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Import CSV in EZP 3.9 : Missing doc

Import CSV in EZP 3.9 : Missing doc

Friday 22 December 2006 1:06:26 pm - 32 replies

EZP is great...but lack documentation...in fact you should put exemples in your doc instead of theorical principles.

After some work here is the correct syntax to use : /bin/php/ezcsvimport.php

This script is great and saved my life...and a lot of hours :p

Here is the synthax for the script call : Importing product under node_id 80

php -C ./bin/php/ezcsvimport.php -v --siteaccess=mysite -l myuser -p mypasswd  -d --class=product --creator=14 --storage-dir='media/images' 80 absolute_path_to_csv

Here is the syntax of the csv file i use for importing my products (87-88 is a relationlist datatype to images object_id and last value is the price)

Blind;PE06B;POXLK;0;POWELL CREAM;'Description of my product';87-86;BLK;XL;1;7,00|1|1

Hope it will help.

Modified on Monday 25 December 2006 5:12:06 pm by H-Works Agency

Monday 25 December 2006 5:13:17 pm

How to import a ezxml datatype attribute ?

I tried a lot of different syntax but doesn't work.

Second thing is : What is the aim of the 'storage-dir' argument ?


Tuesday 26 December 2006 9:29:59 am

Hi Martin

You need to use the XML format as it will be stored in the data_text database field. First try to create an object with the desired content manually, then lookup the value in the database in order to have an example.

The storage-dir option is prepended to the relative file path of ezmedia, ezimage and ezbinaryfile attributes. You can for example make absolute paths by using it.

Monday 29 January 2007 11:18:36 am


I'm looking for a similar solution in order to import sql data in my ezpublish site.

I have the following structure :

Artist (artiste_id, name)
Album (album_id, name, year, #artiste_id)
Song (song_id, title, text, #album_id)

It's a very simple schema, and I would like to import this data in my ezpublish tree by automatically create :

1 Artiste class (container) instance by artist
1 Album class (container) instance by album and place them in her artist
1 Song class instance by song and place them in her album.

So I need your help because I don't know how to make link between artists, albums ans songs.

Thanks in advance !

Modified on Monday 29 January 2007 11:19:14 am by Sébastien Antoniotti

Monday 29 January 2007 1:26:25 pm


When we have multiple relations, we uses the xml import.

For the relation, the problem is to make the link between the external relation and the internal object id. I doubt there is a universal solution, and we modify the import script (not a big deal, but needs to know php...


Monday 29 January 2007 1:40:37 pm


So I have to install the xml import contribution and custom it.

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Monday 29 January 2007 2:05:00 pm

another extension you can use is

this is a framework to import any kind of data to ez.
But you have to write php code to use it.

Some Features:
- create contentobjects of any classes with attributes e.g. images, objectrelation, objectrelationlist, text ...
- you can create object or update it ( create new versions ) if your import script run more than one times

Have a look to the example.

Best Regards
Felix Woldt

Monday 29 January 2007 4:00:25 pm


Thanks for this tip, but how can I download this contrib ?

Monday 29 January 2007 4:49:53 pm

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Modified on Monday 29 January 2007 4:56:09 pm by // kracker

Monday 29 January 2007 5:15:50 pm

Thanks, I don't know subversion at all !

Modified on Monday 29 January 2007 5:16:19 pm by Sébastien Antoniotti

Monday 29 January 2007 11:55:47 pm

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I have shared with you, links to the best documentation and teaching information available.

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Modified on Monday 29 January 2007 11:56:41 pm by // kracker

Tuesday 30 January 2007 12:24:51 am

Here's also some subversion documentation the eZ crew have made:

Tuesday 30 January 2007 9:24:54 am

Thanks for your help, I'm downloading tortoise blunk.gif Emoticon

Tuesday 30 January 2007 1:33:35 pm

The import script in the 3.9 install uses toString() or fromString() for export & import.

Those function are only available from 3.9+ so if you are in 3.8 my syntax won't apply.

You could use the import csv function but possible datatypes are limited.

Wednesday 07 February 2007 6:31:15 pm

I'm using the ezcsvimport.php script to import almost all kind of data with sucess, including product prices. I'm only having problems when I try to import data wich should be stored at a ezuser datatype.

I checked the toString and fromString documentation [1] and it seams that to import to a ezuser datatype you should have at the .csv file a field with the following configuration:

login|email|password hash|password hash type

I'm generating the password hash with md5 and I'm using the password hash type equal to 1.

When I import the data everything gets imported except the ezuser data. I'm I doing something wrong?

[1] http://pubsvn.ez.no/nextgen/trunk...om_string_datatype_functionality.txt

Modified on Wednesday 07 February 2007 6:32:34 pm by Rodrigo Pinheiro

Wednesday 07 February 2007 8:29:20 pm

I didn't try to import user data but i don't think the password hash is a md5...its has to be confirmed. And maybe you should try other password types.

Sorry for the poor help.


Thursday 08 February 2007 7:41:18 pm

I've managed to import the users by modifying the script.

    $attributes =& $contentObject->contentObjectAttributes();

    while ( list( $key, $attribute ) = each( $attributes ) )
        $dataString = $objectData[$key];
        switch ( $datatypeString = $attribute->attribute( 'data_type_string' ) )
            case 'ezimage':
            case 'ezbinaryfile':
            case 'ezmedia':
                $dataString = $storageDir . $dataString;
            case 'ezprice':
                $dataString = $dataString . '|1|0';
            case 'ezuser':
                $userAccountObject = eZUser::fetch($attribute->ContentObjectID);
                $username = 'client' . $objectData[0];
                $email = $objectData[7];
                $password = eZUser::createPassword(6, 0);
                $confirmPassword = $password;
                $password_hash = md5( "$username\n$password" );

                $userAccountObject->setInformation($contentObject->attribute('id' ), $username, $email, $password, $confirmPassword);
        $attribute->fromString( $dataString );


What I'm doing above is getting the internal client number and email so I can generate a username + password to store at a ezuser datatype. It works, but it imports the .csv very slowly.

