I've been having problems getting the first_page and last_page pagination links to work correctly. I then spotted a user comment in the docs that said they only appear if there's four or more pages (though I hoped this just applied to the auto-generated pagination_links variable). I'm trying to output them at all times and thought the pagination variables would give me that flexibility.

I've inserted my code below - can anyone see if I'm doing anything wrong here? Or is there another way to be going about this? Or is it by design or a bug that the first_page and last_page only work when there's four or more pages? The links do indeed work when there's 4 or more pages.

    <div class="search-pagination">
        <li class="first"><a href="{first_page}{pagination_url}{/first_page}">First</a></li>
        <li class="prev"><a href="{previous_page}{pagination_url}{/previous_page}">Previous</a></li>
        <li class="page-info">Page {current_page} of {total_pages}</li>
        <li class="next"><a href="{next_page}{pagination_url}{/next_page}">Next</a></li>
        <li class="last"><a href="{last_page}{pagination_url}{/last_page}">Last</a></li>

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Try a conditional like this:

{if next_page}

If that doesn't work, you'd need to hack the \system\expressionengine\libraries\EE_Pagination.php file.

Or take a look at some of the pagination addons on Devot-EE.

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    The problem is that the code itself for first_page and last_page generates nothing unless there's at least four pages, so even if you stick it within conditionals, it outputs nothing within them. I'm classing this as a bug, and a hang-over from the pagination_links single variable behaviour. I've filed a bug report here: support.ellislab.com/bugs/detail/19221 Think the pagination add-ons is the way to go for now, thanks.
    – Stephen
    Feb 19, 2013 at 18:32

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