This one's got me.

I'm using Stash to capture a list of entries into a set_list. I want to get this list in two different areas on the page with different categories. If I were simply trying to display 2 different categories, match/against would work. However, what I'm trying to do seems to be a little more complicated. Here's what I want:

  1. In the first get_list, I want to show entries from all but one category.
  2. In the second get_list, I want to show entries from the the single category I excluded in the first list

The exact scenario is that I would like one list to show all articles, and the other list to show only announcements.

Here's what I'm starting off with:

{!-- Articles --}
{exp:stash:set_list name="articles" parse_tags="yes"}

        {!-- Get the category_id so we can match against them --}

So, that gives me my list of all articles. For my second list, it's as simple as using match/against to only show announcments:

{exp:stash:get_list name="articles" match="#^13#" against="category_id"}
        <p><a href="{url}"><i class="ss-icon ss-newspaper"></i> <span class="meta">{date format="%M %d, %Y"}</span> {title}</a></p>

It's the first list where I'm stumped. How do I capture all entries except for those in category 13 without having to make another channel entries call?

I know I could just create 2 separate set_lists with 2 separate channel entry calls. One which has category="not 13" and another with category="13".

I also thought I could wrap 2 set_lists in the {cateogries} tag and, again use show="13" and show="not 13", but I don't see a way to do that without repeating my stash variable setters.

How do I keep this at a single channel entry call and keep it DRY?


romans-8-31-39 pointed out a feature I didn't know existed, which was to NOT match a pattern when filtering a list. That answer is technically correct. When I went to implement that, I realized I'm already using match/against on my first list to match against sticky entries.

Would this be a use case for the stash technique outlined here? I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around the technique.

  • It pains me, but this is where I am until I figure out a better way. pastie.org/9375301
    – jthomas
    Commented Jul 10, 2014 at 20:37
  • I feel like I could use the pattern described here for the first list: github.com/croxton/Stash/wiki/… However, I'm already using match/against to filter on sticky entries in the first list, and I don't know of a way to use multiple columns in match/against.
    – jthomas
    Commented Jul 10, 2014 at 21:05
  • Can you add the match/against from the first list you're using for sticky? Commented Jul 10, 2014 at 21:29
  • {exp:stash:get_list name="articles" match="#^y$#" against="sticky"}
    – jthomas
    Commented Jul 10, 2014 at 21:30
  • Grr. Almost got it working using the "tracking" tecnnique at the bottom of the fitering lists technique, but the catch is that you can't use both tracking and match/against.
    – jthomas
    Commented Jul 10, 2014 at 21:44

1 Answer 1


For the first list I think you're just looking for a regex that does NOT match the category you want to exclude. I haven't tested this, but try the regular expression


So you would end up with:

{exp:stash:get_list name="articles" match="#^(?!13$)#" against="category_id"}

to see if that finds all items in your articles list that are not category 13. (Updated, changed regex after test run.)

  • That does answer my question. I should (and will) clarify, I'm already using the match/against to filter on {sticky}. I think what I need is this: github.com/croxton/Stash/wiki/…
    – jthomas
    Commented Jul 10, 2014 at 21:13

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