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Predefined User-Attributes Extension



  • About line 102:

    I've tried this:
    function PredefinedAttributes($Context, $User = false) { $this->Context = $Context; $this->User = $User; $this->Context->DatabaseColumns['User'][$this->ColumnName] = $this->ColumnName; }

    Anyway, it doesn't work.

    Still waiting for new version...
    Ooops. Working!
  • Guys.

    I installed this extension but no matter what I did it did not work at all. I need to remove all changes it made on other files because my forum does not work now, but what files were effected? Does anyone have an idea?

  • Follow up on previous post:

    I missed an essential post from hutstein

    function PredefinedAttributes(&$Context, &$User) {

    My forum works atleast :)

    Thank you and keep up the good work guys.... I' m loving this.
  • edited June 2006
    .. and another one.

    When I try to install the extension as described after activating it, I get this error msg:

    Warning: Missing argument 2 for predefinedattributes() in /srv/vefir/personal/levy/weareone/forum/extensions/PredefinedAttributes/default.php on line 102 PredefinedAttributes.Install(); The error occurred on or near: You have an error in your SQL syntax near 'COMMENT 'Created by Predefined Attributes Extension ' AFTER Attributes' at line 3

    I checked the DB and the column has not been inserted to the USER table. Any ideas on how to get this installed?

  • Hi levy,
    i'll check any reasons for your problems tomorrow.
    And (to mark) add a read me file finally...
  • Levy,
    i uploaded a new version of the extension:
    function PredefinedAttributes(&$Context, $User = false) {
    should be the best solution for the constructor. The 2nd argument has to be optional.

    The database errors results from the "Missing argument 2" error you got first. Without this error the SQL Query will work.

    but what files were effected?
    No other files are changed by the extension.

    Hope it'll finally work for you.
  • @michael: thx for the extension! I have a problem, however. After activating the extension I get this error:
    Parse error: syntax error, unexpected '=', expecting ')' in /hsphere/local/home/tools/ on line 102

    It shows on every vanilla page - I needed to remove the extension manually in my extensions.php file to bring the forum alive again. Any ideas?
  • Hi Thomas,

    maybe you have an error in the var $Attributes array on line 53.
    Did you changed the Attributes definition in the Array.

    Is the error still there on a 'clean' installation (without changes) of the extension?

  • Suggestion: the fields should be searchable from the 'search users' functionality
  • just thinking some more on this... would it be possible to put the data straight into the existing users attributes field instead?
  • @michaelontheroof: had forgotten this discussion - will examine my installations troubles soon.

    Meanwhile, I have a suggestion! Wouldn't it be cool to integrate Predefined Attributes with the Announcements add-on? On many forums there will be members who registered before the predefined attributes add-on was implemented. They would then (I assume) have empty or missing data fields in their profile. My thought was to make the announcement add-on discretely 'irritate' the old members to go in and update their profiles. What do you think?
  • I get this:

    Error Message
    An error occurred while creating a column

    Affected Elements

    The error occurred on or near: You have an error in your SQL syntax near 'COMMENT 'Created by Predefined Attributes Extension' AFTER Attributes' at line 3
  • edited November 2006
    Terrific extension. Just have one question and two small bugs:

    QUESTION: Is there a way to get the predefined attributes to appear in the New Applicant Email notification? This would be an incredibly helpful feature.

    BUG 1: All radio buttons are given checked="checked" attributes instead of only the default radio button.

    BUG 2: While the application form properly displays a formatted error message for users who don't fill in the required predefined attributes.... it is possible for someone to then open up their Account profile and, say, switch a drop-down menu to the empty select value and remove their required information. I get the following error when this happens:

    Notice: Undefined property: UserManager::$User in /home/.mypath/extensions/PredefinedAttributes/default.php on line 552
  • I was also having the install MySQL error "You have an error in your SQL syntax near 'COMMENT 'Created by Predefined Attributes Extension' AFTER Attributes' at line 3.

