I am getting this error " [nativecode=1442 ** Can't update table 'civicrm_contact' in stored function/trigger because it is already used by statement which invoked this stored function/trigger.]" after both migrating my database to another server and upgrading to the 5.19 security upgrade.

I have attempted multiple times to run the trigger rebuild URL for Drupal and to use cv php:eval "CRM_Core_DAO::dropTriggers('civicrm_contact');" cv php:eval "CRM_Core_DAO::triggerRebuild('civicrm_contact');" cv php:eval "CRM_Core_DAO::dropTriggers('civicrm_contribution');" cv php:eval "CRM_Core_DAO::triggerRebuild('civicrm_contribution');" Any ideas of what else to try I would appreciate it.

Thanks, Josh

  • Have you tried the standard trigger rebuild? example.com/civicrm/menu/rebuild?reset=1&triggerRebuild=1
    – Aidan
    Nov 26, 2019 at 10:53
  • Yes, I started with that a couple of times before pulling out any code. Thanks!
    – Josh
    Nov 26, 2019 at 15:06
  • Is there any information about what trigger is causing this error? Do you have logging enabled (civicrm/admin/setting/misc?reset=1) What do you get when you run the following sql query? "show triggers like 'civicrm_contact%';" Nov 28, 2019 at 5:40
  • @Luke Strwart, I do not have logging enabled. When I do the query you gave me I get one on insert query that is too long to post here. I tried running the drop triggers again to see if it goes away and it does not. Can I safely drop it? Thanks! Happy Thanksgiving!
    – Josh
    Nov 28, 2019 at 6:08
  • Assuming no customisations are involved it's totally fine to manually delete the trigger then run rebuild triggers via the drupal rebuild. What is the trigger of the error - can you replicate it? What is the calling function? Nov 28, 2019 at 18:02

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You can also use the API with cv, drush, or wp-cli to call System.flush with the parameter triggers=TRUE. E.g. cv api System.flush triggers=TRUE.

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