I'm new to using Drupal and am building a custom module to learn how it all works.

I'm building my module in modules/custom/my_module. I have a Dutch locale file in modules/custom/my_module/translations/my_module-0.1.nl.po.

If I specify it like that in my .info.yml file, it works great:

name: My Module
description: Just testing
version: 0.1
package: Custom
type: module
core_version_requirement: ^8.8 || ^9
'interface translation project': my_module
'interface translation server pattern: modules/custom/my_module/translations/%project-%version.%language.po

But, now my .info.yml file would force users to install this module in modules/custom/my_module. I don't want that. I don't care where they put it. They can put this module in modules/contrib/my_module or sites/all/modules/my_module for all I care. Maybe someone will include it as a packaged dependency and it will end up in modules/custom/some_module/modules/my_module. It shouldn't matter and I don't want to hard-code the module path in my .info.yml.

What I want is to have my .info.yml file specify the server pattern using a module-relative path (relative to where my module's .info.yml file lives) like this:

'interface translation server pattern': translations/%project-%version.%language.po
# or perhaps as:                        ./translations/%project-%version.%language.po

But Drupal doesn't like this and checking for updates to translations will indicate the file could not be found.

I'm aware of the translations:// and public:// stream wrappers, but as far as I can tell this either requires the translation file to be hosted elsewhere, copied to the sites/default/files folder (which I could probably do in my_module_install() but is unhandy during development when I'm constantly adding strings) or (again) hardcoding the path to the module.

For now I've implemented the hook_locale_translation_projects_alter() hook in my my_module.module file to set an absolute path like this:

function my_module_locale_translation_projects_alter(&$projects) {
  $projects['my_module']['info']['interface translation server pattern'] =
    __DIR__ . '/translations/%project-%version.%language.po';

This works, but it feels like a nasty workaround and not how Drupal is intended to work.

What is the usual method to get module-relative paths to work for translations?

Edit: As suggested by @leymannx, instead of using __DIR__ in my hook, I can use:

function my_module_locale_translation_projects_alter(&$projects) {
  $projects['my_module']['info']['interface translation server pattern'] =
    drupal_get_path('module', 'my_module') . '/translations/%project-%version.%language.po';

This feels slightly better, but I still feel this should be possible without implementing a hook for this.

  • Try drupal_get_path('module', 'MYMODULE') . '/translations/%language.po'.
    – leymannx
    Commented Sep 7, 2021 at 9:47
  • @leymannx can I do that in my yaml file? Or would I still need to implement the hook to use that function? Commented Sep 7, 2021 at 9:48
  • No, from the hook. I don't think you can have a module relative path in the info file. Only web-root relative.
    – leymannx
    Commented Sep 7, 2021 at 9:49
  • @leymannx that works and feels better than using __DIR__ but surely there's a way to do this from the yaml file without implementing the hook? Commented Sep 7, 2021 at 9:51
  • I don't think so. What's wrong with the hook?
    – leymannx
    Commented Sep 7, 2021 at 9:51


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