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Member based $searchable_fields

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Community Member, 165 Posts

24 June 2009 at 7:26am

I have been told that to make $searchable_fields based on members group or permissions I have to use a public function searchableFields() instead of a static $searchable_fields. However I cannot figure out the syntax.

I need one set of searchable fields for one user group and another set for another user group for the same DataObject.

I figured it would be:

public function searchableFields() {

$member = Member::currentUser();

$searchable_fields = array(

if ($member && $member->inGroups(array('office-staff', 'office-managers'))) {
$searchable_fields[] = 'OfficeLocation';

return $searchable_fields;

This code throws the error: Fatal error: Class 'B' not found in ....... sapphire/core/model/DataObject.php on line 1632


Administrator, 690 Posts

24 June 2009 at 1:13pm

If you define a searchableFields() method you need to to a bit of pre-processing yourself. Try returning this instead, as an example.

$searchable_fields = array( 
      'BestNotesID' => array(), 
      'FirstName' => array('title' => 'First name'), 
      'Surname' => array(), 
      'Therapist.FirstName' => array(), 
      'StudentGroup.Name => array()' 


Community Member, 165 Posts

25 June 2009 at 4:53am

Thanks for the help, I got it working. Now I need to make one of the search fields a dropdown instead of a text field. Is there a way to do this? The dropdown would be populated with the names of DataObjects of a particular class.