Articles container just shows blank page

I just installed the Articles Extra and after creating the base container (right click in resource tree → Create Articles here) I get to the articles container settings like expected. However as soon as I hit save and the page reloads there’s only a blank page. No way to get back to those settings.

Error log shows nothing but a few deprecation warnings.
Although there were quite a few errors during the install:

show errors
Attempting to install package with signature: articles-1.8.0-pl

Package found...now preparing to install.

Grabbing package workspace...

Workspace environment initiated, now installing package...

Package .../core/packages//var/www/html/packages/articles/_build/subpackages/archivist-1.2.4-pl.transport.ziparchivist-1.2.4-pl.transport.zip not found. SIG: archivist-1.2.4-pl.transport.ziparchivist-1.2.4-pl

PHP warning: include(.../core/packages/articles-1.8.0-pl/xPDOTransportVehicle/93618da3c93109fe1845ff8a1a38e5cc.validate.archivist.validator): failed to open stream: No such file or directory

PHP warning: include(): Failed opening '.../core/packages/articles-1.8.0-pl/xPDOTransportVehicle/93618da3c93109fe1845ff8a1a38e5cc.validate.archivist.validator' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/local/php74/share/php74')

xPDOVehicle validator failed: type php (.../core/packages/articles-1.8.0-pl/xPDOTransportVehicle/93618da3c93109fe1845ff8a1a38e5cc.validate.archivist.validator)

Package .../core/packages//var/www/html/packages/articles/_build/subpackages/getpage-1.2.4-pl.transport.zipgetpage-1.2.4-pl.transport.zip not found. SIG: getpage-1.2.4-pl.transport.zipgetpage-1.2.4-pl

PHP warning: include(.../core/packages/articles-1.8.0-pl/xPDOTransportVehicle/c70f6e18e8e207891b9664d3f69edd2f.validate.getpage.validator): failed to open stream: No such file or directory

PHP warning: include(): Failed opening '.../core/packages/articles-1.8.0-pl/xPDOTransportVehicle/c70f6e18e8e207891b9664d3f69edd2f.validate.getpage.validator' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/local/php74/share/php74')

xPDOVehicle validator failed: type php (.../core/packages/articles-1.8.0-pl/xPDOTransportVehicle/c70f6e18e8e207891b9664d3f69edd2f.validate.getpage.validator)

Package .../core/packages//var/www/html/packages/articles/_build/subpackages/getresources-1.7.0-pl.transport.zipgetresources-1.7.0-pl.transport.zip not found. SIG: getresources-1.7.0-pl.transport.zipgetresources-1.7.0-pl

PHP warning: include(.../core/packages/articles-1.8.0-pl/xPDOTransportVehicle/e2ab6b599b4306cd03e17b1630bfe1b3.validate.getresources.validator): failed to open stream: No such file or directory

PHP warning: include(): Failed opening '.../core/packages/articles-1.8.0-pl/xPDOTransportVehicle/e2ab6b599b4306cd03e17b1630bfe1b3.validate.getresources.validator' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/local/php74/share/php74')

xPDOVehicle validator failed: type php (.../core/packages/articles-1.8.0-pl/xPDOTransportVehicle/e2ab6b599b4306cd03e17b1630bfe1b3.validate.getresources.validator)

Package .../core/packages//var/www/html/packages/articles/_build/subpackages/quip-2.3.5-pl.transport.zipquip-2.3.5-pl.transport.zip not found. SIG: quip-2.3.5-pl.transport.zipquip-2.3.5-pl

PHP warning: include(.../core/packages/articles-1.8.0-pl/xPDOTransportVehicle/df83c2fcd32de60ae79be461feeb40f5.validate.quip.validator): failed to open stream: No such file or directory

PHP warning: include(): Failed opening '.../core/packages/articles-1.8.0-pl/xPDOTransportVehicle/df83c2fcd32de60ae79be461feeb40f5.validate.quip.validator' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/local/php74/share/php74')

xPDOVehicle validator failed: type php (.../core/packages/articles-1.8.0-pl/xPDOTransportVehicle/df83c2fcd32de60ae79be461feeb40f5.validate.quip.validator)

