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I'm moving a bunch of info from an xml feed into drupal nodes. I'm a little hung up on adding the image. I'm using php copy() to copy the image from a url to my drupal directory. From here, I'm not sure how to insert the field info into the node in such a way that an fid and all of the required data is generated. What is the preferred way to do this?

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OK, what I came up with here:

function save_my_image($uri) {
  //copy file into drupal files directory
  $contents = file_get_contents($uri);
  //then save into drupal's file system
  $file = file_save_data($contents);
  return $file;
}

file_save_data() (http://api.drupal.org/api/drupal/includes--file.inc/function/file_save_data/8) will handle creating an fid for the file and keeping track of it generally.. then simply add the fid to the node in question and you should be golden.

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