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References to files

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What is [Ref] and why would I need it?

At the right side in List and in the File list is a column called [Ref].  This is the way you can tell if a page, content or file is being used anywhere.  Typo3 keeps track of where things are being used which is very useful if you are contemplating deleting something.  Whether for files or in the List module, the number listed in the [Ref] column is the number of times this page, content element or file has been linked to.

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If you simply mouse over the number you will get a list of the unique id of the content element for each reference to that item.  So the page below is reference to 3 times, the unique id's of the content elements are 113056, 113114 and 112149.  

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Most likely none of the information in the reference pop-up "View Item" will mean much to you.  However the UID is most informative to the webteam who can find out exactly on what page(s) this item is linked.

Ref for Files

  1. File name, it's size and it's dimensions (it will give you the dimensions even if it's a PDF or Document.
  2. A thumbnail of the object (even if it's a document)
  3. The references to this:
    • Table - tt_content is the most common, this is where content elements are stored.  You may also see pages if the document is linked to in a page's properties.
    • UID - the unique id of the element
    • Field - what field in the table the reference is in.
    • Flexpointer - unsure what this is, I do not believe it's being used.
    • Sortref Key - Most often you will see "typolink_tag" here which means it's been linked to.
    • sorting - again I'm unsure just what this is, you'll often see a -3

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Ref for pages

  1. File name, it's size and it's dimensions (it will give you the dimensions even if it's a PDF or Document.
  2. Path, Table and UID - Path - the path to this element, the table it's contained in (Pages) and it's unique id (UID).
  3. The references to this - where is it linked to from:
    • Table - tt_content is the most common, this is where content elements are stored.  You may also see pages if the document is linked to in a page's properties.
    • UID - the unique id of the element
    • Field - what field in the table the reference is in.
    • Flexpointer - unsure what this is, I do not believe it's being used.
    • Sortref Key - Most often you will see "typolink_tag" here which means it's been linked to.
    • Sorting - sort order
  4. References from this item: - what is used on or in this page.
    • Field - What field is used -- The second entry shows that this page was a shortcut
    • Flexpointer - Again, I'm unsure what this is and do not believe it's being used.
    • Sortref key - what field is being sorted on
    • Sorting - sort order.
    • Ref table - what table holds this data
    • Ref UID - the unique id of the record
    • Ref String - if there is text involved, what is it?

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Ref for Content

  1. Content information (some of these fields will vary depending on the content type):
    • Type - What type of content is this element, Text, Sitemap, HTML etc.  This is Text.
    • Header - the text of the header if it is filled in
    • Link - if the header is a link, then what is the link
    • Text - the text of the content element
    • Images: - we do not use this type of element (does not refer to images in text)
    • Width - unused
    • Files - we do not use this type of element (does not refer to files linked to in text)
    • Items - unused
    • columns - what column the element is in
    • Start - if the content element is scheduled to start on a certain date
    • Stop - if the content element is scheduled to stop on a certain date
    • Access - will be filled in if content is only visible after a login
  2. Path, Table and UID - Path - the path to this element, the table it's contained in (tt_content) and it's unique id (UID).
  3. References From this Item
    • Table - tt_content is the most common, this is where content elements are stored.  You may also see pages if the document is linked to in a page's properties.
    • UID - the unique id of the element
    • Field - what field in the table the reference is in.
    • Flexpointer - unsure what this is, I do not believe it's being used.
    • Sortref Key - Most often you will see "typolink_tag" here which means it's been linked to.
    • Sorting - sort order
  4. References To this Item
    • Field - What field is used -- The second entry shows that this page was a shortcut
    • Flexpointer - Again, I'm unsure what this is and do not believe it's being used.
    • Sortref key - what field is being sorted on
    • Sorting - sort order.
    • Ref table - what table holds this data
    • Ref UID - the unique id of the record
    • Ref String - if there is text involved, what is it - in this case a link.

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