Custom metadata file not being loaded


I created a new extension custom/Extension/modules/Accounts/Ext/LayoutDefs/Notes.php

// new sub panel pointing to the new list view fields
$layout_defs['Accounts']['subpanel_setup']['notes'] = array(
    'order' => 5,
    'module' => 'Notes',    
    'subpanel_name' => 'ForHistory',
    'override_subpanel_name' => 'FullDescription',
    'sort_order' => 'desc',
    'sort_by' => 'date_created',
    'title_key' => 'LBL_NOTES_SUBPANEL_TITLE',
    'get_subpanel_data' => 'notes',
    'top_buttons' => array(
        array('widget_class' => 'SubPanelTopButtonQuickCreate'),
        array('widget_class' => 'SubPanelTopSummaryButton'),

This file refers to another custom file FullDescription.php using the ‘override_subpanel_name’ variable.

I placed the FullDescription.php file in “custom/modules/Notes/metadata”, but it isn’t loaded after a Repair and Rebuild.

As far as I know these are the correct locations for the custom files.

Can anyone tell me what I’m doing wrong?

I can’t answer your question, but I can give you the code that works for me in a similar situation. Then you can try to figure it out… :slight_smile:

I have this in custom/Extension/modules/Contacts/Ext/Layoutdefs/contacts_contacts_1_Contacts.php

 // created: 2015-02-17 04:53:59
$layout_defs["Contacts"]["subpanel_setup"]["contacts_contacts_1"] = array (
  'order' => 100,
  'module' => 'Contacts',
  'subpanel_name' => 'contacts_contacts_1',
  'sort_order' => 'asc',
  'sort_by' => 'id',
  'get_subpanel_data' => 'contacts_contacts_1',
  'top_buttons' =>
  array (
    0 =>
    array (
      'widget_class' => 'SubPanelTopButtonQuickCreate',
    1 =>
    array (
      'widget_class' => 'SubPanelTopSelectButton',
      'mode' => 'MultiSelect',

And then I have a file called custom\modules\Contacts\metadata\subpanels\contacts_contacts_1.php
that contains the array with all the fields,

$subpanel_layout['list_fields'] = array (


Notice I don’t use the override_subpanel_name field. I just use ‘subpanel_name’ and then that string gets used as the file name.

Also, watch out for how these things match the database names, I believe contacts_contacts_1 is also the name if the database table, I’m not sure if my code works only because of that coincidence.

In case of doubt, the way I solve this kind of problems is I step through the code with Eclipse to see where it’s looking for files, and what it’s using to chose the filenames.

I hope this helps.

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Thanks, pgr. I’ll give that a try.