Bug #20696 Version Retired

ee()->functions->form_backtrack() does not work as expected on index page

Version: 2.9.2 Reporter: whitespace

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function works by referencing a value within the


0 => ‘pages/three’,
1 => ‘pages/two’,
2 => ‘pages/one’

If a form is declared with


then the form action URL is the site’s index page. Hence when the form is submitted, ‘index’ is pushed into the first position in the tracker array.

0 => ‘index’,
1 => ‘pages/three’,
2 => ‘pages/two’,
3 => ‘pages/one’

We can use


to send the user back to the form page, which would be ‘pages/three’ here. (NB: the documentation for form_backtrack() at https://ellislab.com/expressionengine/user-guide/development/usage/functions.html#form-backtrack suggests that a negative number should be passed as the argument, but this didn’t work for me, and I can’t see how it would after looking at the code in /libraries/Functions.php)

However: the tracker functionality will not duplicate page references, so if the user is submitting a form from the site’s index page, the tracker array will not change – e.g. if the user has previously visited ‘pages/four’, the contents of the tracker array would be the same both before and after submission:

0 => ‘index’,
1 => ‘pages/four’

Thus, if we want to redirect the user back to the site index (where they submitted the form) having visited other pages prior to arriving on the index page,


will send them to the immediately previous page (‘pages/four’ in the example above) instead of back to the site index.

Since this seems to be


‘s sole purpose, it would be helpful if it handled this special case automatically.

To get around this issue I’ve added a check as to whether the current page is the site index when declaring the form, and passing through an additional hidden form field if so:

$form_details = array(
 'id' => 'form_id',
 'hidden_fields' => array(
  'ACT' => $this->EE->functions->fetch_action_id('Module_name', 'function_name'),

if ($this->EE->session->tracker[0] == 'index') {
 $form_details['hidden_fields']['homepage'] = '1';

return $this->EE->functions->form_declaration($form_details);

Then, within the function bound to the action:

// redirect to index page if we came from there, previous page otherwise
header('Location: ' . ($this->EE->input->post('homepage', TRUE) ? $this->EE->functions->form_backtrack(0) : $this->EE->functions->form_backtrack(1)));
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