Rule setup Fetch Entity by Property I'm working with the Twilio module to create a Rule that will send out an SMS message when a user creates a specific piece of content. Here's how I've got things laid out at the moment.

  1. I have a content type called Office (field_office), which contains the regional office name (imported from LDAP, but that probably doesn't matter.)
  2. I have an entity reference user profile field called field_user_office that links to the Office content type.
  3. I created a content type called Blast Message with an entity reference field called field_office_sms which also links to the Office content type. When a user wants to create an SMS they create one of these nodes and select one or more offices to send to.

When I set up my rule I'm not seeing the fields exposed as I expected. I tried adding two Entity has field conditions, Parameter: Entity: [node], Field: field_office_sms and Parameter: Entity: [node], Field: field_mobile_phone, the last of which is the actual mobile number saved in the users' accounts.

How do I navigate from the original content (Blast Message) through the Offices, then to the specific Users who are linked to that office, and ultimately retrieve their mobile phone numbers?

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You need to use the action: Fetch entity by property.

  1. Condition: Entity has field > node: field_office_sms
  2. Fetch entity by property > User > Property: field_user_office > Value: node: field_office_sms:nid
  3. Loop: List: [entity-fetched]
  4. Action: Send SMS > list-item: field_mobile_phone
  • Interesting -- though I'm running into a problem with the Fetch entity by property action in that I don't have nid as an option. For node:field_office_sms my options are 0, 1, 2, and 3. Also, my Send SMS action doesn't have list-item as a choice as I get (only site, node, and entity-fetched, and entity-fetched has the same 0, 1, 2, and 3 options.) Aug 22, 2016 at 13:56
  • You have 0,1,2 and 3 because it's an unlimited field. So you have to go into 0:nid as it's the first (and only?) option. When you do the fetch, you can do the loop and get list items. Aug 22, 2016 at 15:54
  • Unfortunately trying to force node:field-office-sms:0:nid gives the error "The data type of the configured argument does not match the parameter's value requirement." and it won't save. Aug 24, 2016 at 21:37
  • Have you made any progress? Some screenshots could help.. Also try using the action, "convert value" to integer. I've had to do that before. Aug 26, 2016 at 9:39
  • No luck so far, but screenshots added. I tried adding "convert data type" as I don't see "convert value", but I'm not sure what to do with that once it's in place. Aug 29, 2016 at 18:23

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