I've written a simple script that iterates over a CSV file and creates nodes in Drupal. All of the nodes are present in the admin interface but do not appear on the site unless I manually click 'Edit' then immediately save. This is a real problem because I do not have time to open each and every node. Funny thing is, this doesnt happen for every node.

A simplified version of my code

 while (($data = fgetcsv($handle, 1000, ",")) !== FALSE) {              
    $title = $data[1];
    $address1 = $data[2];
    $address2 = $data[3];

    // Add a node
    $node = new stdClass();
    $node->type = 'store_location';
    $node->status = 1; # published or not...
    $node->promote = 0;
    $node->uid = 1; // ID of author
    $node->created = date('U', strtotime('now'));

    $node->language = LANGUAGE_NONE;
    $node->path['pathauto'] = TRUE;
    $node->title = $title;
    $node->gsl_addressfield['und'][0]['thoroughfare'] = ucwords($address1);
    $node->gsl_addressfield['und'][0]['premise'] = ucwords($address2);

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    Not sure it's the root of your problem, but $node->created should be a UNIX timestamp, not a formatted date
    – Clive
    Oct 22, 2013 at 10:08
  • Test if cache clear makes your nodes appear. I f neither this nor Clive's suggestion works, it's an interesting problem. Btw they "do not appear" - I guess it's on a lists and in menus? What about direct /node/nid links?
    – Mołot
    Oct 22, 2013 at 10:16
  • have you tried the feeds module it can import csv pretty well. Oct 22, 2013 at 10:18
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    date('U', ...) returns string, strtotime() returns int. So yes and no, both returns timestamp, but their return values are ==, not ===. @Clive can you tell if it can make a difference?
    – Mołot
    Oct 22, 2013 at 11:45
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    @Mołot Nah, this is PHP/PDO - it ain't that picky ;)
    – Clive
    Oct 22, 2013 at 11:52

1 Answer 1


Use hook_node_presave($node) to check whether you are getting proper values.

Also, try drupal_form_submit() instead of node_save() for edit

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