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We have a Drupal 8 site with translated content, and using the Pathauto module. The issue we are running into is that when we un-check the "Generate automatic URL alias" on, say, the Chinese node, because the content editors want to customize that URL, that applies to all the other languages of that node, and path aliases are no longer automatically generated.

Ideally, we would like to separately control how to generate path aliases for each language a node is using, whether automatic or custom. The Pathauto_i18n module looks like it might be helpful, but it's woefully unfinished for Drupal 8 and I don't think we have the resources to finish it on our own right now.

Is there something else I am missing?

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    Yes, that flag is currently per entity and not per translation. That's something that you should report as a feature request for pathauto, it will need to be expanded there. – Berdir May 12 '17 at 21:12
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I had to create a custom path based on a field. I was able to use hook_pathauto_pattern_alter(). If you need custom path per node then this should work. You will need to add a field. It can be a plain text field. Pathauto conditions. Here is an example of the hook. code review for hook_pathauto_pattern_alter

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