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Thanks to some help from clive. I've cleaned up the code below. Now it appears I need to do some tweaking with my submit handler as my files are still getting mark as temporary in the file_managed table. Also is there a way to stop drupal from adding the _ in front of the file extension on upload?

Form

$form['model_wrapper_container']['ios_file'] = array(
  '#type' => 'managed_file',
  '#title' => t('IOS File'),
  '#size' => 22,
  '#upload_location' => 'public://ios_images',
  '#upload_validators' => array(
  'file_validate_extensions' => array('bin aes tar'),
  ),
);

Submit Handler

function iosupload_submit($form, &$form_state) {
  // Load the file via file.fid.
  $file = file_load($form_state['values']['ios_file']);
  // Change status to permanent.
  $file->status = FILE_STATUS_PERMANENT;
  // Save.
  file_save($file);
}
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  • To offer another approach...you could use the managed_file type (which will save having to do the file upload yourself) along with a bit of javascript to auto-press the upload button. It should achieve the same effect. There's an example at drupal.stackexchange.com/questions/31121/… if you're interested
    – Clive
    Jul 8, 2012 at 0:39
  • @Clive I like the sandbox module that works pretty slick! Next issue is how do I get around the allowed file types, and tell it where it should be uploaded in the public file system? Thanks
    – rsaturns
    Jul 8, 2012 at 0:52
  • If you're using a managed_file you can put something like '#upload_location' => 'public://path/to/folder' on the form element, and Drupal will handle the rest :)
    – Clive
    Jul 8, 2012 at 0:57
  • @Clive Duh yeah I had that in my submit handler above... I'm going to post refreshed code and reword my question current questions. Thanks
    – rsaturns
    Jul 8, 2012 at 1:07

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