I upgraded to Assets 2.1 yesterday and am experiencing a problem when a non-required Assets 2.1 field in a Matrix row is empty. On a single-entry template (limit=“1” and require_entry=“yes” parameters in my exp:channel:entries tag) this situation is causing the {if no_results} conditional to be invoked. Selecting a file for the empty, non-required, Assets field and re-saving the entry fixes the problem.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Matrix 2.5.3 ExpressionEngine 2.5.2 Build 20120606

Here is template code that will trigger the issue:

{exp:channel:entries channel="videos" limit="1" status="open" disable="categories|category_fields|pagination|member_data" require_entry="yes"}{if no_results}{redirect="404"}{/if}<!doctype html>
<html lang="en">
<title>Page Title</title>


{sidebar_videos limit="1"}

<iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/{youtube_video_id}"></iframe>


<h3>All Videos</h3>

<ul id="videothumbs">


<li><a href="/features/videos/{entry_id}/{row_id}" title="{youtube_title}”>{youtube_thumbnail}<img src="{url}" alt="{alt_text}">{/youtube_thumbnail}</a></li>




{sidebar_videos} is my Matrix field, which is not required. {youtube_thumbnail} is the problem Assets field within the Matrix field. The other columns in the Matrix field are:

{youtube_title} (Text/required)

{youtube_video_id} (Text/required)

{youtube_caption} (Wygwam/required)

{youtube_thumbnail} (Assets/not required)

  • Hey jauses - can you post your full template code? I'd like to test this and want to make sure I'm recreating what you've done. Thank you!
    – Lisa
    Apr 10 '13 at 19:50
  • Updated my real answer with the fix for you. :)
    – Lisa
    Apr 12 '13 at 17:41

Edit again! jauses - can you try changing line 1324 in ft.assets.php file from

if (! $data)


if (! $data && $this->var_id)

? That should fix this up for you.

Thank you!

  • I can replicate that problem, too. It’s actually failing even if I limit the output to a single entry that has a populated Assets field. The required_entry parameter seems to be the problem child here. Removing it fixes the problem, although then, of course, the {if no_results} conditional fails.
    – jauses
    Apr 11 '13 at 17:55
  • Yep, it's an interesting one - I have submitted it as a bug for 2.1 Thank you jauses!
    – Lisa
    Apr 11 '13 at 20:10
  • Boom! That did the trick. Thanks so much!
    – jauses
    Apr 13 '13 at 19:15
  • My pleasure, jauses!
    – Lisa
    Apr 15 '13 at 15:38

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