Just a little background: I've got a set of paragraphs fields that I need to be able to translate, and given the limitations on translation with paragraphs, I've come up with the idea, that it may just be best to create a new node of a new content type (for holding the paragraphs fields) for each language of the main node. I would then use Inline Entity Form to bring those fields into my main node.

The problem I run into is that translation copies the value from the original language when I create a translation. Most of the time this is desirable, but in this case, it means that all languages get the same referenced node, when I specifically want them all to have their own new node.

Is there any way to suppress the value copy functionality for a specific field when translating?

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Unset the field values in a hook_ENTITY_TYPE_translation_create:

use Drupal\node\NodeInterface;

 * Implements hook_ENTITY_TYPE_translation_create().
function mymodule_node_translation_create(Nodeinterface $translation) {
  if ($translation->getType() == 'product') {
  • Sorry for the slow reply to this. I'm finding that $translation's structure is not as simple as indicated here, and am trying to figure out what should be unset to allow me to prevent inline entity form from getting a default node to work with.
    – UltraBob
    Mar 5, 2019 at 6:52
  • This code examples avoids copying the default value from the original language for the field body. You only need to replace this with your field name unset($translation->field_example); and adjust the content type and it should work.
    – 4uk4
    Mar 5, 2019 at 9:03
  • I guess I am not familiar enough with Drupal 8 OO coding. I tried inspecting $translation with xdebug, and there must be some getter and setter magic happening that I didn't account for. It appears to work very well. Thank you!
    – UltraBob
    Mar 6, 2019 at 1:04
  • it doesn't work for paragraphs. In hook Nodeinterface is changed with EntityInterface
    – Sharique
    Jan 18, 2022 at 7:34
  • @Sharique, the code example needs Nodeinterface because of getType(). If the argument is declared more generic you can't use a more specific method, at least not in an IDE.
    – 4uk4
    Jan 18, 2022 at 7:47

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