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  • Hi all,
    maybe the subject is quite complicated but the idea is very simple.
    I’ve got a file in uploads. I just want to attach it to a post.
    I’m looking for which function I can make it with.
    I know there must be something like that, because in Media I can attach files manually. Unfortunatelly I tried finding the function with no result. It should be something like:
    attach($post_id, $attachment_id);
    I’d be grateful if somebody could help me.

    I need a function for deattaching. If someone knows it, please, let me know as well. If I have one of them I’ll find or write (if there isn’t built-in function) the second one by myself.


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  • I analyzed the DB and I noticed the attaching file is simply setting post_parent field in the row of the attachment.

    I’ve read I can’t set 2 parents for the post. Bad news for me.

    I wanted to attach one image to several posts. I think I can resolve it in other way. I can set custom field with the name of the file or simply with attachment_id.

    What do you think about it? Does anybody know any smarter ways to do it?

    I am very new to WordPress but I expect you can find what you want by following through what media_handle_upload() does in “wp-admin/includes/media.php”.

    Ultimately, you have to do the following to create the attachment:

    // Save the data
    	$id = wp_insert_attachment($attachment, $file, $post_id);
    	if ( !is_wp_error($id) ) {
    		wp_update_attachment_metadata( $id, wp_generate_attachment_metadata( $id, $file ) );

    Setting up the attachment array looks relatively straight forward since it is pulling mostly out the $_POST array which in your case would be replaced with the known values for the preset file you want to attach.


    Hi codegrunt,
    you’re right.
    wp_insert_attachment sets all what I need, but you have to add as the first argument an array. It isn’t necessery in my case, because my attachment has been already loaded to the DB. All I have to do is setting post_porent. If you want to dettach, you have to set post_parent to 0 (zero).

    But as I wrote in the second post – I can set only one parent of the attachment since the type of post_parent field is BIGINT. This way I answered by myself for my question from the first post and I stopped searching a proper function, but it’s very simple, even if you are to set it with $wpdb directly.

    My second question is if you know a good way to set many parents of one attachment. I think the best way would be setting custom_fields. You just has to use:
    add_post_meta($post_id, $meta_key, $meta_value, $unique);

    where the last optional argument $unique with default false allows you to set many meta values for one meta key. For instance:

    attached_image => image1.jpg
    attached_image => image2.jpg

    Then you can simply get it with:
    get_post_custom_values($key, $post_id);

    IMHO it’s the simplest way to set many images to many posts.

    I’d just ask you to confirm it or tell me some smarter way if you know any.

    wp_insert_attachment is good when you want to post ($_POST) your form.
    I use media_sideload_image($file, $post_id, $desc);, where file is simply URL, because I load images from another server. It’s a very convient function.

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