So I have a custom post type action and when I search in the admin panel I don't get any results. I think I figured out why, but not sure how to fix it. When I enter a search term and then click "Search actions" it takes me to this url:


It shows no results, and I see why, but I don't understand where all those extra query vars are coming from? I disabled all plugins, emptied out my functions.php and still it takes me there, showing no results.

I can make it work if I manually change the url to:


The above will show any actions containing "foobaz".

Any ideas where do I begin to fix this?

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    I'll guess that you can't name your post type action, that's a query string var used by core in various contexts. Try renaming your post type slug to something else.
    – Milo
    Feb 8, 2015 at 5:59
  • @Milo, I was trying that just now, but I would have to edit my database to get all actions transferred to the new pots type, will report back
    – elclanrs
    Feb 8, 2015 at 6:00
  • @Milo, Yup, that was it! Feel free to post an answer.
    – elclanrs
    Feb 8, 2015 at 6:09

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The problem in this case is the name of the post type, action. WordPress core uses the query var action for its own purposes, so this has created a conflict somewhere within the code. The solution is to rename the post type to something unique to remove the conflict.

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