We are in the process of upgrading from EE 2.7.3 to 2.8.1 and during testing we have found several variables that are not working or parsing after the upgrade. Specifically, {gmt_comment_date] and {total_comments}. Total comments seems to always return '0' and {gmt_comment_date] doesn't parse, just returning a result like this:

{gmt_comment_date format='%D, %d %M %Y %H:%i:%s %O'}

To test things I created the following code block on my single entry page:

{exp:comment:entries sort="asc" orderby="date" paginate="bottom" channel="tmo_articles" paginate_base="tmo/article"}
    TOTAL COMMENTS: {total_comments} <br/>
    {gmt_comment_date format='%D, %d %M %Y %H:%i:%s %O'}

The results looked like this when I viewed them:

{gmt_comment_date format='%D, %d %M %Y %H:%i:%s %O'}
{gmt_comment_date format='%D, %d %M %Y %H:%i:%s %O'}
{gmt_comment_date format='%D, %d %M %Y %H:%i:%s %O'}

Other variables do seem to work fine. {comment_date} works in the same code without issue. Also If I use {comment} the comments themselves are displayed without issue. I checked the documentation for the Comment module and it still shows all these variables as valid. Does anyone know why just these specific variable aren't parsing properly anymore?

  • What's the full context of the above tag, for instance, is it nested inside any other tags? Jul 10, 2014 at 15:51
  • The {exp:comment:entries} tag pair is not nested in any other tags. It's on it's own. Jul 10, 2014 at 16:04
  • As a workaround I'm able to do this: {comment_date timezone='GMT' format='%D, %d %M %Y %H:%i:%s %O'}, but that doesn't fix {total_comments} not returning a value. Jul 10, 2014 at 17:25
  • Our Comment Module says it's currently version 2.3.2, is that the current one? Jul 10, 2014 at 17:26
  • Yes it is. I'm unsure where to go there, you may have discovered a bug, or there may be some interaction with a third-party extension that is interfering. I'd recommend filing a bug report so our engineers can take a closer look. Jul 11, 2014 at 14:15

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Just closing the loop. I did file a bug report here and it was accepted.

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