    Simply open the default.php file, find the line that says COMMENT 'Created by Predefined Attributes Extension', and remove it. I'm pretty sure MySQL doesn't support a command called COMMENT, though it may just be the older versions that don't. It's not listed as a reserved word in the manual.
  • edited February 2007
    After activating PA, when I call "settings.php?PostBackAction=InstallPredefinedAttributes" I get no messages at all - the VF wrapper is there, but nothing in the main content area - should something be in there? I checked the table, and the PredefinedAttributes field is there - then when I run "extensions/PredefinedAttributes/default.php" I get "Warning: array_key_exists(): The second argument should be either an array or an object in /home/content/t/e/v/tevigen2/html/vf/extensions/PredefinedAttributes/default.php on line 429". I haven't changed any of the files. I had no other extensions installed when installing PA (although I do now). I am running Vanilla 1.0.3. Please help.

    Also, the zip file is very confusing with all the different files - some in separate folders, some in subfolders. I'm not 100% sure I uploaded the correct files. I uploaded the PredefinedAttributes folder (in the PredefinedAttributes_v0.3.3 folder) with .DS_Store and default.php files in it.

    Thank you!
  • You may safely delete the .DS_Store file, it's an OSX-specific thing, the author should have deleted it before distributing the package.

    Posted: Thursday, 15 February 2007 at 8:33AM (AEDT)

  • i'm having the same problem as tom2
  • Is it possible to make the information entered appear on the "Member"-page created by the extension "Members Page" or at the users account page (account.php?u=)?
  • Anything's possible :) You'll probably want to post that information in that addon's discussion though as it would most likely be a change to that, not this.
  • For starters I'm interested in how to make it appear at the users account page? I thought this would be already part of this extension?

    Here's how I have altered the code:

    var $Attributes = array( array( "Label" => "LAN-förening", "Required" => true, "Value" => "", "Hidden" => false, "Description" => "Fyll i vilken LAN-förening du tillhör!" ) );
  • Is there any way to have it automatically produce a hyperlink when a web address is entered? For example, I have a website field with the following;

    array( "Label" => "Website", "Required" => false, "Value" => "http://", "Hidden" => false, )

    Upon entering my website and checking my user account page, the text entered is there but it does not link to the website. Most of my users would want this rather than having to user the default Vanilla custom information fields.
  • Can the custom user fields be searched?
  • edited November 2007
    I echo Resilient suggestion. I imagine the easiest thing to do would be create a new type, and display that type as a hyperlink. I'm not familiar enough with the vanilla functions to see where to put it in the default.php (or how to for that matter).

    You want to do something like this (this code isn't working for me yet, the new type in the case is 'Web').
    function AddToAccountPage() { $this->GetAttributesFromDatabase(); //trying to get type /*if (array_key_exists("Type", $Attribute) && array_key_exists("Data", $Attribute) && is_array($Attribute["Data"])) { $Type = $Attribute["Type"]; } else { $Type = "Input"; } $Txt = $Type.':'; */ //$Txt .= '<h1>'.$this->Context->GetDefinition("PredefinedAttributesTitle").'</h1>'; //$Txt .= '<ul>'; $Txt =""; foreach($this->Attributes as $a) { if ($this->getUserAttribute($a['Label'], false)){ if (!$this->isHidden($a['Label']) || ($this->User->UserID == $this->Context->Session->UserID) || in_array('PERMISSION_APPROVE_APPLICANTS', $this->Context->Session->User->Permissions)) { $Txt .= '<li><h3>'.$a['Label'].'</h3>'; $Txt .= '<p>'.$this->getUserAttribute($a['Label'], false).'</p></li>'; } } } //$Txt .= '</ul>'; echo $Txt; }

    What we need is a way to get the type, which I assume is stored in the array/database somewhere. Once you get the type, you do an if statement and go from there.

    Looking into the sql tables, it doesn't record the type. But it does have some abstract things happening which may help out. If that doesn't work, then I think this can't be done with the way this extension is designed.
  • edited November 2007
    i tried to manually change the data stored in the sql to a hyperlink, and that caused problems--- so I'm pretty sure now if you want to make a link you have to do it when its being displayed (not setting it up when its being captured).

    Next idea is to parse the text, and if starts with "http://" then make it into a html tag.

