I have just updated to Playa 4.4.3. I read there was bug with Low Variables and Playa, and that it was supposed to be fixed on the new Playa release.

I can't get Playa to work at all.

I've tried many many things. This is my basic code:

{exp:low_variables:pair var="lv_sidebar" multiple="yes"}
  • As a sidenote, the multiple="yes" parameter will do nothing here, as the variable is a Playa variable type. The multiple param is only valid for some of the native variable types.
    – Low
    Commented May 24, 2013 at 11:47

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There is a bit of a bug in Playa that impacts Low Variables:

exp_playa_relationships has parent_var_id field. It's supposed to be either 0 or 1. Low Variables sets it to NULL due to an oversight in our code. The solution was to set the column to 0 for rows, that were not 1.

We'll have a fix for this included in Playa in the future, but for right now, modifying your database that way should fix this. Alternatively, there is a temporary hack you can utilize which doesn't require muddling in the database, and will be overwritten in the fixed version of Playa.

  • I have tried the hack with no luck. I also tried editing the DB
    – SteveO
    Commented May 21, 2013 at 23:32
  • If you want to email [email protected] with some Super Admin and FTP access we should be able to help out on this.
    – Lisa
    Commented May 22, 2013 at 0:06
  • I got it working. I cleared all cache, restarted MAMP, restarted MY Machine, deleted the playa field and recreated one with a new name. Thank you
    – SteveO
    Commented May 23, 2013 at 20:07
  • I'm also having this problem. Can you please be specific about what needs to be done to fix it? Looking at my existing data it looks like parent_var_id is an integer between 1 and 5. Should I change it so the default is 0, if not 1, and start over? I made the code fix you suggested but it did not do anything.
    – user1608
    Commented Jun 5, 2013 at 0:05

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