I have a paragraph called Boxes which is a parent paragraph referencing to many paragraphs of type Box. I have written the preprocess function of paragraph Boxes which contains some logic that can't be done elsewhere. The result of that code is stocked in a variable called custom_color_weight.

I wanna access this variable in the box paragraph template but I can't move the code that yielded that variable's value outside the preprocess boxes function.

I was searching for a way to pass the variable from preprocess boxes to the preprocess box and hence to the template of the box paragraph Is there any way to do it?

Ps : I can't use getParentEntity in the preprocess Box function to get each time the parent Boxes entity and calculate the value of custom_color right there because that way I will be loading the parent paragarph entity multiple times as I have multiple nested paragraphs of type Box inside the paragraph Boxes.

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getParentEntity() is not the problem, it always returns a reference to the same instance. There you could use a bundle class to calculate and store the value. See this change record:


Then you can replace both preprocess hooks by calling the bundle class method directly from the child Twig template

{{ paragraph.getparententity.getcustomcolor }}

where getCustomColor() is a method of the parent bundle class.

  • But if i use getParententity it doesn't load the parent paragraph again and again ? I didn't understand how it just returns a reference :) Thankk you Oct 18, 2023 at 5:29
  • In drupal 9 and 10 getParentEntity loads the parent entity before returning it Oct 18, 2023 at 5:37
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    Entity objects are cached in memory and loading the entity again returns the cached instance. This is based on PHP passing objects always by reference.
    – 4uk4
    Oct 18, 2023 at 6:53

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