So currently I am using the maxlength module (https://drupal.org/project/maxlength) in order to enforce the fields maximum length and I have a view set up that is embedded to a php Rules action (Execute custom PHP code).

Basically if a field is smaller than the maxlength defined, I am looking for a way to output the value with spaces.

For example: Maxlength 5. Field Value: xxx. Output: "xxx  " (without quotes)

I can't seem to find the right module/php code to do this.

I think I have 3 directions I can go with this.

  1. I have it save the spaces to the field based on the maxlength specified when saving the field. I don't like this option much since it actually adds spaces to the value in the database.

  2. I somehow edit the view to display the spaces based on the maxlength of the field.

  3. I edit the Rules views_embed_view php output.

Any help would be extremely helpful. Thank you.

Edit: I am using Drupal 7 by the way.

1 Answer 1


In template file for your field you can use good old PHP sprintf:

$right = sprintf("[%10s]\n",    $s); // right-justification with spaces
$left  = sprintf("[%-10s]\n",   $s); // left-justification with spaces

$right === "    monkey";
$left  === "monkey    ";

In your case
<?php print $output; ?>

should turn into:

 <?php printf("[%10s]", $output); /* if you want spaces before string */?>
  • So I could then create a new views-view-field tpl file for my field and alter the output. Awesome. I'm not too PHP savvy, so how would I go about using $right and 18 characters to edit the following output: <?php print $output; ?>
    – NWOM
    Commented Aug 26, 2013 at 8:23
  • @NWOM answer updated.
    – Mołot
    Commented Aug 26, 2013 at 8:28
  • Ah thank you. I realized it as well. Would it possible to pull the maximum length variable from the field settings, rather than using a static value? This would make it dynamic for all fields. Thanks alot for your help.
    – NWOM
    Commented Aug 26, 2013 at 9:50
  • @NWOM yes it would, but I can't tell how from the top of my head. Will try to come back later if I'll get an idea how.
    – Mołot
    Commented Aug 26, 2013 at 9:52
  • @NWOM if you can bring value of earlier field there, you could use printf("[%" . $length . "s]", $output); to get your result. Any string can be built dynamically.
    – Mołot
    Commented Aug 26, 2013 at 11:15

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