I have a Date field in a custom content type in Drupal 7. I would want to control the publishing of the content instance based on that particular Date. I want the job of the Scheduler module but have it as a field in my content type and access it accordingly. Is there a way to do it using triggers or Rules? Any thoughts on this would be really useful.

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There is a patch to make the Scheduler "Publish On" date render itself as a field: http://drupal.org/node/1203958

This presents a new Checkbox called "Show Scheduling options in vertical tabs", which you can uncheck to display as a field. Then you give it some weight so it shows up where you want it to.

Scheduler Configuration Scheduler rendered field

It's been working for me in production for a month or so.

EDIT: Here's a better way to make this happen with both Scheduler and Rules.

  1. Create a Rule, "After saving new content"
  2. Add a condition of "Content is of type"
  3. Add an "Execute PHP" action with this:

    $node->publish_on = strtotime("[node:field-datefield-here]"); scheduler_node_insert($node)

  4. Create a Rule, "After updating existing content"

  5. Add a condition of "Content is of type"
  6. Add an "Execute PHP" action with this:

    $node->publish_on = strtotime("[node:field-datefield-here]"); scheduler_node_update($node);

  • Thanks a lot for that. I will definitely look at that right away. But I think we should be able to do it using Rules as well. Is there a way to do it using Rules and triggers?
    – dshah
    Jun 26, 2012 at 18:52
  • Edited my answer with a rough Rules scenario. It's pretty rough! Jun 26, 2012 at 19:39
  • Perfect. I would love it if I can use Scheduler module but I can't seem to get the patch working and also would it just show up as a field type? How do I go about it? Any screen shots to help me here would be so much appreciated.
    – dshah
    Jun 26, 2012 at 19:49
  • Make sure you're using the 7.x-1.x-dev version of Scheduler. Here is a link to apply a patch: stackoverflow.com/questions/5577944/… Or from Drupal.org: drupal.org/patch/apply Jun 26, 2012 at 20:21
  • Thanks a lot for your help. Definitely will go through that. I really appreciate it.
    – dshah
    Jun 26, 2012 at 20:47

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