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"Orphan" pages in SiteTree


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5 May 2009 at 1:46pm (Last edited: 5 May 2009 2:30pm), Community Member, 604 Posts

Hi all,

I had an issue where a page I was creating for a site was appending "-12" to the URL even if I removed it manually. I knew this meant there was a conflicting URL in the system.

I checked it out in the SiteTree table and found the conflicting page. I got it's Parent number in an attempt to find out where it was and found that the Parent ID did not exist in either SiteTree or SiteTree_Live.

So I wrote a little script to check this out by getting all the pages from SiteTree and check that their ParentID exists in turn (except for ParentID of 0). I found litteraly dozens of "Orphan" pages in the system.

So a few questions:
1. Anyone know how something like this happens?
2. Is there a /dev/build function or the likes for cleaning this up?
3. If no to 2., is there any reason why I shouldn't use this script to remove this orphans. e.g. Could their parents be in another table perhaps?



5 May 2009 at 2:31pm Community Member, 70 Posts

Hmm, I'm going to have to do an orphan pages report for a client soon, so I'm interested in the topic.

It isn't anything to do with page histories/revisions is it?


5 May 2009 at 2:57pm (Last edited: 5 May 2009 2:57pm), Community Member, 604 Posts

Don't think so.

I find these pages in SiteTree, and they don't appear to have 'real' parents in SiteTree, SiteTree_Live or SiteTree_versions.

I've attached the code I used to clean a test copy of the site in question. All seems well so far. Just basic Run of the mill PHP in there. Couldn't be knackered working Sapphire into this.



5 May 2009 at 3:15pm Community Member, 70 Posts


I will update this thread with my code if the client goes ahead with getting the report.....