I've got a problem on a Drupal 7.14 site when trying to add a new node to only one content type.

I get the following error message in the log:

EntityMalformedException: Missing bundle property on entity of type taxonomy_term. in entity_extract_ids() (line 7389 of /homepages/33/d169792374/htdocs/sites/yourfutureinautomotive.com/includes/common.inc).

I've tried the fixes outlined here as well as removing modules one by one and I'm not getting anywhere.

I've even reverted back to 7.8 to make sure I was on the same version as other people who were having the issue.

I'm open to any ideas or troubleshooting hints.



As per @mojzis suggestion below I used the Devel dpm function. The following was output:

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vid: 14 is the problem. There is no vocab with vid of 14. Trying to hunt down a reference to it anywhere but not having much luck.

  • Are you creating the node programmatically? Could you post your code?
    – Chaulky
    Commented Jun 12, 2012 at 16:54
  • No this is all through the admin.
    – SpaceBeers
    Commented Jun 12, 2012 at 17:28
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    try adding dpm($entity) before the exception to see which one it was, and whether it has a vocabulary_machine_name set.
    – mojzis
    Commented Jun 12, 2012 at 18:30
  • @mojzis - I've tried this, it's giving me a vocab machine name of null.
    – SpaceBeers
    Commented Jun 13, 2012 at 8:21
  • it looks weird altogether :) there is no tid ? And BTW, the vid should refer to some term, not taxonomy. So, to recap the situation: you have a field which is setu[ as a term reference, right ? And what are the settings there ? Which vocab is selected ? Is there any default value set ? What value do you provide when saving ? Does this happen when you set some value or when you set no value ?
    – mojzis
    Commented Jun 13, 2012 at 9:32

2 Answers 2


Your issue is most likely related to the Media module, and specifically this issue: 'Missing bundle property on entity of type file error'. In your troubleshooting efforts, did you run across this info? A quick check to confirm if this is the culprit is to follow the step(s) outlined in comment #5.


OK I'm going to answer this with that's solved the issue for me.

I got a bit desperate and was trying to hack common.inc in the core (may god have mercy on my soul), but after checking things out using the wonderful Devel module I just added in a test taxonomy vocabulary with a VID of 14. I can now add content again which is good, but am none the wiser as to the actual cause of the problem.

Interestingly the vocab as terms added to it when I add a new content of the type that was giving me trouble but they're blank. When I get a bit more time I'll try and troubleshoot this properly but if anyone else has the same issue, this is what solved it for me.

  • so, once you have some time :) try running dpm(field_info_fields()); in devel/php . the fields that are of interest to you have ['type'] = 'taxonomy_term_reference' and you should check their ['settings']['allowed_values'][0]['vocabulary'] - that holds the machine name of the vocabulary ... how it translates to a non-existent id is really interesting :)
    – mojzis
    Commented Jun 13, 2012 at 10:30

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