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I"m trying to filter an archive page by custom meta query.

I've tried using query_posts($args) prior to the loop, but it returns nothing. Any ideas?

Here's what I have so far:

        //$wolfName = $_GET['wolfName'];
        $archiveArgs = array(
                        'meta_key'  => 'wolf',
                        'meta_value'    => 'boltz'
        <?php if (have_posts()) : ?>

It returns no posts... any ideas?

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up vote 3 down vote accepted

Use pre_get_posts action hook

function archive_meta_query( $query ) {
    if ( $query->is_archive){
      $query->query_vars["meta_key"] = 'wolf';
      $query->query_vars["meta_value"] = 'boltz';
add_action( 'pre_get_posts', 'archive_meta_query', 1 );
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Please add an explanation to your answer: why could that solve the problem? – toscho Sep 4 '13 at 22:52

thanks for ur code Strik3r ..this helped me a lot..I finally got sorting by custom field to work...in functions.php

function sort_meta_query( $query ) {
 if ( $query->is_archive || $query->is_category || $query->is_home ){
  $query->query_vars["meta_key"] = 'fastest_speed_experienced';
  $query->query_vars["orderby"] = 'meta_value_num';
  add_action( 'pre_get_posts', 'sort_meta_query', 1 );
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