Friday 09 February 2007 12:15:02 pm


Precedently I wrote this :

I have the following structure :

Artist (artiste_id, name)
Album (album_id, name, year, #artiste_id)
Song (song_id, title, text, #album_id)

It's a very simple schema, and I would like to import this data in my ezpublish tree by automatically create :

1 Artiste class (container) instance by artist
1 Album class (container) instance by album and place them in her artist
1 Song class instance by song and place them in her album.

And today I haved downloaded the importXML extention, and inspected the importXMLDatafunctioncollection.php.
I understand a little the import procedure with Ez libs, and I would like to write a script that
- make connection to a mysql database
- query all the albums in album_table
- for each album, create an instance of my ezpublish Album class in a parent_node "hard coded"
- query all the songs related to the current album
- for each song create an instance of my ezpublish Song class into the album instance created precedently

So I have to modify the importXMLDatafunctioncollection.php, but before start I would like to know if I can place this script into the ezpublish root directory, and call it by the shell.

I ask you that because I think in my case a module is not necessary (this import will be run a single time).

Thanks in advance !

Friday 09 February 2007 3:07:07 pm

Can you tell me what you think about this ?

include_once ('lib/ezlocale/classes/ezdate.php');
include_once ('lib/ezutils/classes/ezoperationhandler.php');

eZINI::setIsDebugEnabled( true );

/* ############## Fonction qui ajoute un album dans un artiste  ################## */

function ajouterAlbum( $titre, $annee, $remove, $idArtisteParent)
	// identifiant de la classe album
	$identifiantClasse = "10";
	$class =& eZContentClass::fetchByIdentifier( $identifiantClasse );
	// ID du noeud de l'artiste parent de cet album 
	// fetch parent node 
		$node =& eZContentObjectTreeNode::fetch($node_id);
	// set associated object to parent node (folder object) 
	if ( !is_object( $node ) ) {
		eZDebug::writeDebug( "node_id=$node_id doesn't seem to be a valid node id", 'importSQLData' );
		return array( 'result' => array('statut' => "erreur"), 'msg' => "node_id=$node_id doesn't seem to be a valid node id" );  
	$parentContentObject =& $node->attribute( 'object' );
	/* --------- ici mettre mon id d'user en dur ------- */
	// set user = current user 
	$user =& eZUser::currentUser();
	// set user ID 
	$userID =& $user->attribute( 'contentobject_id' );
	// set section ID =  parent object section
	$sectionID = $parentContentObject->attribute( 'section_id' );
	if ($remove) {
		$children =& $node->subTree( array( 'Limitation' => array() ) );
		$deleteIDArray = array();
		foreach ($children as $child) {
			array_push ($deleteIDArray, $child->attribute( 'node_id' ));
		eZContentObjectTreeNode::removeSubtrees( $deleteIDArray, $movetotrash );

	if ( !is_object( $class ) ) {
		eZDebug::writeDebug( "DefaultClassIdentifier=$identifiantClasse doesn't seem to be a valid class identifier", 'importSQLData' );
		return array( 'result' => array('statut' => "erreur"), 'msg' => "DefaultClassIdentifier=$identifiantClasse doesn't seem to be a valid class identifier" );  
	// Crée une instance d'album
	$contentObject =& $class->instantiate( $userID, $sectionID );

	// La ratache à son artiste en créant le noeud
	$nodeAssignment =& eZNodeAssignment::create( array(
			 'contentobject_id' => $contentObject->attribute( 'id' ),
			 'contentobject_version' => $contentObject->attribute( 'current_version' ),
			 'parent_node' => $node->attribute( 'node_id' ),
			 'is_main' => 1 ));

	// Spécifie la version de l'objet
	$contentObjectVersion =& $contentObject->version($contentObject->attribute( 'current_version' ) );
	$contentObjectVersion->setAttribute( 'status', EZ_VERSION_STATUS_DRAFT);

	// Enumere les attributs du nouvel objet (album) pour les renseigner
	$contentObjectAttributes =& $contentObjectVersion->contentObjectAttributes();
	foreach ($contentObjectAttributes as $attribute)
		switch( $identifiantAttribut ) {
			case 'titre':
			case 'annee':
			default :					
	//publish the newly created node
	$operationResult = eZOperationHandler::execute( 'content', 
													'publish', array( 'object_id' => $contentObject->attribute( 'id' ),
													'version' => $contentObject->attribute( 'current_version' ) ) );
	return $nodeAssignment->attribute('id');			

This fonction create an album instance under the parent node id given by parameter.

For the moment I cant test them because first I need to install a test version of ezpublish to avoid a trouble in my website.

So if this fonction is good, did you think that I can execute this script by the unix shell ?

Friday 09 February 2007 3:27:33 pm

It's still me !

I have tried to run my script by "php script.php" and I got this :

Fatal error: Undefined class name 'ezcontentclass' in /var/www/eztest/importSQLData_seb.php on line 21

I think I must include one or many library but I don't know wich...

Friday 09 February 2007 3:29:25 pm

Hi Sébastien,

Include kernel/classes/ezcontentclass.php

a little bit off topic but maybe this one can be useful for you too: http://pubsvn.ez.no/community/trunk/extension/cddb. I'll upload the content classes I use this weekend.

Modified on Friday 09 February 2007 3:49:17 pm by Kristof Coomans


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