I am experiencing a problem with the GlobalRedirect module in that it seems like it is not loading the locale.inc which it relies upon. I tried using the module_load_include function but did not work as locale.inc isn't apart of a module.

I know I can use:


Is there a Drupal specific function call to load include files for Drupal? I am curious if there is.



With the help of module_load_include() method you can include the core files from the include directory the only thing is you need to pass "content" in the second parameter (i.e: module name).

Working Example on including a file from drupal core includes directory,

module_load_include('inc', 'content', 'includes/actions');
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    Never realized I could include these files using module_load_include – AyeshK Nov 28 '13 at 19:03
  • It was the 'content' keyword that I was missing. Thanks. – user5013 Nov 28 '13 at 19:14
  • it seems to me the OPs original method is fine (and shorter) - what am I missing? – ErichBSchulz Feb 2 '14 at 11:04
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    This approach causes the warnings "The following module is missing from the file system: content", and is not the correct approach. See @LionsAd's solution instead for the right way. – jdhildeb Aug 23 '17 at 17:50
require_once DRUPAL_ROOT . '/includes/actions.inc';

is the correct way.

Using 'content' just worked, because there is no module named content and just did work due to a side-effect. It also caused silent performance problems on Drupal versions < 7.50.

There is no Drupal specific function to load a core include file, and this is how it is done in includes/common.inc line 5242.

  • Fabianx, Drupal 7 core branch maintainer and core committer
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    > 7.50 you'll end up with "The following module is missing from the file system: content" errors – kreynen Aug 30 '16 at 3:09

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