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I have a view which creates a block of comments. I have a comment.tpl.php in my theme folder which I use to theme the comments on the node.

To theme the view, I need a variant of comment.tpl.php and have tried the following:

comment-view.tpl.php comment-views.tpl.php comment-view--name-of-view.tpl.php comment-view-name-of-view.tpl.php

After cache clearing each option the template is still not picked up.

How can I theme this view please? By the way I am using the Omega theme.

  • what version of views are you running? have you explored Theme:Information that is available for each view? You are probably interested in the field content template file. just a guess there. – au_stan Mar 6 '13 at 13:05
  • Using views 3, the templates in theme:information do not contain the variables in comment.tpl.php. That is why i need to override comment.tpl.php – rix Mar 6 '13 at 13:08
  • any reason for voting this down or do you not really have a reason? – rix Mar 6 '13 at 13:22
  • I'm pretty sure there's no built-in support to override comment.tpl.php on a per-view basis (if it's not in theme:information then that's true). You'll need to implement the theme hook suggestions yourself – Clive Mar 6 '13 at 13:27
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    I don't have time to look into it too deeply right now, but basically you'll be implementing hook_preprocess_comment() at the theme/module layer, trying to find some sort of reference to the $view object inside the $vars array that's passed in, and adding something like: $vars['theme_hook_suggestions'][] = 'comment__' . str_replace('-', '_', $view->name);. After a cache flush the corresponding template file should work (e.g. comment--name-of-view.tpl.php) – Clive Mar 6 '13 at 13:46
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Ok, I came up with some sort of solution, thanks to @clive.

function hook_preprocess_comment(&$vars){
    if (isset($vars['view'])) { 
        $view = $vars['view'];

            if ($view->name == "my_view_name"){
            $vars['theme_hook_suggestion'] = 'comment__' . str_replace('-', '_', $view->name);
    }   
  }   
}

I tried to do $vars['theme_hook_suggestions'][] but those templates were never picked up. Is it ok to directly set theme_hook_suggestion.

Really hope this helps someone else out there..

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When in the views UI, under 'advanced' on the right hand side, down the bottom you will see 'Theme' with a link next to it saying 'information' (under the 'Other' heading). Click the information link to see many template file name suggestions.

  • As stated, I need to override comment.tpl.php as it contains the variables needed for theming. – rix Mar 6 '13 at 13:08

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