I have this code fragment that works in a template when running EE2, but fails when the same template is run under EE3. I can't work out why. Would value any guidance anyone can give about how to fix. The fragment is:

{exp:stash:category_image parse="yes" trim="yes" output="yes"}
    {exp:category_construct:categories entry_id="{what_we_do_item_selector:image_button_switcher:entry_id}"}
        {if construct:level_count == "1"}
            {exp:channel:categories show="{construct:cat_id}" style="linear"}

which sets a value that is retrieved later within the same template using

{exp:stash:get name="category_image"}

It is a bit messy because category:construct cannot limit its output to a single entry using a tag parameter, and it is difficult to retrieve the category_image for a channel entry.

I am aware that the stash tag uses the 'short form' tag - but weirdly if I replace this with the long form tag, the tag fails in both EE2 and EE3.

This suggests I'm doing something that is probably illegitimate, but I cannot see what it is.

Anyhow - if anyone has any ideas about how I can capture the category_image URL more efficiently I'd be pleased to hear.

Thanks in advance for whatever help you can provide.

For clarity, I'm using EE2.11.3 / EE3.4.6 and Stash 3.0.4

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One obvious problem there is that that you are parsing only one layer down when capturing the Stash variable. So you would actually be capturing this:

{exp:channel:categories show="{construct:cat_id}" style="linear"}

Rather than the value of that tag.

Parse deeper by setting a parse_depth when you set the variable:

{exp:stash:category_image parse="yes" trim="yes" output="yes" parse_depth="2"}

Other than that it's possible that another tag in your template is malformed and breaking the parser. Try the above on it's own in a template. Turn on template debugging and look for a line beginning Stash: SET category_image ... to verify that the value you want is being captured.

  • Ahah - helpful. Looks like (if I am reading the logs correctly) that stash is processing the enclosed tags in 'outward' direction - i.e. processing the channel:categories tag first - which fails because the cat_id is at that point unknown. Is there a way to force processing to be 'inward'? - tried adding parse="inward" to the stash tag but this had no effect. Commented Dec 16, 2016 at 11:54
  • Here is the debug output 9.833452 / 21.4MB Calling Tag: {exp:stash:category_image parse="yes" trim="yes" output="yes"} 9.833629 / 21.4MB Stash: processing inner tags 9.833832 / 21.4MB Calling Extension Class/Method: Stash_ext/stash_fetch_template 9.834719 / 21.4MB Nested Plugins in Tag, Parsing Outward First 9.835009 / 21.4MB Calling Tag: {exp:channel:categories show="{construct:cat_id}" style="linear"} 9.847078 / 21.4MB -> Data Returned Commented Dec 16, 2016 at 11:56
  • Got there in the end - added parse="inward" to the category_construct tag and that nailed it. Phew! Commented Dec 16, 2016 at 13:08

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