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#1 2021-02-18 21:45:35

saccade
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From: Neubeuern, Germany
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Posts: 517

importing files into textpattern from a url within a plugin

Hi, I import event-data from a database into textpattern on a regular basis using xml as exchange format.
Within the xml data there are links to images,

is there a plugin oder code snippet how to import an image into textpattern automatically, if you simply provide the url to that image?

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#2 2021-02-19 08:06:49

jakob
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Re: importing files into textpattern from a url within a plugin

A bit of a wild-guess idea: what if you hooked up smd_xml and smd_query: smd_xml to read the relevant part of the xml file, and smd_query to write the relevant data to the database (see Example 6 in Stef’s smd_xml docs). You’d need to design it carefully to guard against errors in incoming data before insertion into the database.

I’m not sure, though, that that would solve the actual bringing in of the file into textpattern. For that you may need a custom plugin to curl in the image from the other location, or alternatively, the image remains where it was and an (as yet non-existant) image-counterpart to smd_remote_file that would allow you to manage links to remote images directly from Textpattern’s images tab, as if they were native…

Another very loose idea, as I have no idea of your situation: if your other database is also online as a mySQL database, rah_swap allows you to switch database connections mid-page. You can use that with smd_query to query the other database directly and output the results in your textpattern page.


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#3 2021-02-19 10:29:55

etc
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Re: importing files into textpattern from a url within a plugin

saccade wrote #328970:

is there a plugin oder code snippet how to import an image into textpattern automatically, if you simply provide the url to that image?

If ‘provide’ means ‘paste the url into input box’, you can try this:

# Name: etc_import v0.3 
# Type: Admin/AJAX plugin
# 
# Author: Oleg Loukianov
# URL: 
# Recommended load order: 5

# .....................................................................
# This is a plugin for Textpattern CMS - http://textpattern.com/
# To install: textpattern > admin > plugins
# Paste the following text into the 'Install plugin' box:
# .....................................................................

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#4 2021-02-19 10:48:54

Bloke
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From: Leeds, UK
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Re: importing files into textpattern from a url within a plugin

Aside from the fact it doesn’t play nicely with smd_thumbnail for some reason (my plugin probably needs tweaking to hook into yours properly), this is ace.

I’d love to be able to offer drag/drop a URL natively on the Browse… control (like you did in com_article_image when dropping URLs on the Body field), but I was thwarted when I tried it on the Plugins panel and had to use the textarea to house the URL instead – as you’ve done here with the input box. Guess the web controls aren’t set up to handle URLs properly yet without assistance.

One tweak you might like to make for those of us with tempdir paths that don’t end with a trailing slash:

rtrim($tempdir, DS).DS.md5($name).'.tmp';

Just a thought to avoid ugly ass errors from appearing.

I wonder if we could consider something along these lines for a core addition if we could somehow make it nice and unobtrusive as part of the regular upload widget in 4.9. Same for Files. Maybe a Browse button that you can toggle for an Upload URL control or something and it remembers which one you used for next time? That’d be sweeeeet.


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#5 2021-02-19 12:58:25

etc
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Re: importing files into textpattern from a url within a plugin

I have updated the code to enable multiple imports (one URL per line).

Bloke wrote #328973:

it doesn’t play nicely with smd_thumbnail for some reason

Please re-try with the latest 4.8.5. A possible reason is that thumbnail class was not included in this stage… because it was include later in core. Now it is include_once everywhere.

Guess the web controls aren’t set up to handle URLs properly yet without assistance.

<input type="file" /> is a tough one, we’d have to fake it.

rtrim($tempdir, DS).DS.md5($name).'.tmp';...

Done, thanks!

I wonder if we could consider something along these lines for a core addition if we could somehow make it nice and unobtrusive as part of the regular upload widget in 4.9. Same for Files. Maybe a Browse button that you can toggle for an Upload URL control or something and it remembers which one you used for next time? That’d be sweeeeet.

There were some vague plans to switch to Uppy or other advanced file uploader in 4.9, we will see then.

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#6 2021-02-19 13:14:30

Bloke
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Re: importing files into textpattern from a url within a plugin

etc wrote #328974:

I have updated the code to enable multiple imports (one URL per line).

Niiice!

Please re-try with the latest 4.8.5. Now [class.thumb] is include_once everywhere.

Yep, that fixed it, thank you.

There were some vague plans to switch to Uppy or other advanced file uploader in 4.9…

Ah yes. Let’s see what’s possible.


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#7 2021-02-19 13:36:28

jakob
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Re: importing files into textpattern from a url within a plugin

👍👍👍 You two are just a goldmine of goodies! 👍👍👍


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#8 2021-02-20 00:30:58

saccade
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From: Neubeuern, Germany
Registered: 2004-11-05
Posts: 517

Re: importing files into textpattern from a url within a plugin

wow, great guys! Such a huge response!
Unfortunately I have been busy with other demands, so I now need some sleep, and will check your solutions tomorrow. But it’s a good feeling to have you around.

some notes:
I don’t have direct access to the other (event) database – only an XML-query, which delivers an url to the image.
The XML I import automatically into textpattern, generating articles from every event in the XML, and I would like to have the images natively in textpattern as well, because textpattern will be the permanent place for information. (in the event database all information will be deleted after an event, which of course is not very clever, but cannot be changed).
An because I am not the person who will take care for the data and the persons which will do not have time and skill to transfer the images themselves I would love to get this implemented on an automatic base.

again, thank you …. maybe it’s not time to sleep now, but instead look and test ;)

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#9 2021-02-20 01:12:40

saccade
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From: Neubeuern, Germany
Registered: 2004-11-05
Posts: 517

Re: importing files into textpattern from a url within a plugin

this is great!

the additional definition field is a great improvement imho!

tomorrow I’ll check how to integrate it in my import code.

I imagine some function which will take the url of the image, an attribute to create a thumbnail (with my standard dimensions) or a second url which points to an existing thumbnail as well (in fact I have both in the XML, image and thumbnail-urls), and then import those things into txp.

just wandering thoughts: wouldn’t it be named comprehensible: e.g. “fetch”?

because it fetches what I appoint? (ok, I have my doggies in mind :) )

fetch_image
and
fetch_file?

Thanks again!

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#10 2021-02-20 18:30:49

etc
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Re: importing files into textpattern from a url within a plugin

saccade wrote #328982:

tomorrow I’ll check how to integrate it in my import code.

Not sure for your case, but this has given me an idea of a tiny public-side posting plugin: etc_post. For example, if both etc_post and etc_import are installed, a logged-in user could import an image by visiting a page containing the following tag:

<txp:etc_post event="image" step="image_list">
import="https://dev-demo.textpattern.co/dev/images/10.jpg"
</txp:etc_post>

You should wrap it in some conditional tag to avoid accidental posting. You can also post articles and other admin stuff from the public side, yield if interested.

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