There is a function in Drupal 5 (_phptemplate_variables()) that has been deprecated in Drupal 6. Is there a similar function in Drupal 6?

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    It seems to me that your question title doesn't match with what you explain in the body... Could you please clarify?
    – acm
    Mar 14, 2011 at 14:15
  • For those of you looking for Equivalent function in D6 and above, look at GoogleTorp's answer.
    – GoodSp33d
    Apr 1, 2013 at 7:52

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well, i'm not totally sure what you mean, but according to the title of the post, you want a redirect function ?

something like the drupal_goto(); function?



_phptemplate_variables in D5 have been changed into multiple functions.

The Drupal preprocess functions have changed from Drupal 5 -> Drupal 6, to make them hook based. So instead of having a single function that could be invoked for different hooks, Drupal 6 uses the naming system similar to how hooks is used in modules.

This is described in detail on Drupal.org: Converting 5.x themes to 6.x


_phptemplate_variables() is not a function that has been deprecated. It is simply a private function that is not used anymore.

Drupal 5 PHPTemplate engine looked for a function with that name to alter the variables used in a template.

function _phptemplate_callback($hook, $variables = array(), $suggestions = array()) {
  global $theme_engine;

  $variables = array_merge($variables, _phptemplate_default_variables($hook, $variables));

  // Allow specified variables to be overridden
  $variables_function = '_'. $theme_engine .'_variables';
  if (function_exists($variables_function)) {
    $variables = array_merge($variables, call_user_func($variables_function, $hook, $variables));
    // …
  // … 

What the code for Drupal 6 needs to do is to implement MODULE_preprocess(&$variables), or MODULE_preprocess_HOOK(&$variables) (where HOOK is page, node, comment, or any of the values defined from a theme or module).

function phptemplate_preprocess_page(&$variables) {
  if (isset($variables['node'])) {
    $variables['template_files'][] = 'page-' . str_replace('_', '-', $variables['node']->type);
  return $variables;
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    OP is asking for Equivalent of _phptemplate_variables()
    – niksmac
    Dec 14, 2012 at 16:31

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