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Can you know if a page was cloned in a Pages:saveReady hook?


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Exactly as the title says: can you know if a page was cloned in a Pages:saveReady hook? I know there is Pages::cloned but can't work out how to do something in cloned that is available in saveReady. I tried useing sessions but it didn't seem to work.

So this would be a one-time thing per page. I.e. after the initial save it is no longer regarded as a cloned page.

Does that make sense? Is there an easy way to do this?


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Thanks for your reply.

Weird, I replied last night and the reply has gone. Must not have submitted properly. 🤨

I had a hook that was preventing pages that were pointed to via a Page Reference field from being unpublished. It worked fine but when you cloned a page it seems to flag a false positive and was regarded by the system as being linked to from every page.

Anyway, I have since found a very simple fix: simply check when the page was created. If less than a few seconds old don't run the hook. This seems to work but I will test more thoroughly.

$secondsAgoCreated = time() - $page->created;

// Check it's older than 3 seconds; if a clone secondsAgoCreated seems to be 1
if ($secondsAgoCreated > 3) {

	// Run the hook



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There is a hook Pages::cloned

$this->addHookAfter('Pages::cloned', $this, 'pageCloned')

and you can interact with the cloned page:

   * @param HookEvent $event
   * Method to change the status of a cloned page
  public function pageCloned(HookEvent $event)
    // $return = $event->return;
    $page = $event->arguments(0);
    $clone = $event->arguments(1);
    $clone->modified = date("Y-m-d H:i:s");
    $clone->created_users_id = $this->user->id;
    $clone->save(array('quiet' => true));


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