    Update: Got it to work.
    In function AddToAccountPage add/modify the following
    if (substr($this->getUserAttribute($a['Label'], false),0,7) == "http://"){ $Txt .= '<a href='.$this->getUserAttribute($a['Label'],false).'>'.$this->getUserAttribute($a['Label'],false).'</a>'; } else{ $Txt .= '<p>'.$this->getUserAttribute($a['Label'], false).'</p></li>'; }

    Line preceding where this goes should be:
    $Txt .= '<li><h3>'.$a['Label'].'</h3>';

    Full function is (since it hard to use line numbers, as everyones will be different due to their arrays at the start):
    function AddToAccountPage() { $this->GetAttributesFromDatabase(); //$Txt .= '<h1>'.$this->Context->GetDefinition("PredefinedAttributesTitle").'</h1>'; //$Txt .= '<ul>'; $Txt =""; foreach($this->Attributes as $a) { if ($this->getUserAttribute($a['Label'], false)){ if (!$this->isHidden($a['Label']) || ($this->User->UserID == $this->Context->Session->UserID) || in_array('PERMISSION_APPROVE_APPLICANTS', $this->Context->Session->User->Permissions)) { $Txt .= '<li><h3>'.$a['Label'].'</h3>'; if (substr($this->getUserAttribute($a['Label'], false),0,7) == "http://"){ $Txt .= '<a href='.$this->getUserAttribute($a['Label'],false).'>'.$this->getUserAttribute($a['Label'],false).'</a>'; } else{ $Txt .= '<p>'.$this->getUserAttribute($a['Label'], false).'</p></li>'; } } } } //$Txt .= '</ul>'; echo $Txt; }

    Next task: if predefined value is "http://" , make it blank.
    Reason: If people make new predefinedattribute for a webpage, they may want the default value to be "http://". And users enter what goes after that. If the user doesn't have a page, they may be lazy and not remove the http.
  • To solve the last question I posed (if you have a default value of http:// for a text box, and want to prevent that accidently being displayed as a link to just http://) add the one following line:

    In the function, GetAttributesFromForm, add this line
    if ($Value=="http://") $Value="";

    $Label = str_replace("\\\"", "", $Label); $Value = strip_tags($Value);

    Full Function with modifications:
    function GetAttributesFromForm() { $UserAttributes = array(); $Label = ""; $Value = ""; $Attributes = ForceIncomingArray("PredefinedAttributes", array()); foreach ($Attributes as $Label => $Value) { if ($this->isRequired($Label) && trim($Value) == "") { //in next release use Vanillas Validate() Function $this->Context->WarningCollector->Add(str_replace('//1', $Label, $this->Context->GetDefinition('ErrRequiredInput'))); } else { $Label = strip_tags($Label); $Label = str_replace("\\\"", "", $Label); if ($Value=="http://") $Value=""; $Value = strip_tags($Value); $Value = str_replace("\\\"", "", $Value); if ($Label != "" && $Value != "") $UserAttributes[] = array("Label" => $Label, "Value" => $Value); } } $this->UserAttributes = $UserAttributes; }
  • Any chance of this changed being merged adopted by the extension? Has this extension been abandoned?
  • I am experiencing a massively dangerous oversight within this extension in that setting fields as hidden is simply not hiding them!! A registered user can search for and look at any other user's predefined attributes on their user page even though I have set the data to hidden. Anyone else experiencing this?
  • edited August 2008
    I've fixed this issue. The offending code can be found at line 383 (of an unedited/customised version of default.php):

    || in_array('PERMISSION_APPROVE_APPLICANTS', $this->Context->Session->User->Permissions)) {

    This part of the conditional statement is aiming to check if the user has Applicant Approval permissions - which, if true, assumes that the user is an admin and can therefore show the hidden fields on the account page. However, the existence of the array key does not reliably indicate an admin, as a user can have that array key but with it set to 0 which simply means a user without approval permissions.

    Instead, I've amended the code so it checks to see if this attribute is equal to 1. Replace the above with this line and hidden fields will really be hidden fields:

    || (@$this->Context->Session->User->Permissions['PERMISSION_APPROVE_APPLICANTS'] == '1')) {

    This works and fixes the problem but isn't a reliable indication of the user being an admin. However, it's the best I could do in the time I had to find a fix.

    Does anyone know of a more reliable way to check if a user is an admin?

    michaelontheroof - I really, really appreciate the time you've taken to build this plug-in, I do, but this was a dangerous oversight in terms of data protection!

    Best wishes,

  • edited November 2008
    I wanted to be able to access the new predefined attributes in the user session data.
    I'm pasting the following modifications to enable these new values to be accessed.
    Some of it could be done differently to make the key-value pairs easier to get to, but it should do to get someone up and running quickly.

