[ckan-dev] Problem with 'ghost' dataset

Aaron McGlinchy McGlinchyA at landcareresearch.co.nz
Thu Jul 25 00:00:14 UTC 2019

Hi, we are using CKAN 2.7.2 (which we do need to update).

I created a dataset, during which I edited the URL ckan assigned by default.  On the face of it the dataset created properly, once I'd uploaded resource and saved, it looked as expected.  I sent the URL to someone else to look at and it worked.

The problem is that the dataset doesn't show up in the list of datasets, nor within an organisation.  The dataset is set to public, and I am logged in as sysadmin.  Thus there is no way for anyone else to find or see this dataset, unless they already know the URL.

I tried to rectify it by creating another dataset to see if it showed up as expected (it did).  I then copied the metadata and data resources over to the new dataset, deleted the old 'ghost' dataset (purged the trash, but got an error message (integrity error on table resource..., though the dataset did disappear from the trash), I then edited the URL to what the 'ghost' dataset had - it failed 'URL already in use', so I changed it to a slightly different URL.

But now that dataset has issues - it is set to Public, and when I open the dataset it doesn't show the private 'flag' at the top right, BUT when I look at the list of datasets/datasets within an organisation, the private flag is showing.  If I log out I cannot see the dataset in the list (it's treating it as private), but if I enter the URL directly it will open the dataset (treating as public).  I tired editing the datastet and toggling the visibility from public to private and back again to see if that would reset things, but no joy.

So I'm after any ideas on how to fix my problem dataset, and to flag that their may be a bug that occurs when you edit a datasets URL that messes things up.



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