I've added a myvar/myvalue rewrite endpoint to EP_ALL which can be added to any URL of a WP installation and a WP plugin will act upon it. That part is cool but it doesn't work when the permalink structure is /%category%/%postname%/. It works well with all the built in, selectable structures. There could be other structures it doesn't work with.

Doesn't work = 404 error.

The path looks something like this: /mycategory/mypost/myvar/myvalue

I got the Rewrite analyzer plugin which tells me that it's interpreted as (top 4, in order):

This is not it... (highlighted with yellow)

pagename: mycategory/mypost
myvar: myvalue

Apparently this gets used but it's still cold...

attachment: mypost
myvar: /myvalue

Plain wrong...

pagename: mycategory/mypost/myvar
page: /myvalue

This is it, but it fails to realize it!

category_name: mycategory
name: mypost
myvar: myvalue

And I'm outputting global $query_string; which tells me it's
attachment=mypost&myvar=%2Fmyvalue (by the way it shouldn't include the %2f - slash).

So can someone enlighten me if this is a bug in WP, or is there something I can do about it?

My idea is roughly this
if ( '/%category%/%postname%/' == $wp_rewrite->permalink_structure ){ ... }
and manually telling WP the category and the name and displaying that content. But I don't know what goes as ... and what should I hook this into.


Why doesn't it work? I'm not sure. That particular pattern is the same as a parent/child page request, WordPress has to do some extra queries to determine if a post exists by that name, or if it's a page. Why this breaks when you add an endpoint, I haven't delved into the code to determine.

How can you make it work? It appears that if you don't use the EP_ALL mask and instead use the OR operator with all the individual masks, it will build the rules in such a way where those endpoints will correctly resolve.

For example:

function wpa_myvar_endpoint(){
    add_rewrite_endpoint( 'myvar', EP_PERMALINK | EP_PAGES );
add_action( 'init', 'wpa_myvar_endpoint' );
  • HA! It works, thank you. The rewrite analyzer puts the previously 3rd and 4th row into the 2nd and 3rd position by having that 2nd row with the attachment + myvar interpretation completely gone! Is your EP_PERMALINK | EP_PAGES equivalent to EP_ALL in practice? I really need the myvar/mayvalue combination to be able to be added to any URL. Sep 21 '13 at 10:30
  • add_rewrite_endpoint($this->settings['myvar'], EP_PERMALINK | EP_DATE | EP_YEAR | EP_MONTH | EP_DAY | EP_ROOT | EP_COMMENTS | EP_SEARCH | EP_CATEGORIES | EP_TAGS | EP_AUTHORS | EP_PAGES); looks quite interesting, I'm omitting just the EP_ATTACHMENT. Sep 21 '13 at 11:37

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