I have about a 100 nodes where I need to manually change the url alias in the url_alias table. I want to make sure the "Generate automatic URL alias" setting is disabled for those nodes so the url doesn't change when a user changes the title.

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I was under the impression the "Generate automatic URL alias" setting would be saved in the database for each node. That's not the case.

Instead I just had to change the pathauto setting from "Create a new alias. Delete the old alias." to "Do nothing. Leave the old alias intact." (credits)

  • But this doesn't answer your original question. I still want to know where the the “Generate automatic URL alias” setting is stored. I want to bulk updates 1000's of nodes to check this box.
    – Felix Eve
    Jan 10, 2014 at 10:04

If you simply do not want them to change, then put this in your pattern for that specific content type:


Disclaimer: You probably want to test this once before updating all of them

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