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Does anyone know of a plugin that is capable of merging the post meta from one post into another?

I'm working on re-releasing the Driftwood contact manager theme and I'm trying to find a way to solve the duplicate contact issue. Obviously this question could impact far more people than just myself. :)

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 * Merge metadata from one post to another.
 * @param int $from_ID Source post ID
 * @param int $to_ID Target post ID
 * @param bool $overwrite Whether to overwrite metadata if the key already exists
 * @return bool|array
function wpse_20231_merge_postmeta( $from_ID, $to_ID, $overwrite = true )
    // get ALL metadata for $from_ID
    if ( !$source_meta = get_metadata( 'post', $from_ID ) )
        return false;

    if ( !$existing_meta = get_metadata( 'post', $to_ID ) )
        $existing_meta = array();

    // loop over source meta and update, depending on if overwrite is true & existing meta exists
    foreach ( $source_meta as $key => $value ) {
        if ( $overwrite ? true : !isset( $existing_meta[ $key ] ) )
            update_post_meta( $to_ID, $key, maybe_unserialize( $value ) );

    // return new meta data
    // using plus is like array merge, but from left to right - proceding duplicate keys are ignored
    return $overwrite ? $source_meta + $existing_meta : $existing_meta + $source_meta;
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So if I am understanding you if I create a page template with two inputs, one for $from_ID and another for $to_ID would I just throw in a submit button (to itself?) or am I missing it entirely? –  mattrepublic Jun 17 '11 at 20:07
The code was a 'lead by example' sorta thing - how you implement it is up to you. So yeah, you could keep the function as-is, and just call it using data from a POST'ed form, if that's what you need. –  TheDeadMedic Jun 17 '11 at 20:19

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