I have 7 rules set up to help automate membership management. All are tagged with the same tag and all but one are active. WHen I search by tag or for all rules I get the correct result, but when I search by the tag AND all rules I get a DB query syntax fatal error. This is from the log:

[db_error: message="DB Error: syntax error" code=-2 mode=callback callback=CRM_Core_Error::handle prefix=""

info="SELECT COUNT(DISTINCT(crr.id)) AS total FROM civirule_rule crr LEFT JOIN civirule_trigger crtrigger ON crr.trigger_id = crtrigger.id LEFT JOIN civirule_rule_tag crtag ON crr.id = crtag.rule_id LEFT JOIN civicrm_contact contact ON crr.created_user_id = contact.id WHERE AND (crtag.rule_tag_id = 1)

[nativecode=1064 ** You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near 'AND (crtag.rule_tag_id = 1)' at line 5]"]

I suppose that some condition is expected between WHERE AND that I emphasized in bold. This same error happens on Civirules 1.23 and 2.1. The upgrade also updated the database, but I tested on a separate, older system that had not been upgraded.

Could this be due to some database corruption or is it a bug?

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I do not know without checking on your site. I have recently tested 2.1 on an existing site and it worked there. You might want to check if the civirule_condition table is still populated? It might be that it got accidently cleaned out.

If that is the case, you will have to take note of what your conditions/actions where, run the sql scripts insertCiviRulesConditions and insertCiviRuleActions from the sql folder of the extension to re-create them. And then you have to rebuild your rules in the UI.

  • Thanks for the response. Civirule_condition is populated but I see that civirule_rule_action and civirule_rule_condition are empty. The site was recently moved from development domain to the live domain, and the database imported and domain names adjusted.
    – PhilF
    Commented Jun 26, 2018 at 2:58
  • But the same problem is occurring on the older development site with same Civi version and older civirules. I will try retesting the state transitions to make sure its all working.
    – PhilF
    Commented Jun 26, 2018 at 3:09
  • As said, I have not experienced your problem nor do we have issues reported on the CiviRules repo that mention this problem. It might indeed be caused by civirule_rule_action and civirule_rule_condition being empty. No idea what caused that on the older development site, but that smells like database corruption. Commented Jun 26, 2018 at 7:30
  • So somehow all the rule conditions and actions were deleted in the move or upgrade of the extension. I recreated all of these and they look ok in the tables, but so far the database error is still present. Is this a change that requires clearing the cache?
    – PhilF
    Commented Jun 29, 2018 at 1:47
  • yes that might work. Give it a try? Commented Jun 29, 2018 at 6:34

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