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Many to Many relationship issue


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26 September 2011 at 2:45am Community Member, 71 Posts

Hey guys,

So, I've modified an existing SilverStripe site and I'm now suffering a confusing error. Originally, the site would list projects that belonged to the members of the site. These projects were in a one to many relationship, so clients could have multiple projects. However, it now transpires that these projects may have multiple members. Ergo, I had to change the has_one relationship for project members to a has_many relationship. The member object was already being extended using a decorator which looks like this :-

class MemberDecorator extends DataObjectDecorator
   function extraStatics() {
      return array(
         'db'   =>   array(
            'CompanyName'   =>   'Varchar'
         'has_many'   => array(
            'Projects'   =>   'Project'
   public function updateCMSFields(FieldSet $fields) {
      $fields->addFieldToTab('Root.Members', new CheckboxField('RedirectToProjects', 'Redirect to Projects on Login'));

As you can see, the decorator adds the reciprocal has_many relationship for Projects.

Now, when I try to run the application, I get the error "[User Error] Couldn't run query: SELECT ... FROM "Project" WHERE ("ParentID" = '5') Unknown column 'ParentID' in 'where clause'".

What am I doing wrong? All other posts I've seen with this error are due to a missing "has_one" in the child object. I've not seen a many to many example, though both objects have a relationship notifier in the static "has_many" array. Should I be doing something else to enforce this?



26 September 2011 at 7:09am Forum Moderator, 1796 Posts

A Many-Many is not two dataobjects with has_many relationships, instead they are many_many and belongs_many_many.
For an example check the docs...