I have written inside a Computed Field's Computed Code section the following code:

//work if the node is new and there is no value for the field yet
if (empty($entity_field[0]['value'])) {

  do {
    //calculate a promotion code
    $new_promotion_code = strtoupper(substr(md5(rand(999, time())), 0, 5));

    //check db for conflicts
    $query = new EntityFieldQuery();
    $query->entityCondition('entity_type', 'node')
      ->fieldCondition('field_gift_code', 'value', $new_promotion_code)
      ->addMetaData('account', user_load(1));
    $result = $query->count()->execute();
  } while($result > 0);

  //assign the field value
  $entity_field[0]['value'] = $new_promotion_code;

  //$entity->title[0]['value'] = $new_promotion_code;
  //$entity->title[LANGUAGE_NONE][0]['value'] = $new_promotion_code;

  //presave the node with attached fields (not sure if this is working)
  field_attach_presave($entity_type, $entity);

This code works except the commented out section which includes two options for setting up same node's title. I am also not sure if field_attach_presave() works but I have no means to debug it and it just doesn't fail like field_attach_update().

Using Auto Entity Label is also a solution but the token ([node:field-gift-code:rawvalue] or [node:field-gift-code]) for this field just prints Array.

Any suggestions?


1 Answer 1


You can't do it all in the first box.

Use the Computed Code box to create a value for the field in $entity_field[0]['value'].

Then use the Display code box to do something with this value.

  • Thank you very much for the answer. Can I just put $entity->title[0]['value'] = $entity_field_item['value']; into the display box?
    – duru
    Commented Apr 3, 2013 at 23:32
  • Give it a try, but if you call drupal functions, you must do it in the Display code box.
    – Triskelion
    Commented Apr 3, 2013 at 23:41
  • Got a peaceful WSOD =)
    – duru
    Commented Apr 3, 2013 at 23:49
  • Just tried to evaluate PHP in Auto Entity Label pattern: <?php print $entity->field_gift_code[0]['value']; ?> gave nothing.
    – duru
    Commented Apr 3, 2013 at 23:54

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