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I have made a plugin for wordpress which copies the image to another directory when a post has been edit. But if you only upload another featured image and don't save the post. The image has been attached to the post, but the post has not been updated. Which does not trigger my plugin function. Show which trigger (action hook) can I use to also copie the featured image?

The action which I now use for the post edit is wp_insert_post().

I forgot the reason why I use wp_insert_post(), but maybe that's why it fails ;)

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Please show your actual code. –  kaiser Dec 20 '12 at 8:04

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The set_post_thumbnail function uses the metadata functions to set the featured image.

You have two actions to hook into that process:

  • update_post_meta, before the data is written into the database
  • updated_post_meta, after the data is written into the database

You will have to make a conditional, and be good to go:

if ( $metakey == '_thumbnail_id' ) { /*blabla*/ }
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