We are using a plugin that has created its own record for storing private messages. When deleting a message, it's calling the delete() method on an instance of the record, which appears to be using the CActiveRecord's implementation of delete.

In CActiveRecord::delete(), it has a $this->afterDelete() method, which looks like it should be raising an onAfterDelete event, but I haven't had any luck hooking into it.

I've tried craft()->on('pluginhandle_messageRecord.onAfterDelete', ...) and craft()->on('cActiveRecord.onAfterDelete', ...), but neither gets triggered.

Does anyone know the correct syntax for hooking into this event for this specific custom record?


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Because that's a Yii event, it doesn't follow the same component.eventName syntax that the other Craft events use and you can't use craft->on() to register to listen to it.

Completely untested, but you should be able to use the traditional Yii method, though. Something like this:

$myRecord->onAfterDelete = function (Event $event) {
    // Do your thing.
  • It's good to know that craft()->on() won't work, otherwise I probably would've gone crazy trying different things. So essentially the change would need to be made inside the plugin itself?
    – John O
    Commented Oct 21, 2015 at 17:13
  • Yeah, I wasn't clear on whether this one in the context of two plugins or just one.
    – Brad Bell
    Commented Oct 21, 2015 at 17:54
  • The delete is occurring within a 3rd party plugin, and I want to be able to tie into that using a plugin we are developing. It sounds like that wouldn't be possible, since the change needs to be made directly in the 3rd party plugin.
    – John O
    Commented Oct 21, 2015 at 18:12
  • Yeah, I think you'd need to fork the 3rd party plugin (or make a pull request) to expose that deletion for your plugin to use.
    – Brad Bell
    Commented Oct 21, 2015 at 18:20

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