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I have a problem with an ajax function which doesn't work properly and I don't understand why. I done a similar thing long time ago in Drupal 7 and it seems I forget how it works.

I have a node type with terms references, a type and options. In the node edit, the selection for the type is a select list and for options it's a list of checkboxes. In function of this type, I want only show related options to my user.

Here my code:

function my_module_form_my_content_type_node_form_alter(&$form, &$form_state) {
  $form['field_options']['#prefix'] = '<div id="options-choice">';
  $form['field_options']['#suffix'] = '</div>';
  $form['field_types']['#ajax'] = [
    'callback' => 'ajax_options_choice',
    'wrapper' => 'options-choice',
    'method' => 'replace',
    'effect' => 'fade',
  ];
  if(isset($form_state['values']['field_types']) || isset($form['field_types'][LANGUAGE_NONE]['#default_value'][0])) {
    $type_tid = isset($form_state['values']['field_types'])? $form_state['values']['field_types']: $form['field_types'][LANGUAGE_NONE]['#default_value'][0];
    $type = taxonomy_term_load($type_tid);
    $type_option = $type->field_type_option[LANGUAGE_NONE][0]['value'];
    $bundle = "my_content_type";
    $results = db_query("SELECT nid, title FROM {node} as n inner join {field_data_field_is_$type_option} as fdf on n.nid = fdf.entity_id  WHERE n.type = :bundle AND n.status = '1' AND fdf.field_is_". $type_option . "_value = '1'", array(":bundle" => $bundle))->fetchAllKeyed(0, 1);
    $options = [];
    foreach ($results as $nid => $title) {
      $path_alias =  drupal_get_path_alias("node/$nid", "en");
      $value = '<span class="views-field views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="' . $path_alias. '">' . $title . '</a></span> </span>';
      $options[$nid] = $value;
    }
    $form['field_options'][LANGUAGE_NONE]['#options'] = $options;
  } else {
    $form['field_options'][LANGUAGE_NONE]['#options'] = [];
  }
}

function ajax_options_choice(&$form, &$form_state) {
  return $form['field_options'];
}

`

When I edit a content which have already a type, options are correctly limited. But when I change the value of the select list, the ajax doesn't seem work and options stay the same. I have no error in the firefox or chrome console so I suppose the ajax is simply not execute.

Additionnal questions: Which ways can I test the ajax works or not? Is that possible to use dpm() in the callback?

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But when I change the value of the select list, the ajax doesn't seem work and options stay the same.

Simply because there is no db_query logic inside the ajax_options_choice callback.

How is Drupal suppose to know that it needs to run again the results db_query and then assign it to #options?

So essentially, currently, AJAX is executing, but you're just returning the same value that was calculated on initial page load.


Which ways can I test the ajax works or not?

function ajax_options_choice(&$form, &$form_state) {
  drupal_set_message('Yes AJAX was called');
  dpm('yay dpm works!'); 
  watchdog('my_module', 'ajax was fired', array(), WATCHDOG_NOTICE); // now check /admin/reports/dblog
  return $form['field_options'];
}
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    Thanks for your help. My condition was good (if my select has a value, Drupal relaunch correctly the db_query). My error was the field_types is a container which contains the select field form. So I finally fix my problem when I define my #ajax to the level of my "select", so $form['field_types'][LANGUAGE_NONE]['#ajax']. The ajax is finally call. – Claire D Feb 6 at 20:54

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