Package .../core/packages//var/www/html/packages/articles/_build/subpackages/taglister-1.1.7-pl.transport.ziptaglister-1.1.7-pl.transport.zip not found. SIG: taglister-1.1.7-pl.transport.ziptaglister-1.1.7-pl

PHP warning: include(.../core/packages/articles-1.8.0-pl/xPDOTransportVehicle/08210827218b080d320f878b95a7d860.validate.taglister.validator): failed to open stream: No such file or directory

PHP warning: include(): Failed opening '.../core/packages/articles-1.8.0-pl/xPDOTransportVehicle/08210827218b080d320f878b95a7d860.validate.taglister.validator' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/local/php74/share/php74')

xPDOVehicle validator failed: type php (.../core/packages/articles-1.8.0-pl/xPDOTransportVehicle/08210827218b080d320f878b95a7d860.validate.taglister.validator)

Installing dependency archivist v1.2.4 (or higher)...

- ✓ archivist-1.2.4-pl already installed

Installing dependency getpage v1.2.3 (or higher)...

- ✓ getpage-1.2.5-pl already installed

Installing dependency getresources v1.7.0 (or higher)...

- ✓ getresources-1.7.0-pl already installed

Installing dependency quip v2.3.5 (or higher)...

modRestClient::__construct is deprecated since version 2.3.0. Use the modRest classes instead.

modRestClient::__construct is deprecated since version 2.3.0. Use the modRest classes instead.

- Could not find quip v2.3.5+ in package provider modx.com

Installing dependency taglister v1.1.7 (or higher)...

- ✓ taglister-1.1.7-pl already installed

xPDOVehicle resolver failed: type php (.../core/packages/articles-1.8.0-pl/modCategory/48f5c51b163d577732b4bd15f459e1f5.dependencies.resolver.resolver)

Error removing field Article->articles_container: Array
(
    [0] => 42000
    [1] => 1091
    [2] => Can't DROP 'articles_container'; check that column/key exists
)

Error removing field Article->articles_container_settings: Array
(
    [0] => 42000
    [1] => 1091
    [2] => Can't DROP 'articles_container_settings'; check that column/key exists
)

Successfully installed package articles-1.8.0-pl

Any idea what could be the (main) issue here? I can reproduce this issue the exact same way on a different site, too (it’s the same host though).

MODX 2.8.4-pl
PHP 7.4

The Archivist subpackage can’t be unpacked at first, so it looks like a package issue.

So I checked Archivist and reinstalled that, which went without errors but did not change anything. Then I noticed that Quip was not installed at all, after reinstalling it manually I can access the Articles container again. I’m guessing the issue here is:

Could not find quip v2.3.5+ in package provider modx.com

Are all those other validator errors during the install a reason for concern?

Maybe @joshualuckers?

It looks like the filename is doubled and it can’t be installed because of this.

Quip 2.3.5 should be available: MODX Extras | Quip 2.3.5-pl

Hmm… yeah I can confirm the same thing happening. Manually installing Quip fixes the problem as a workaround. Interestingly, changing the resolver to get Quip 2.3.3 works - it just can’t find 2.3.5. :thinking:

Added this info to an issue: Articles cannot find Quip 2.3.5 on install · Issue #161 · modxcms/Articles · GitHub

Older versions of Quip where still active in the package provider, I’ve disabled them for now. Can someone check if this works?

Hi joshualuckers,
We were in a conversation with Bob after we were experiencing some stability issues in Modx 2.8 with Articles 1.8.0: Articles issues with upgrade - #3 by lancipoos

Since then we’ve been developing a new site using Modx 3.0.1. and have installed Articles.
In the manager, instead of the blank page VibesDesign sees, we have a compressed display on both the Container and Article Template. See screen shots below. These pages throw errors:
core/src/Revolution/modX.php Unable to load processor for action "mgr/comment/getList"

core/vendor/xpdo/xpdo/src/xPDO/xPDO.php Could not load class: modAction from mysql.modaction

We see a blank page for the Articles container - but on the front end. The error is
PHP warning: strpos(): Empty needle in ArticlesContainer.php

We still see the js console error in Modx 3.0.1 " Cannot read properties of undefined (reading ‘formpanel’)" as mentioned in the post with Bob on clicking ‘Close’ in the Article Template.

