I have a matrix field which is used a my main Body content field. The site has just been updated to the latest version of Craft and I tried to add a block to the matrix field but when i try to save it I get the error on a plain text field:

Field Limit is too big for your chosen Column Type.

Even if i open the field and don't make any changes and jut save it I get the same error. The matrix field has 11 Block Types.

I have the same field in another website which actually has another couple of blocks in it and it can save without any issues.

I have found this thread: https://github.com/craftcms/cms/issues/2009 and possibly related to a MySQL issue.

But is the issue related to the size of the Matrix Field? Or overall the number of fields in the database?

  • I deleted a number of unused fields and 3 unused sections from the database and i still get this issue trying to save the matrix field. the specific field which gives the error when saving the matrix field is already column type varchar.
    – mmc501
    Commented Mar 2, 2020 at 11:23
  • I have changed the max characters on the field down from 255 to 60 and it lets me save it without changes.
    – mmc501
    Commented Mar 2, 2020 at 11:25

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But is the issue related to the size of the Matrix Field? Or overall the number of fields in the database?

Neither. :)

That error message isn't related to the linked Github issue (although I can see how you'd get them confused).

It's coming from the Craft's Plain Text field type: https://github.com/craftcms/cms/blob/develop/src/fields/PlainText.php#L126-L137

There's a discrepancy between one of the Plain Text field's settings in your Matrix field where the charLimit setting on the field is greater than the database Column Type setting for that field can hold (i.e. for MySQL varchar, text, mediumtext, etc.).

  • After you have point it out what the issue is, and now re reading the error it is pretty obvious from the error message - what the issue was - daft. A google search led me down the other path. Thanks
    – mmc501
    Commented Mar 2, 2020 at 21:20

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