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Create belongs_many_many relation on self

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Community Member, 176 Posts

29 July 2010 at 3:31am

I've been trying to create a $many_many / $belongs_many_many relation with self. I've come across several use cases for this, e.g. setting groups of related pages so I can add 'See also links' to pages, Properties that can be booked together etc.

I've gotten a has_many relation to work on self, but I would like the relation to be maintained on both ends. That is, if I set the checkbox on Page A that it is related to Page B, the checkbox for Page A should be automatically set for Page B (Just as it would work with other $belongs_many_many relations).

I've tried the code below (based on tutorial 5) where I want to set which modules are related (e.g. i18n and Translatable). My code only maintains the relation in one direction, the other side isn't maintained.

Is there a way of achieving a bi-directional relation?


class Module extends Page {

	static $db = array(
		'Name' => 'Text'

	static $many_many = array(
		'RelatedModules' => __CLASS__

	static $belongs_many_many = array(
		'Projects' => 'Project',
		'Modules' => __CLASS__

	function getCMSFields() {
		$fields = parent::getCMSFields();

		$fields->addFieldToTab( 'Root.Content.Main', new TextField( 'Title', 'Title' ) );

		$tablefield = new ManyManyComplexTableField(
				'Title' => 'Title',
		$tablefield->setAddTitle( 'A Module' );

		$fields->addFieldToTab( 'Root.Content.RelatedModules', $tablefield );

		return $fields;

	function getCMSFields_forPopup() {
		$fields = new FieldSet();
		$fields->push( new TextField( 'Name' ) );
		$fields->push( new ManyManyComplexTableField($this, 'RelatedModules', "Module", array('Title' => 'Title')));
		return $fields;