Is there any way to query by dynamically calculated values using Entity Field Query? Take the following:

I want to query where the sum of field_some_number and a user-provided variable are greater than or equal to 5. Right now I'm only able to do the following:

$my_variable = -7;    
$query->fieldCondition('field_some_number', 'value', 5, '>=');

But obviously this doesn't include my user-provided variable. How can I calculate this on the fly? Could hook-query-alter help me with this? I have not been able to figure out how to properly implement it. I'm using this with the Restful-Drupal module.

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I don't think Entity Query supports expression.

  • In your case, I think you might not even need it as you can workaround.

    $value_to_compare = 5 - $user_provided_value; $query->fieldCondition('field_some_number', 'value', $value_to_compare, '>=');

  • But if you need to compute value based on columns of database table, you can go ahead with db_select, where you can have addExpression for calculation.

    $query->addExpression('table_columns_1 + table_columns_2', 'sum'); $query->having('sum', 5,'>=');

  • Makes sense, was hoping to stick with EFQ. Also, my example might not have been the best, but imagine you wanted a more complex query where field_some_number * field_another_number >= 50. Is there any way to combine db_select with EFQ or do I need a totally new query?
    – mjoyce91
    Sep 30, 2016 at 14:11
  • total new query
    – arpitr
    Oct 1, 2016 at 4:11

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