Any help would be appreciated. Php is 7.2.24

Hi @lancipoos

MODX 3.0.1 brought some template changes which affected Articles.
See this: Display issue · Issue #160 · modxcms/Articles · GitHub

The next Articles release will fix that, but in the mean time you can apply the workaround mentioned in the link above.

Also, if you’re starting a new site, I’d definitely recommend using Collections over Articles. Articles is really quite old, and while we’ve been working to bring it up to date, the MODX 3 version is still in Alpha and there will probably be some weirdness that pops up from time to time. :see_no_evil:

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Thanks, DigitalPenguin, we’ll switch to Collections for the new build in Modx 3 as you suggest. For the legacy site still running on 2.8.3, there’s a lot of instability now also with the latest Articles install. Is there a process to import Articles posts into Collections?

For testing, I uninstalled Articles and all its dependencies again, or atleast I tried to as Articles gives an error: Error uninstalling package with signature: articles-1.8.0-pl. (All dependencies uninstalled fine).

Full Uninstall Error Output
Console running...
Finding package with signature: articles-1.8.0-pl
Package found. Preparing to uninstall.
Skipping modCategory object (data object does not exist and cannot be removed): Array ( [category] => Articles )
Skipping modChunk object (data object does not exist and cannot be removed): Array ( [name] => sample.ArticlesLatestPostTpl )
Skipping modChunk object (data object does not exist and cannot be removed): Array ( [name] => sample.ArticleRowTpl )
Skipping modChunk object (data object does not exist and cannot be removed): Array ( [name] => sample.ArticlesRss )
Skipping modChunk object (data object does not exist and cannot be removed): Array ( [name] => sample.ArticlesRssItem )
Skipping modChunk object (data object does not exist and cannot be removed): Array ( [name] => sample.ArchiveGroupByYear )
Skipping modChunk object (data object does not exist and cannot be removed): Array ( [name] => sample.ArticlesRssCategoryNode )
Skipping modSnippet object (data object does not exist and cannot be removed): Array ( [name] => ArticlesStringSplitter )
Skipping modSnippet object (data object does not exist and cannot be removed): Array ( [name] => Articles )
Skipping modTemplate object (data object does not exist and cannot be removed): Array ( [templatename] => sample.ArticlesContainerTemplate )
Skipping modTemplate object (data object does not exist and cannot be removed): Array ( [templatename] => sample.ArticleTemplate )
Skipping modTemplateVar object (data object does not exist and cannot be removed): Array ( [name] => articlestags )
Removing files in file resolver: [...]/core/components/articles
Could not find files to remove.
Removing files in file resolver: [...]/assets/components/articles
Could not find files to remove.
Skipping modPlugin object (data object does not exist and cannot be removed): Array ( [name] => ArticlesPlugin )
Skipping modPluginEvent object (data object does not exist and cannot be removed): Array ( [pluginid] => 0 [event] => OnPageNotFound )
Skipping modPluginEvent object (data object does not exist and cannot be removed): Array ( [pluginid] => 0 [event] => OnManagerPageInit )
Skipping modPluginEvent object (data object does not exist and cannot be removed): Array ( [pluginid] => 0 [event] => OnDocPublished )
Skipping modPluginEvent object (data object does not exist and cannot be removed): Array ( [pluginid] => 0 [event] => OnDocUnPublished )
Package [...]/core/packages//var/www/html/packages/articles/_build/subpackages/taglister-1.1.7-pl.transport.ziptaglister-1.1.7-pl.transport.zip not found. SIG: taglister-1.1.7-pl.transport.ziptaglister-1.1.7-pl
PHP warning: include([...]/core/packages/articles-1.8.0-pl/xPDOTransportVehicle/08210827218b080d320f878b95a7d860.validate.taglister.validator): failed to open stream: No such file or directory
PHP warning: include(): Failed opening '[...]/core/packages/articles-1.8.0-pl/xPDOTransportVehicle/08210827218b080d320f878b95a7d860.validate.taglister.validator' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/local/php74/share/php74')
xPDOVehicle validator failed: type php ([...]/core/packages/articles-1.8.0-pl/xPDOTransportVehicle/08210827218b080d320f878b95a7d860.validate.taglister.validator)
