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Setting post_data value to an array

  1. Hi Guys,
    I'm sure I'm doing this wrong, but I'm stuck.

    I'm using pre_submission_filter to change the value of a hidden field to an array.

    $time = array( 'hours' => 2);
    $post_data['post_custom_fields']['_DURATION'] = $time;

    The problem is if I don't serialize the $time then _DURATION is set to 2 (the value of the first key in $time). If I do serialize $time then _DURATION is set to s:26;"a:1:{5:"hours;s:1"2";}"; (a serialized string of my serialized array :)

    Like I said, I'm sure I'm doing something really really wrong here, but I'm going mad trying to figure this one out.

    Can anyone help?

    Posted 11 years ago on Friday February 15, 2013 | Permalink
  2. Sounds like you want to store the array literally in a custom field called _DURATION. What should that value look like in the post_meta table? (do you have examples of values already stored there correctly?) I assume some other plugin or function needs the data in that format to function properly.

    Posted 11 years ago on Monday February 18, 2013 | Permalink
  3. Sorry for the slow response. For some reason I didn't receive an email notification about your posting.

    That is exactly correct. Sorry for the unclear posting earlier. Here's an example of how the value should look:

    Thanks for your help.

    Posted 11 years ago on Tuesday February 19, 2013 | Permalink
  4. Can you share the code you are using where it stores it as a serialized string if your serialized array? Seems like it's probably something small we need to do to make this work.

    Posted 11 years ago on Friday February 22, 2013 | Permalink
  5. Absolutely.

    Also here is the link to the form (not sure if it matters):

    Thanks for your time.

    Posted 11 years ago on Friday February 22, 2013 | Permalink
  6. I never did find out the issue with this.

    I decided to make the call to update_post_meta() myself instead of relying on it happening somewhere else. This worked out just fine for my purposes.


    Posted 11 years ago on Thursday February 28, 2013 | Permalink
  7. Thank you for the update.

    Posted 11 years ago on Monday March 4, 2013 | Permalink

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