I have a block that I would like to display on the edit page for a specific content type. Since the content of this block describes the site policy for editing that specific content type, I only want users to see it when editing nodes of that content type.

I tried setting the block display path to node/*/edit* and checking the appropriate content type on the block display menu, but that didn't work.

  • I know it sounds simple, but I though I'd best check - are you setting the block visibility on the correct theme?
    – Chapabu
    Nov 28, 2012 at 9:24
  • @Chapabu Yes, but a check of the block settings led me to find the answer. Dec 17, 2012 at 13:47

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You could implement hook_block_list_alter() to alter the status of the block. (Replace $bid with the block ID, and $content_type with the content type you are interested to.)

function mymodule_block_list_alter(&$blocks) {
  if (!empty($blocks[$bid]) && ($node = menu_get_object()) && arg(2) == 'edit' && $node->type == $content_type) {
    $blocks[$bid]->status = 1;

I discovered the source of the problem: the block was set to the wrong language, so I wasn't able to see it even though the path (node/*/edit*) was correct. Setting the block to the correct language allowed me to use the path node/*/edit*.

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