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Odoo 9: Issue in View Inheritence [xpath]

on 5/6/16, 2:20 AM 1,171 views

Using Odoo 9 Community Version.

In the inherited view am trying to locate a page using its string attribute however I ended up facing the below error.

"view inheritance may not use attribute 'string' as a selector"

Upon close search I have realized, in Odoo 9, xpath expression doesn't seem to search based on string, then what is the alternative way to achieve the same.




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On 5/6/16, 2:34 AM

Hi Deep,

Searching on the string attribute has been deprecated in Odoo 9, it was available in Odoo 8 though.
There are quite some alternatives to this. The first is to xpath by the field name:

<xpath expr="//field[@name='fieldName']" position="replace">

The second option is to do this by index, which is slightly worse since it has a bigger chance that the index of the item will change on some point (if you install / de-install modules):

<xpath expr="//group[1]" position="replace">

The above will get the second group that is in the current view (index starts counting from 0)


Hmmm. yes even I went with indexing which is not a good idea. wonder why did they do this :( anyways thanks:)

on 5/6/16, 3:38 AM

I remember Olivier Dony telling that it was error prone and could cause issues, that is why they removed it. Try to never go with indexing though, it changes too easily and breaks things. Always try to go by name. And more than welcome :)

on 5/6/16, 3:54 AM

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