Disabling block cache

You want to disable block cache?

You can do it in layout.xml, cms block/page layout update, etc.

<action method="setCacheLifetime"></action>

More about this in Fabrizio Branca's blog

Thanks to sr_aromicon for the link!

Review Magento Updates

This blogpost is of the kind: I don't want to forget that this exists, therefore I hope it helps you, but it's mine. :o)

Magento updates are pain, because of the damn fcking cockspl*t @copyright header.

Thanks to Franklin P Strube there is a solution for this:

  • Copy your new magento version over the old one.

  • Run the command:

      git diff -G '@copyright.*[Cc]opyright' --name-only | xargs -I {} sh -c 'FILE={} ; [ $(git diff -U0 -- $FILE | wc -l | tr -d " " | cut -f1-) -eq 7 ] && git add $FILE'

Then most of the files which contain the copyright header are staged. Unforunately when I'm reading the command correctly, the whole file is staged, not only the line. Maybe only the files are added where ONLY the copyright header is changed. Please try.

There is a second answer from Luke H which might help too. I don't understand a word of these commands, so no description.

YAMB: Creditmemo with shippingInclTax > 0 and shippingAmount = 0

I think I just found yet another Magento Bug (YAMB).

I'm working on credit memos and want to add tax to adjustments (I hope I'll write a blog post about this soon - please remind me if you are interested).

I had the problem, that in \Mage_Sales_Model_Order_Creditmemo_Total_Shipping::collect the shippingAmount was 0 (as expected) but the shippingIncludingTax is the complete shipping amount (and is printed on our credit memos).

The problem ends here right before the end of the method.


I think the bug is the following problem. In the beginning all shipping values are initialized with the values from the order:

$shipping               = $order->getShippingAmount();
$baseShipping           = $order->getBaseShippingAmount();
$shippingInclTax        = $order->getShippingInclTax();
$baseShippingInclTax    = $order->getBaseShippingInclTax();

Due to the fact, that we do it through the backend, the following comment helps us. In the beginning I ignored the comment, and assumed that the baseShippingAmount is 0 and therefore the if shouldn't be entered.

$isShippingInclTax = Mage::getSingleton('tax/config')->displaySalesShippingInclTax($order->getStoreId());

 * Check if shipping amount was specified (from invoice or another source).
 * Using has magic method to allow setting 0 as shipping amount.
if ($creditmemo->hasBaseShippingAmount()) {
    $baseShippingAmount = Mage::app()->getStore()->roundPrice($creditmemo->getBaseShippingAmount());
    if ($isShippingInclTax && $baseShippingInclTax != 0) {
        $part = $baseShippingAmount/$baseShippingInclTax;
        $shippingInclTax    = Mage::app()->getStore()->roundPrice($shippingInclTax*$part);
        $baseShippingInclTax= $baseShippingAmount;
        $baseShippingAmount = Mage::app()->getStore()->roundPrice($baseShipping*$part);

What happens here? We get the current setting for displaySalesShippingInclTax, which should be including tax (but was excluding tax in my case).

So, if the tax setting is "wrong" (excluding tax), we don't enter the if block.

If we enter it, the part of the shipping would be calculated which is refunded (0) and everything is updated. But when the if block is not entered, the shippingInclTax is not updated and therefore the value of shippingInclTax is not consistent with shippingAmount

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Import from cli/cronjob

Back in the days Vinai Kopp gave a talk about ImportExport module.

In the talk is a code snippet which helps to run importExport from CLI or as a cronjob. Unfortunately it is a screenshot and I typed the snippet already a couple of times. Time to make sure it is copy pastable:


require 'html/app/Mage.php';


/** @var $import Mage_ImportExport_Model_Import */
$import = Mage::getModel('importexport/import');
$file = './import.csv';

if (!$file || !file_exists($file)) {
    echo 'File does not exist.';

$validationResult = $import->validateSource($file);

if ($import->getProcessedRowsCount() <= 0 || !$validationResult) {
        'File %s contains %s corrupt records (from a total of %s)',
    foreach ($import->getErrors() as $type => $lines) {
        $lines = implode(', ', $lines);
        printf("\n:::: $type :::: \nIn Line(s) $lines \n");


Grid Loader doesn't hide after request finished

I had today the problem, that the loader doesn't hide after a a ajax response is loaded:

My problem is the following error:

"TypeError: Cannot read property 'down' of null
    at Object.bindFieldsChange (http://demo.dev/js/mage/adminhtml/grid.js:280:63)
    at Object.initGrid (http://demo.dev/js/mage/adminhtml/grid.js:80:14)
    at Object.initGridAjax (http://demo.dev/js/mage/adminhtml/grid.js:93:14)
    at http://demo.dev/js/prototype/prototype.js:391:23
    at klass.respondToReadyState (http://demo.dev/js/mage/adminhtml/loader.js:95:68)
    at klass.onStateChange (http://demo.dev/js/prototype/prototype.js:1545:12)
    at XMLHttpRequest.<anonymous> (http://demo.dev/js/prototype/prototype.js:391:23)"

We can't see the error, because magento is catching it and doesn't show it to us.

For debugging purposes we can change the js/mage/adminhtml/grid.js to add this:

    // line 174
    onException: function (response, exception) {

so it looks afterwards like this:

reload : function(url){
    if (!this.reloadParams) {
        this.reloadParams = {form_key: FORM_KEY};
    else {
        this.reloadParams.form_key = FORM_KEY;
    url = url || this.url;
        new Ajax.Request(url + (url.match(new RegExp('\\?')) ? '&ajax=true' : '?ajax=true' ), {
            loaderArea: this.containerId,
            parameters: this.reloadParams || {},
            evalScripts: true,
            onException: function (a,b,c,d,e) {


In my case the problem is a missing ID on the grid

class My_Module_Block_Adminhtml_Tab_Grid
    extends Mage_Adminhtml_Block_Widget_Grid
    implements Mage_Adminhtml_Block_Widget_Tab_Interface
    public function __construct()
        $this->setId('transactionMailFilesGrid'); // <-- this was missing