When building forms, the form_state['build_info']['files'] should contain all files that should be included for the form to work when it is cached.

When presently your try to execute a cached a block configuration form with a sub-module, such as menu_block, enabled, you will get the error 'Fatal error: Call to undefined function menu_block_configure_form_follow_validate() in /home/adrupal/www/includes/form.inc on line 1389'. I found that this was because menu_block defines its form builder and validators in the include file 'menu_block.admin.inc', which is logical and a good thing from the performance viewpoint. However, it does so by including it on-the-fly, as follows:

function menu_block_block_configure($delta = '') {
  module_load_include('inc', 'menu_block', 'menu_block.admin');
  return _menu_block_block_configure($delta);

I first thought this would be a bug in menu_block but the problem lies in block.module. It should provide a form_state, so that menu_block can add menu_block.admin.inc to form_state['build_info']['files']. Then, the error message won't appear when caching the form.

The solution is simple: extend the hook with a form state parameter.

 * Define a configuration form for a block.
 * @param $delta
 *   Which block is being configured. This is a unique identifier for the block
 *   within the module, defined in hook_block_info().
 * @param $form_state
 *   The form state of the form that the settings will be included in. You may
 *   have to use this, for example, when you use a include file. 
 * @return
 *   A configuration form, if one is needed for your block beyond the standard
 *   elements that the block module provides (block title, visibility, etc.).
 * For a detailed usage example, see block_example.module.
 * @see hook_block_info()
 * @see hook_block_save()
function hook_block_configure($delta = '', &$form_state) {
  // This example comes from node.module.
  $form = array();
  if ($delta == 'recent') {
    $form['node_recent_block_count'] = array(
      '#type' => 'select',
      '#title' => t('Number of recent content items to display'),
      '#default_value' => variable_get('node_recent_block_count', 10),
      '#options' => drupal_map_assoc(array(2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 30)),
  return $form;
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benjy’s picture

Is this still an issue?

The code around block and menu has vastly changed since this report.

bvanmeurs’s picture

Category: bug » feature
Priority: Normal » Minor

This is still an issue, as hook_block_configure does not have a form_state as the parameter. Because of this, it is still not possible to use include files in hook_block_configure.

However, I think this is more a feature request than a bug. It causes a bug when you try to implement the hook using an include file, as menu_block does, but is not a bug in itself.

That's why I change the status. The priority is minor as cached forms are not frequently used in practice.

swentel’s picture

Version: 8.x-dev » 7.x-dev

It's not relevant anymore though for D8 - blocks are now plugins and completely different (and the configure method passes by ref too btw)

swentel’s picture

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joelpittet’s picture

Priority: Minor » Normal
Status: Active » Needs review
1.5 KB

How about this? Would help us use form_load_include(). So that the callbacks could be outside the module.

function menu_block_block_configure($delta = '') {
  form_load_include('inc', 'menu_block', 'menu_block.admin');

  form_load_include($form_state, 'inc', 'menu_block', 'menu_block.admin');

Status: Needs review » Needs work

The last submitted patch, 4: 1596244-4.patch, failed testing. View results
- codesniffer_fixes.patch Interdiff of automated coding standards fixes only.

joelpittet’s picture

Status: Needs work » Needs review

Fluke fail

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