When I'm programatically creating nodes using the code found here I keep getting the following errors:

Warning: Illegal offset type in isset or empty in pathauto_cleanstring() (line 180 of .../sites/all/modules/pathauto/pathauto.inc).

Warning: Illegal offset type in pathauto_cleanstring() (line 223 of .../sites/all/modules/pathauto/pathauto.inc).

I have tried providing a default $node->path value, not including a value, setting the value myself using pathauto_cleanstring(), but nothing seems to work. I find it odd that I'm getting the error twice too :s

The solution to this question didn't help either unfortunately :(

Any help on this would be greatly appreciated!


So, the problem had to do with the data that I was using to create the path. I'm loading an XML file using simplexml_load_file. The value I was using for the node title was a SimpleXMLElement

SimpleXMLElement Object
    [0] => Node Title

Which needed to be cast as a string before saving it as the nodes title. Thank you all for your help!

  • Not the solution but you should try first node load and check what parameter the pathauto field needed and provide it in that way.
    – j2r
    Feb 15, 2012 at 6:04

1 Answer 1


Try this:

      $path = 'your value for the path';
  $node->path = array('alias' => $path);
  • Dimitril, I'll try this again, but I'm certain I tried it in a few configurations and the problem was still present. Feb 15, 2012 at 14:00
  • I did this to set the path to the correct alias...not sure if it's necessary but it works: $placeholders[t('[title]')] = pathauto_cleanstring((string)$event->title); $alias = pathauto_create_alias('node', 'insert', $placeholders, array('node'), $node->type); $node->path = array('alias' => $alias); Feb 16, 2012 at 21:00

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