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What would be 'the best' hook function to use in the custom module installation to import entity data? This is supposed to be a one-time activity during the module installation only, after entity schema is built in the database and entities are initialized (to be able to use Entity API in the data import).

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For one time import of data, when installing a module, use hook_install. This can be used to populate the database just after tables are created, provided your module also implements hook_schema.

You do not want to use hook_enable. If you used this, the database would be re-populated every time the module was re-enabled after being temporary disabled.

  • Thank you, hook_install definitely looks more proper, and it seems to run after custom modules are loaded as well, so can use definitions of custom entities with Entity API. – al_mc Oct 11 '13 at 13:10
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... just found, could be hook_enable() if I'm not mistaken about its usage

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