($view->name == 'MYVIEW') {
      // Add the view object to the variables for use in the template (if you need it).
      $variables['view'] = $view;

      // Use a custom block template for this specific display (if required).
      $variables['theme_hook_suggestions'][] =  "block__{$view->name}";

      // Add your block customisations for this specific view (if required).

      // If we are also on the MYDISPLAY display of MYVIEW.
      if ($view->current_display == 'MYDISPLAY') {
        // Add your block customisations for this specific view and display here (if required).

        // Use a custom block template for this specific display (if required).
        $variables['theme_hook_suggestions'][] =  "block__{$view->name}__{$view->current_display}";
  • Thanks rooby, it is what I was looking for, now I don't understand why drupal is still calling the default block.tpl.php instead of my custom one set in the preprocess function. I'm still debugging to understand that...
    – Pierre_C
    Dec 22, 2015 at 12:24
  • Ok, in fact when $variables['theme_hook_suggestions'][] = "block__XXX_YYY"; drupal looks for template file block--XXX-YYY.tpl.php. Strange because I did the same for html template using html--XXX--YYY as suggestion and html--XXX-YYY.tpl.php as template file name without any problem. I will ask a question about that.
    – Pierre_C
    Dec 22, 2015 at 12:58
  • Underscores in template suggestions are converted to dashes in the template file name. Dashes are left as dashes.
    – rooby
    Dec 22, 2015 at 23:45

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