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With Drupal and views you can generate a table with for example a list of users and their contact details.

Let's say I have a user outside of the system that I want to add to the table statically, what's the best way to do this in Drupal?

The ways I am thinking of are:

  • Write a module that db_select or use enityfieldquery into an array, add the external user info and put it through theme table and outputs it on a page.

  • Override the views template and add the user info there.

    Are there better ways?

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    Low level way is to use hook_query_alter - with it, you can add UNION with anything.

    More direct Views way is hook_views_post_execute:

    This hook is called right after the execute process. The query has been executed, but the pre_render() phase has not yet happened for handlers.

    Adding output to the view can be accomplished by placing text on $view->attachment_before and $view->attachment_after. Altering the content can be achieved by editing the items of $view->result.

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