Package [...]/core/packages//var/www/html/packages/articles/_build/subpackages/quip-2.3.5-pl.transport.zipquip-2.3.5-pl.transport.zip not found. SIG: quip-2.3.5-pl.transport.zipquip-2.3.5-pl
PHP warning: include([...]/core/packages/articles-1.8.0-pl/xPDOTransportVehicle/df83c2fcd32de60ae79be461feeb40f5.validate.quip.validator): failed to open stream: No such file or directory
PHP warning: include(): Failed opening '[...]/core/packages/articles-1.8.0-pl/xPDOTransportVehicle/df83c2fcd32de60ae79be461feeb40f5.validate.quip.validator' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/local/php74/share/php74')
xPDOVehicle validator failed: type php ([...]/core/packages/articles-1.8.0-pl/xPDOTransportVehicle/df83c2fcd32de60ae79be461feeb40f5.validate.quip.validator)
Package [...]/core/packages//var/www/html/packages/articles/_build/subpackages/getresources-1.7.0-pl.transport.zipgetresources-1.7.0-pl.transport.zip not found. SIG: getresources-1.7.0-pl.transport.zipgetresources-1.7.0-pl
PHP warning: include([...]/core/packages/articles-1.8.0-pl/xPDOTransportVehicle/e2ab6b599b4306cd03e17b1630bfe1b3.validate.getresources.validator): failed to open stream: No such file or directory
PHP warning: include(): Failed opening '[...]/core/packages/articles-1.8.0-pl/xPDOTransportVehicle/e2ab6b599b4306cd03e17b1630bfe1b3.validate.getresources.validator' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/local/php74/share/php74')
xPDOVehicle validator failed: type php ([...]/core/packages/articles-1.8.0-pl/xPDOTransportVehicle/e2ab6b599b4306cd03e17b1630bfe1b3.validate.getresources.validator)
Package [...]/core/packages//var/www/html/packages/articles/_build/subpackages/getpage-1.2.4-pl.transport.zipgetpage-1.2.4-pl.transport.zip not found. SIG: getpage-1.2.4-pl.transport.zipgetpage-1.2.4-pl
PHP warning: include([...]/core/packages/articles-1.8.0-pl/xPDOTransportVehicle/c70f6e18e8e207891b9664d3f69edd2f.validate.getpage.validator): failed to open stream: No such file or directory
PHP warning: include(): Failed opening '[...]/core/packages/articles-1.8.0-pl/xPDOTransportVehicle/c70f6e18e8e207891b9664d3f69edd2f.validate.getpage.validator' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/local/php74/share/php74')
xPDOVehicle validator failed: type php ([...]/core/packages/articles-1.8.0-pl/xPDOTransportVehicle/c70f6e18e8e207891b9664d3f69edd2f.validate.getpage.validator)
Package [...]/core/packages//var/www/html/packages/articles/_build/subpackages/archivist-1.2.4-pl.transport.ziparchivist-1.2.4-pl.transport.zip not found. SIG: archivist-1.2.4-pl.transport.ziparchivist-1.2.4-pl
PHP warning: include([...]/core/packages/articles-1.8.0-pl/xPDOTransportVehicle/93618da3c93109fe1845ff8a1a38e5cc.validate.archivist.validator): failed to open stream: No such file or directory
PHP warning: include(): Failed opening '[...]/core/packages/articles-1.8.0-pl/xPDOTransportVehicle/93618da3c93109fe1845ff8a1a38e5cc.validate.archivist.validator' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/local/php74/share/php74')
xPDOVehicle validator failed: type php ([...]/core/packages/articles-1.8.0-pl/xPDOTransportVehicle/93618da3c93109fe1845ff8a1a38e5cc.validate.archivist.validator)
Skipping modSystemSetting object (data object does not exist and cannot be removed): Array ( [key] => articles.mgr_time_format )
Skipping modSystemSetting object (data object does not exist and cannot be removed): Array ( [key] => articles.mgr_date_format )
Skipping modSystemSetting object (data object does not exist and cannot be removed): Array ( [key] => articles.article_show_longtitle )
Skipping modSystemSetting object (data object does not exist and cannot be removed): Array ( [key] => articles.default_article_sort_field )
Skipping modSystemSetting object (data object does not exist and cannot be removed): Array ( [key] => articles.default_article_template )
Skipping modSystemSetting object (data object does not exist and cannot be removed): Array ( [key] => articles.default_container_template )
Skipping modSystemSetting object (data object does not exist and cannot be removed): Array ( [key] => articles.container_ids )
Skipping modNamespace object (data object does not exist and cannot be removed): Array ( [name] => articles )
Error uninstalling package with signature: articles-1.8.0-pl

