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Thanks everyone for a perfect product!

Got a problem during development of a website which has two different templates sharing the same "suboffers_prices" repeater field: the "offer" template and the "order" template. The idea is to take a single repeater item from offer page and to save it as a repeater item to a newly-created order page.

Getting a single repeater is not complicated:

$suboffers_prices = $pages->get("uid={$input->post->suboffers_prices_uid}");

But saving that suboffers_prices to a new order page appeas to be not that easy:

    $newOrder->suboffers_prices = $suboffers_prices;
    $newOrder->save(); //doesn't save the repeater

...another try...

    $newOrder->suboffers_prices = $suboffers_prices;
    $newOrder->suboffers_prices->save(); //in fact saves nothing
    $newOrder->save(); //doesn't save the repeater

...and another...

    //$newOrder->suboffers_prices->of(false); //not callable in this context, PW crashes with error
    $newOrder->suboffers_prices = $suboffers_prices;
    $newOrder->suboffers_prices->save(); //again saves nothing
    $newOrder->save(); //again no repeater saved

Tried some other approaches, still no result. Would like to get any advice on the best practice for saving a single repeater item to another page. Thanks in advance!

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Not certain, but I think you may need to iterate through each of the repeater items subfields, adding them to the new repeater item.

Also, take a look at this: 

In a hurry, so not sure if you are perhaps following that correctly or not.



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OK, have some hours spent to resolve the problem. Conclusions:

  1. It's possible to clone a repeater item using API,..
  2. ...but it's a delicate procedure which can be performed in the only correct way. Trying to use alternative approaches may even corrupt your database (thanks again to the PW creators for making a very simple and straightforward DB structure which can easily be healed if corrupted!)
  3. My way to clone the repeater item from one page to another:
    //Creating a new page which will hold the repeater clone
    $newPage= new Page();
    $newPage->template = 'my_template_with_repeater_field';
    //Setting some more fields skipped
    //Getting the original repeater item
    $repeaterItem = $pages->get("some_selector=$some_value");
    //Saving the page before cloning the repeater -- it's very important!
    //OK let's clone that repeater item now!
    $repeaterItemClone = $newPage->repeater_field->getNew(); //the repeater clone is already created and saved to the database
    //Cloning the repeater fields
    $repeaterItemClone->field1 = $repeaterItem->field1;
    $repeaterItemClone->field2 = $repeaterItem->field2;
    //Cloning some more fields skipped
    //Saving the modified clone


  4. Maybe it could be useful to create a PW module for cloning repeater items.

Hope this will be useful to someone ;)


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4 hours ago, theoretic said:

//Cloning the repeater fields $repeaterItemClone->field1 = $repeaterItem->field1; $repeaterItemClone->field2 = $repeaterItem->field2; //Cloning some more fields skipped

So rather than specifying each field, this is why I suggested looping through them.


4 hours ago, theoretic said:

Maybe it could be useful to create a PW module for cloning repeater items.

This seems like a perfect idea for an action for the AdminActions module (https://processwire.com/talk/topic/14921-admin-actions/) action. Are you interested in putting one together, or would you like me to?

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Thanks adrian! Another great idea from You! It seems You know Your module much better than me, so You'll be faster to add one more action. However i can try to do it in a couple of days.

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@theoretic - I have added it as a new action in my module. However I am not sure it will really help with your current need - it provides a GUI for copying/overwriting repeater items from one page to another. Hopefully it might be useful for you in other circumstances though.

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@theoretic - I just posted an update to the new action - it now allows you to define a selector to limit to the matching repeater items, so you could theoretically now use the action via the API, but probably no point now that you have your code working.

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