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I find myself wanting to control whether a menu item is shown on certain pages, much like how I can control how blocks are only visible on certain pages.

I cloned the menu using the Menu clone module, but have already experience maintenance issues and can only see it becoming more of a problem when the site goes live...

Is there a clever way of controlling menu item visibility?

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I have done something along these lines with custom blocks. The basic approach is

  • Put everything you want in a menu, regardless of visibility
  • Make a custom block; make sure you don't cache it
  • In the render callback, get the menu $menu = menu_tree_all_data('menu-foo');
  • unset() any items in the $menu according to your visibility rules
  • Assign the items to $block['content']

Then you can assign the block to a region.

  • Thank you @MPD By a custom block you mean a custom module, is that right? – kine456 Mar 1 '13 at 4:51
  • @kine456 Yes, custom block inside your own module. – mpdonadio Mar 1 '13 at 11:39
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this module is worth a look: http://drupal.org/project/menu_item_visibility which allows for menu item filters similar to block filters (but alas no php filtering)

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