So I had to force package removal.

Also I noticed in the error output file, there’s a few instances where the path looks like it has a double // where there maybe shouldn’t be one? This was also the case during the first install (see output above).

Package [...]/core/packages//var/www/html/packages/articles/_build/subpackages[...]
                           ^^

However, after a new install Quip and all other dependencies seemed to have installed fine and I can also access the Articles container on the first try!

Still a bunch of errors during the install:

Full Install Error Output
Console running...
Attempting to install package with signature: articles-1.8.0-pl
Package found...now preparing to install.
Grabbing package workspace...
Workspace environment initiated, now installing package...
Package [...]/core/packages//var/www/html/packages/articles/_build/subpackages/archivist-1.2.4-pl.transport.ziparchivist-1.2.4-pl.transport.zip not found. SIG: archivist-1.2.4-pl.transport.ziparchivist-1.2.4-pl
PHP warning: include([...]/core/packages/articles-1.8.0-pl/xPDOTransportVehicle/93618da3c93109fe1845ff8a1a38e5cc.validate.archivist.validator): failed to open stream: No such file or directory
PHP warning: include(): Failed opening '[...]/core/packages/articles-1.8.0-pl/xPDOTransportVehicle/93618da3c93109fe1845ff8a1a38e5cc.validate.archivist.validator' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/local/php74/share/php74')
xPDOVehicle validator failed: type php ([...]/core/packages/articles-1.8.0-pl/xPDOTransportVehicle/93618da3c93109fe1845ff8a1a38e5cc.validate.archivist.validator)
Package [...]/core/packages//var/www/html/packages/articles/_build/subpackages/getpage-1.2.4-pl.transport.zipgetpage-1.2.4-pl.transport.zip not found. SIG: getpage-1.2.4-pl.transport.zipgetpage-1.2.4-pl
PHP warning: include([...]/core/packages/articles-1.8.0-pl/xPDOTransportVehicle/c70f6e18e8e207891b9664d3f69edd2f.validate.getpage.validator): failed to open stream: No such file or directory
PHP warning: include(): Failed opening '[...]/core/packages/articles-1.8.0-pl/xPDOTransportVehicle/c70f6e18e8e207891b9664d3f69edd2f.validate.getpage.validator' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/local/php74/share/php74')
xPDOVehicle validator failed: type php ([...]/core/packages/articles-1.8.0-pl/xPDOTransportVehicle/c70f6e18e8e207891b9664d3f69edd2f.validate.getpage.validator)
Package [...]/core/packages//var/www/html/packages/articles/_build/subpackages/getresources-1.7.0-pl.transport.zipgetresources-1.7.0-pl.transport.zip not found. SIG: getresources-1.7.0-pl.transport.zipgetresources-1.7.0-pl
PHP warning: include([...]/core/packages/articles-1.8.0-pl/xPDOTransportVehicle/e2ab6b599b4306cd03e17b1630bfe1b3.validate.getresources.validator): failed to open stream: No such file or directory
PHP warning: include(): Failed opening '[...]/core/packages/articles-1.8.0-pl/xPDOTransportVehicle/e2ab6b599b4306cd03e17b1630bfe1b3.validate.getresources.validator' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/local/php74/share/php74')
xPDOVehicle validator failed: type php ([...]/core/packages/articles-1.8.0-pl/xPDOTransportVehicle/e2ab6b599b4306cd03e17b1630bfe1b3.validate.getresources.validator)
Package [...]/core/packages//var/www/html/packages/articles/_build/subpackages/quip-2.3.5-pl.transport.zipquip-2.3.5-pl.transport.zip not found. SIG: quip-2.3.5-pl.transport.zipquip-2.3.5-pl
