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Checking for a dataobject that exists

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1 November 2009 at 7:23am Community Member, 153 Posts

Does anybody have any idea of how I can check whether or not a dataobject already exists? I'm just looking for an if statement that I can use before making my dataobject that I want to create.



1 November 2009 at 10:58am Community Member, 244 Posts



2 November 2009 at 11:57am Community Member, 153 Posts

Thanks for the reply,

I'm actually creating a group on the fly each time I create a page. The group is named by the title of the page so what I would like to do is check that there is not already a group of the same name.

This is the if statement I am using but it doesn't seem to be working for me:

   if(DataObject::get_one('Group') != $this->Title)

I'm sure it's just a sytax problem but I can't seem to figure it out


2 November 2009 at 12:32pm Forum Moderator, 5511 Posts

DataObject::get_one() returns the whole object so that comparison won't work. You can however add it as a where cause in the statement

if(DataObject::get_one('Group', "Title != '$this->Title'"))


2 November 2009 at 1:19pm Community Member, 153 Posts

Thanks willr,

I've tried your suggestion but it seems that this check still is not working, the security group is still being duplicated.

To give you a better idea I have posted the code from my page class here:

   static $has_written = false;

   function onBeforeWrite(){

   if(DataObject::get_one('Group', "Title != '$this->Title'")){
            $group = new Group();
            $group->Title = $this->Title;
      self::$has_written = true;


2 November 2009 at 1:49pm Forum Moderator, 5511 Posts

Well think about what thats saying. Thats saying if there is not a Group without the Title 'Title'. Which will mean it won't work if you have any other group.

Try something like

if(!DataObject::get_one('Group', "Title = '$this->Title'"))


2 November 2009 at 2:30pm Community Member, 153 Posts

Ah you're the man!

Yes that's it, works like a dream. One more question though related to this, when creating a new page I'm getting a security group being created for 'New Page'. Is there anyway to avoid this happening? I'm not quite sure why this is happening in the first place.

Otherwise works like a charm now though

Thanks again


2 November 2009 at 2:57pm Forum Moderator, 5511 Posts

if($this->Title != "New Page" && !DataObject::get_one('Group', "Title != '$this->Title'")) {

Or is that just too hacky :D

I'm not quite sure why this is happening in the first place.

When you create a page it writes a copy of it (even before you have added any data) to ensure that the page ID exists, allowing you to add things like relationships without saving the page before hand.

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