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New Post 6/21/2011 5:16 PM
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Implementing cross module search fields in SugarCRM 
Modified By Walker  on 6/21/2011 5:16:53 PM)

Sometimes it is necesarry to be able to search a related field in another modules data from the search field for a module.

To implement this you need to know the underlying database structure and edit two files in the module.

First you have to edit the metadata/searchdefs.php file to add an entry for the field that you wish to search.  You can add it to the basic search or advanced search section.  In my example here I wanted to add the ability to search line items in a quote:

array('name'=>'line_items', 'label'=>'Line Items', 'type'=>'name', 'default'=>true),

Then you need to edit the metadata/SearchFields.php file to add the query:

'line_items'=> array('query_type'=>'default', 'operator'=>'innerjoin','innerjoin'=>'INNER JOIN aos_products_quotes ON ( AND aos_products_quotes.description LIKE', 'db_field'=>array('id',),),

There are two choices of operator here - innerjoin and subquery.  In almost all cases use innerjoin as mysql does not handle subqueries well.

Finally go into studio and open up either the basic or advanced search layout (which every you added the field to in searchdef.php), and then save and deploy.  Your cross module search should now be active.


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