I'm trying to implement a search and results form in the admin interface but I am having trouble getting the search function and pager working.

[1] The pager is not showing at all. I've got this working using db_select for the query but I'd like to use a solr query. How can I get a pager to display?

[2] The form submission is not working as expected either. On submission the page is redirect to the correct url but an error message is displayed: The requested page '/admin/monitor/custom/search/?q=foobar' could not be found. Do i have to declare a separate menu route /admin/monitor/custom/search/% to handle searches?

Many thanks,

function custom_menu(){
    $items['admin/monitor/custom/search'] = array(
      'title' => 'Custom',
      'description' =>'Custom search form',
      'page callback' => 'drupal_get_form',
      'page arguments' => array('custom_form'),
      'access arguments' => array('administer site configuration'),
    return items;

function custom_form($form, &$form_state){

    $table = build_results_table();

    $form['keyword'] = array(
      '#type' => 'textfield',
      '#description' => t('Search database by keyword'),

    $form['submit'] = array(
      '#type' => 'submit',
      '#value' => 'Go!'

    $form['results'] = array(
      '#markup' => $table,

    return $form;

function build_results_table($search_term){

    // perform query using Solr Search API
    // page number from $_GET('page')
    // search limit from a variable set by another module
    $results = query_database();

    $header = array('Firstname', 'Middlename', 'Surname');

    $rows = //... build rows from $results ...;

    $table = theme('table', array(
      'header' => $header,

    $table .= theme('pager');

    return $table;

function custom_custom_form_submit($form, &$form_state){

    $keyword = $form_state['values']['keyword'];
    drupal_set_message(t('Showing results for %keyword',
    array('%keyword' => $keyword)));

    $form_state['redirect'] =
    '/admin/monitor/custom/search/?q='. $keyword;


1 Answer 1

  1. Drupal only has only pager implementations for DB queries, but you can use the pager system manually for data in external sources. There are a couple of examples on the pager_default_initialize() docs that should get you started.

  2. Anything other than q as the param name should work - Drupal uses q as the path param in its rewrites, so it's probably trying to find a route of foobar in your example.

  • Thanks, [1] I got the pager to display by adding the correct parameters to pager_default_initialize($count, $limit). However I now have an issue of incorrect 'page' path parameters as described here: drupal.stackexchange.com/questions/189708/…. The first page results are displayed on both page 1 and 2. [2] I replaced 'q' as a path parameter with 'search' and now it works. Cheers!
    – RobotEyes
    Feb 8, 2016 at 18:12
  • "Incorrect" to you (and me as it happens), but not to Drupal! That's a long standing issue of contention, I believe the only answer is to roll your own pager implementation. Didn't even make it into D8 as it happens: drupal.org/node/1818040
    – Clive
    Feb 8, 2016 at 18:16
  • Oh no! Is there not a way of changing the links in a pager preprocess function?
    – RobotEyes
    Feb 8, 2016 at 19:07
  • Links, yes, but not the functionality that handles them; it's hard-coded to start from zero in at least pager_default_initialize(), probably others too (other functions probably rely on zero-based indexes without adjustment too). I think that's why the only advice I've seen is to implement your own mechanism
    – Clive
    Feb 8, 2016 at 19:50

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