Symptom: A custom post type assigned to a taxonomy does not appear in the admin table listing all posts with a specific term attached.

From my dashboard if I click on the taxonomy under the custom post type I get a list of terms. One term was showing 3 posts but when I clicked on the number 3 the resulting list showed only 2 posts. As a test I created a new custom post and assigned it to the same term. Now the list of terms shows that this term has 4 posts attached.However, clicking on the number 4 still gives me a list of 2 posts. I moved the posts to other terms and got the same result-namely 2 posts are still missing.

I don't know where to look analyze this problem. I suspect I'm either doing something very stupid (I've checked the obvious things like the custom post being published) or perhaps something in my database is corrupted.

I don't think there is any useful code I can provide. It seems to me that the problem is associated with the posts.I have a working version of this in a development site, which works perfectly. Now I attempting to recreate the same situation on the production site and this odd symptom has appeared.

I'd appreciate any suggestions on additional information I might provide here or any likely investigations I can make to find the source of the problem.

  • Any chance this taxonomy belongs to more than one post type? Or belongs to a post type that is no longer in use?
    – GhostToast
    Commented Aug 21, 2013 at 18:55
  • @GhostToast:Thx. No. According to the set up plugin for CPT & CT its 1 on 1.
    – dorich
    Commented Aug 21, 2013 at 19:07
  • What happens when you view a query for that taxonomy term? Out in the wild. Are those posts private? Belong to a different author? Etc.
    – GhostToast
    Commented Aug 21, 2013 at 19:10
  • 1.Viewing Query: I did this on the website page for the taxonomy. The DEBUG-WP-Query shows a count of 3, but the page only displays 2 posts. 2.Posts are not Private. 3. All posts have the same author.
    – dorich
    Commented Aug 21, 2013 at 22:37
  • Under "Settings -> Reading" how many posts per page are allowed? Can you manually assign a greater value (or -1) in your wp_query object? 'posts_per_page' => -1
    – GhostToast
    Commented Aug 22, 2013 at 0:20

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I resolved this by deleting the taxonomy and starting a new taxonomy with a slightly different name. Initial tests show the problem has been removed, although I can't say I understand what caused it.
Before deleting the taxonomy that caused the problem I created a new test taxonomy and showed that it worked correctly. I also did a backup of the site.

  • Sounds like it was cursed. Bummer. At least it's working now. Sometimes namespaces fight, such as page having same slug as a post-type. Things in trash hold onto their namespaces too. Not sure what happens to dead or dying taxonomies though, since those would seem more persistent.
    – GhostToast
    Commented Aug 22, 2013 at 19:25
  • Nevertheless your help was much appreciated.
    – dorich
    Commented Aug 22, 2013 at 23:47

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