I have a channel entries tag that displays one entry form the "markets" channel. Within that, I want to display article entries. The "articles"(parent) channel has a relationship field to select which "markets"(child) entry. But, I have other channels that also have a relationship field pointing to "markets" entries. So when I use the code below to display "parents" from a specific channel and field, it works fine. BUT, if that results in 3 entries being returned, the parents_total_results tag doesn't return 3, it returns a higher number. Is there any way to get a number of the entries returned from the parents tag?

{exp:channel:entries channel="markets" disable="categories|member_data|category_fields|pagination" sort="asc" limit="1" dynamic="yes" require_entry="yes"}
        {parents field="articlemarket" channel="articles" limit="3" sort="desc" orderby="date"}

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I'm wondering if it's a bug. As your results total is 8, are there actually 8 parent entries across channels/entries for this particular entry?

Try this code, should pull in all parent titles:

{if parents:count == parents:total_results}
 Total: {parents:total_results}
  • Thanks for sticking with this with me! That code did display the titles of all the entries with a relationship field pointing to the market entry. It's displaying the 4 entries I want to display, as well as 4 more. So I guess this means parents:total_results either has a bug, or that is the expected outcome and it may need to be updated? Mar 15, 2019 at 15:44
  • FML, I figured it out. There is a {parents:total_results} tag outside of the parents tag higher up in the template. It was finding 8 and the the value wasn't changing for the next {parents:total_results} within the parents tag pair. So removed that and things are working ok now. Mar 15, 2019 at 16:06

Mike have you tried removing the field= parameter? you shouldn't really need it unless you're pulling data from multiple relationship fields in the articles channel.

{parents channel="articles" limit="3" sort="desc" orderby="date"}
  • Won't it pull any parent entries that have a relationship field pointed to the market entry though? I thought adding the field parameter prevented that from happening? Mar 13, 2019 at 2:54
  • Hard to guess without knowing the full channel structure, did you try it? Mar 14, 2019 at 10:47
  • If I remove the limit from the parents tag pair, it's returning 4 entries like it is supposed to. But {parents:total_results} is still returning "8". if I remove the field parameter it doesn't seem to affect things one way or the other. Mar 14, 2019 at 15:02

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