I have a optional dateFinished attribute in my Record:

protected function defineAttributes()
    return array(
        'dateFinished'  => AttributeType::DateTime,

Some Records have it set to a DateTime other have it set to null (default).

To prevent Twig errors I tried using the is defined test:

{{ log.dateFinished is defined ? log.dateFinished|date('m.d.y - H:m'|t) : '-'}}

But this doesn't work, I'm getting the typical "Scope error". After taking a look at the dump() it looks that even a null value is getting defined:

  object(Craft\DateTime)#2670 (3) {
    string(19) "2014-07-15 17:48:25"
    string(6) "+00:00"


  array(2) {
    string(8) "datetime"
    string(8) "datetime"

I tried to solve this by "Check(ing) if a variable is a date with Twig":

{{ log.dateFinished is defined and log.dateFinished.timestamp is defined ? log.dateFinished|date('m.d.y - H:m'|t) : '-'}}

But this doesn't make a difference, I'm still getting the "Scope error". Any ideas?


You shouldn't be returning a record instance to your templates directly. That can lead to all sorts of badness like templates being able to update the database themselves.

Have your plugin's service populate a Mailer_LogModel with just the attributes you want to expose to your template and return that. Pretty sure after you do that, a simple:

{% if log.dateFinished %}

will work.

  • My bad, just checked again, and it still gives me a "Scope error". Also tried log.dateFinished is defined and log.dateFinished is not iterable.
    – Victor In
    Jul 15 '14 at 23:31
  • What's the actual error you're getting? log.dateFinished is undefined?
    – Brad Bell
    Jul 15 '14 at 23:36
  • Craft\Mailer_LogRecord and its behaviors do not have a method or closure named "dateFinished".
    – Victor In
    Jul 15 '14 at 23:39
  • OH! Updating my answer. :)
    – Brad Bell
    Jul 15 '14 at 23:45
  • 2
    – Brad Bell
    Jul 16 '14 at 0:05

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