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This may have been posted before, but i didn't see it. So chances are, some of you won't have either.


I lost ALL my products last week when i deleted an item in my Admin. Thankfully, i had a back up (although a week old) and managed to put everything back.

Yesterday, i was looking through the contributions for something else, and came accross a fix for this happening. The contribution is a text as follows. USE IT


read this first remember to back up!!!! use at own risk.




Fix "delete all products and categories" issue



    Byron Weiss <[email protected]>

    Jan.14.2004 Version v1.0

    (Submitted to contributions on Sep.10.2004)



Please refer to this forum topic:





Problem:  All categories and products are deleted after deleting a category or product.


Cause: This problem was found when the browser's BACK button is used to return to the product list after deleting a product or category. After backing up pages, "categories_id" is set to 0 which is the catalog's root location.


Fix: I wrote a simple check to make sure you can never delete the entire catalog in one action. ($categories_id can never equal 0)



** FILE: catalog/admin/categories.php


** FIND code beginning with...


case 'delete_category_confirm':

      if (isset($HTTP_POST_VARS['categories_id'])) {

        $categories_id = tep_db_prepare_input($HTTP_POST_VARS['categories_id']);



** ADD immediately AFTER with this code...


        // BEGIN Prevent categories_id = 0

        if($categories_id == 0) {

            tep_redirect(tep_href_link(FILENAME_CATEGORIES, 'cPath=' . $cPath . '&cID=' . $categories_id));



        // END Prevent categories_id = 0



** SAVE the file and you are finished!


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there are many warnings about using the back button in the admin area.


so your host does not have / make a backup of the server daily for you? one thing i do for all my people is a triple backup daily, two to tape and one live to another system.


Hmmmm. Added the code and the page won't even load.


Parse error right where the new code begins.

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Are you addressing me or the original post? You quoted my post, but it looks like you are responding to the original post. I myself back up very often out of the sheer fear that I don't know what I am doing, of which there is solid evidence.


Anyway, I just removed the new code and everything is fine. I was just wondering if anyone else had the same result I did when attempting to use this code.


As an aside, I guess the first lesson I will teach my client about the admin tool is to never use the back button.



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