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Swanny
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Fake PM Notifications

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So I've had this problem for a while now and I need help fixing it. Someone tried forwarding two PMs to me (I'm admin) and they never reached my inbox. But I do see the "2" notification circle and I can't get rid of it:
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Now if you go look in the database, you can see the entries but I can't delete them! They are the ones with msg_id of zero:
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How on earth can I delete these 4 invalid lines in the phpbb_privmsgs_to table?? As you can see at the top of that second screenshot it says "Current selection does not contain a unique column. Grid edit, checkbox, Edit, Copy and Delete features are not available." so it appears I can't actually delete them.
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Re: Fake PM Notifications

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Firstly I'd check where the messages ended up in phpbb_privmsgs, has that table also got a row with msg_id of 0? If not, can you find the msg_id of the correct row?

I'll mention that its normal for that table to have no unique column (and hence grid editing disabled).

It is worrying that a msg_id of 0 was created and that may be indicative of another underlying problem (or perhaps just an unfortunate time-out).
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Re: Fake PM Notifications

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Wirral Talk wrote:
Tue May 28, 2019 4:30 am
Firstly I'd check where the messages ended up in phpbb_privmsgs, has that table also got a row with msg_id of 0? If not, can you find the msg_id of the correct row?
There are no rows in phpbb_privmsgs with a msg_id of 0.

Any ideas on what SQL command I can write to delete the 0 entries in phpbb_privmsmgs_to ? Could I write something like:

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DELETE * FROM phpbb_privmsgs_to WHERE 'mod_id' = 0;
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Yes, but you don't need the "*". Backup that table first.
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Re: Fake PM Notifications

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Thanks, I'll give it a try. I may make a test copy of that table and try it there first now that I think about it.
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Re: Fake PM Notifications

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Thanks! It worked, I cleared the cache but that circle 2 disappeared! 8-)

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DELETE FROM `phpbb_privmsgs_to` WHERE `msg_id` = '0';
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