I'm adding a metabox on a custom post type and my nonce-verification fails. I'm not really where to look for why it's going wrong. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Here's my code:

function myplugin_add_metabox() {
         'myplugin_box', // $id
         'Some Title', // $title 
         'myplugin_box', // $callback
         'custom_post_type', // $page
         'normal', // $context
         'high'); // $priority
 add_action('add_meta_boxes', 'myplugin_add_metabox');

function myplugin_box() {
  echo '<input type="hidden" name="myplugin_nonce" value="'.wp_create_nonce(basename(__FILE__)).'" />';

function myplugin_save_box() {
  // verify nonce
  if (!wp_verify_nonce($_POST['myplugin_nonce'], basename(__FILE__)))  {
     error_log("nonce verification failed", 0);
     return $post_id;
  error_log("nonce worked", 0);
 add_action('save_post', 'myplugin_save_box');

Now, unfortunately I'm reading "nonce verification failed" in my log and not "nonce worked". Does anyone have an idea where to look for the error?


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Ok, I found the answer. It's a quite stupid copy/paste mistake. The name of my nonce_field was not unique. I had already created another nonce from the same plugin but another file. Therefore the basename(__FILE__) value was different leading to a different nonce. All I had to do was change the the name of the field to something unique and it worked.

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