How do I mark a database query with a tag so that I may alter it via hook_query_alter? I get the concept, but does anyone know what the syntax is? A working example would be helpful. Thanks.

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In case you're struggling to find the documentation, the class is called SelectQuery, and you're looking for the addTag function.

$query = db_select('table', 't')->fields('t')->addTag('my_tag');

Then in your query alter:

function MYMODULE_query_alter(QueryAlterableInterface $query) {
  if ($query->hasTag('my_tag')) {
    // Do something...
  • Note, if the query has a tag, you can also use hook_query_TAG_alter e.g: hook_query_my_tag_alter(QueryAlterableInterface $query){} similar to hook_form_FORM_ID_alter for forms. Jun 24, 2013 at 9:06

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