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Scaffolded search form shows only one field

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Community Member, 82 Posts

7 November 2009 at 1:19am

Hi folks,

at the moment I'm working on some portal and encountered a problem with scaffolded search forms. I'm using a code example from the wiki to create a search form in my application.
Everything works fine, except the fact that I only get one field for the search. As far as I understood the magic, there should be one search field per defined (whitelist) field in my getCustomSearchField() method.
I did some debug on the $fields with Debug::dump() which showed me a larger object structure where I could only find the "title" and some recursions, but not the other defined fields.
I double-checked my database declarations in the model and all fields are there, icluding the correct data types.

Any ideas?


	public function getCustomSearchContext()
		$fields = $this->scaffoldSearchFields( array(
						'restrictFields' => array(

		$filters = array(
					'Title' => new PartialMatchFilter( 'Title' ),
					'Content' => new PartialMatchFilter( 'Content' ),
					'Instrument' => new ExactMatchFilter( 'Instrument' ),
					'Plz' => new PartialMatchFilter( 'Plz' ),
					'Location' => new ExactMatchFilter( 'Location' ),
					'Ambition' => new ExactMatchFilter( 'Ambition' ),
					'ExpiryDate' => new LessThanFilter( 'ExpiryDate' ),

		return new SearchContext(


Community Member, 42 Posts

7 November 2009 at 7:28am

I just came across this problem yesterday. You have to declare the searchable fields first in your controller. (At least, that's what worked for me-- someone else may offer a cleaner explanation):

static $searchable_fields = array(
   'Title' => 'PartialMatchFilter',
   'Content' => 'PartialMatchFilter',
   'Instrument' => 'ExactMatchFilter',
   'Plz' => 'PartialMatchFilter',
   'Location' => 'PartialMatchFilter',

(etc., etc...)

Does this help?


Community Member, 82 Posts

7 November 2009 at 9:21pm

Edited: 09/11/2009 10:18pm

Hi AlaVive,

it worked! I tested it with the additional $searchable_fields array - that did the trick.
So I will comment on the tutorial mentioned above, that the definition of searchable fields is needed (SS 2.3.3).
Thank you :-)