    This enables you for example to use the new values outside of vanilla in an integration project.
    I've included line numbers and those line numbers' content as the numbers could be different in your project.
    If you cannot match the line number in your code to what I have provided, search for the code itself.

    And as always use this code at your own risk.
    I cannot guarantee that it will work in your project.
    This has only been tested on my own custom installation.
    I cannot be liable for any results that do not equal 100% success. :)


    Access New Fields By:
    $Context->Session->User->PredefinedAttributes[0]['Label']; $Context->Session->User->PredefinedAttributes[0]['Value'];


    Make the following modifications:


    After Line 314
    $s->AddFieldNameValue('Attributes', '');
    $s->AddFieldNameValue('PredefinedAttributes', '');

    Change Line 445
    $s->AddSelect(array('UserID', 'Name', 'FirstName', 'LastName', 'Email', 'UtilizeEmail', 'Icon', 'Picture', 'Attributes', 'Preferences', 'CountVisit', 'CountDiscussions', 'CountComments', 'RemoteIp', 'DateFirstVisit', 'DateLastActive', 'RoleID', 'StyleID', 'CustomStyle', 'ShowName', 'UserBlocksCategories', 'DefaultFormatType', 'Discovery', 'SendNewApplicantNotifications'), 'u');
    - to -
    $s->AddSelect(array('UserID', 'Name', 'FirstName', 'LastName', 'Email', 'UtilizeEmail', 'Icon', 'Picture', 'Attributes', 'PredefinedAttributes','Preferences', 'CountVisit', 'CountDiscussions', 'CountComments', 'RemoteIp', 'DateFirstVisit', 'DateLastActive', 'RoleID', 'StyleID', 'CustomStyle', 'ShowName', 'UserBlocksCategories', 'DefaultFormatType', 'Discovery', 'SendNewApplicantNotifications'), 'u');

    Change Line 609
    $s->AddSelect(array('UserID', 'RoleID', 'StyleID', 'CustomStyle', 'FirstName', 'LastName', 'Name', 'Email', 'UtilizeEmail', 'Icon', 'CountVisit', 'CountDiscussions', 'CountComments', 'DateFirstVisit', 'DateLastActive'), 'u');
    - to -
    $s->AddSelect(array('UserID', 'RoleID', 'StyleID', 'CustomStyle', 'FirstName', 'LastName', 'Name', 'Email', 'UtilizeEmail', 'PredefinedAttributes', 'Icon', 'CountVisit', 'CountDiscussions', 'CountComments', 'DateFirstVisit', 'DateLastActive'), 'u');

    Change Line 648
    $s->AddSelect(array('Name', 'UserID', 'RoleID', 'StyleID', 'CustomStyle', 'UserBlocksCategories', 'DefaultFormatType', 'Preferences', 'SendNewApplicantNotifications'), 'u');
    - to -
    $s->AddSelect(array('Name', 'UserID', 'RoleID', 'StyleID', 'CustomStyle', 'PredefinedAttributes', 'UserBlocksCategories', 'DefaultFormatType', 'Preferences', 'SendNewApplicantNotifications'), 'u');



    After Line 46
    var $Attributes;
    var $PredefinedAttributes;

    After Line 108
    $this->Attributes = array();
    $this->PredefinedAttributes = array();

    After Line 162
    $this->Attributes = SerializeArray($this->Attributes);
    $this->PredefinedAttributes = SerializeArray($this->Attributes);

    After Line 208
    $this->Attributes = UnserializeArray($this->Attributes);
    $this->PredefinedAttributes = ''; $this->PredefinedAttributes = ForceString(@$DataSet['PredefinedAttributes'],''); $this->PredefinedAttributes = UnserializeArray($this->PredefinedAttributes);



    After Line 119
    $DatabaseColumns['User']['Attributes'] = 'Attributes';
    $DatabaseColumns['User']['PredefinedAttributes'] = 'PredefinedAttributes';

  • # iamkeir:

    You can use the session object to get the user-role ID - that can then be checked against the value for admin.
    If you do a:


    You will see all of the contents of the $Context Object - and what values you can access.

    My above modification also gives clues on how to add things to the user session object as well.

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