PHP warning: include([...]/core/packages/articles-1.8.0-pl/xPDOTransportVehicle/df83c2fcd32de60ae79be461feeb40f5.validate.quip.validator): failed to open stream: No such file or directory
PHP warning: include(): Failed opening '[...]/core/packages/articles-1.8.0-pl/xPDOTransportVehicle/df83c2fcd32de60ae79be461feeb40f5.validate.quip.validator' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/local/php74/share/php74')
xPDOVehicle validator failed: type php ([...]/core/packages/articles-1.8.0-pl/xPDOTransportVehicle/df83c2fcd32de60ae79be461feeb40f5.validate.quip.validator)
Package [...]/core/packages//var/www/html/packages/articles/_build/subpackages/taglister-1.1.7-pl.transport.ziptaglister-1.1.7-pl.transport.zip not found. SIG: taglister-1.1.7-pl.transport.ziptaglister-1.1.7-pl
PHP warning: include([...]/core/packages/articles-1.8.0-pl/xPDOTransportVehicle/08210827218b080d320f878b95a7d860.validate.taglister.validator): failed to open stream: No such file or directory
PHP warning: include(): Failed opening '[...]/core/packages/articles-1.8.0-pl/xPDOTransportVehicle/08210827218b080d320f878b95a7d860.validate.taglister.validator' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/local/php74/share/php74')
xPDOVehicle validator failed: type php ([...]/core/packages/articles-1.8.0-pl/xPDOTransportVehicle/08210827218b080d320f878b95a7d860.validate.taglister.validator)
Installing dependency archivist v1.2.4 (or higher)...
modRestClient::__construct is deprecated since version 2.3.0. Use the modRest classes instead.
modRestClient::__construct is deprecated since version 2.3.0. Use the modRest classes instead.
- Downloading archivist-1.2.4-pl from modx.com...
--- Installing archivist-1.2.4-pl ---
Grabbing package workspace...
Workspace environment initiated, now installing package...
--- Installed archivist-1.2.4-pl in 0.02s ---
Installing dependency getpage v1.2.3 (or higher)...
- Downloading getpage-1.2.5-pl from modx.com...
--- Installing getpage-1.2.5-pl ---
Grabbing package workspace...
Workspace environment initiated, now installing package...
--- Installed getpage-1.2.5-pl in 0.01s ---
Installing dependency getresources v1.7.0 (or higher)...
- ✓ getresources-1.7.0-pl already installed
Installing dependency quip v2.3.5 (or higher)...
- Downloading quip-2.3.5-pl from modx.com...
--- Installing quip-2.3.5-pl ---
Grabbing package workspace...
Workspace environment initiated, now installing package...
--- Installed quip-2.3.5-pl in 0.52s ---
Installing dependency taglister v1.1.7 (or higher)...
- Downloading taglister-1.1.7-pl from modx.com...
--- Installing taglister-1.1.7-pl ---
Grabbing package workspace...
Workspace environment initiated, now installing package...
--- Installed taglister-1.1.7-pl in 0.02s ---
Error removing field Article->articles_container: Array ( [0] => 42000 [1] => 1091 [2] => Can't DROP 'articles_container'; check that column/key exists )
Error removing field Article->articles_container_settings: Array ( [0] => 42000 [1] => 1091 [2] => Can't DROP 'articles_container_settings'; check that column/key exists )
Successfully installed package articles-1.8.0-pl

Have tried to set manager theme in settings to deafault again, because it looks like the settings has lost default while installing articles