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I've this kind of permalink for post type : /widgets/%category%/%postname%/ And the problem is that when going to /widgets url (http://mysite.com/widgets) a not found page error (404) is displayed. What is the default template ?

I've index.php, archive.php, category.php, single.php with some custom templates.

And another thing that i think i should say is by creating a page with the slug of widgets and assigning it to a template, that error gone away and the content of that template comes up.

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There is no template for "/widget". Templates are about content types and not URL fragments.

IMO your page hack is totally legit. Another way to handle this is to have a widgets category which is the parent of all other categories and change your permalink structure to /%category%/%postname%/

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