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Method to get an array of nodes from a given node to its root.


getPath($pk=null, $diagnostic=false)
Parameter Name Default Value Description
$pk null Primary key of the node for which to get the path.
$diagnostic false Only select diagnostic data for the nested sets.


mixed Boolean false on failure or array of node objects on success.

Defined in[edit]



jimport( 'joomla.database.tablenested' );

Source Body[edit]

public function getPath($pk = null, $diagnostic = false)
        // Initialise variables.
        $k = $this->_tbl_key;
        $pk = (is_null($pk)) ? $this->$k : $pk;

        // Get the path from the node to the root.
        $select = ($diagnostic) ? 'SELECT p.'.$k.', p.parent_id, p.level, p.lft, p.rgt' : 'SELECT p.*';
                $select .
                ' FROM `'.$this->_tbl.'` AS n, `'.$this->_tbl.'` AS p' .
                ' WHERE n.lft BETWEEN p.lft AND p.rgt' .
                ' AND n.'.$k.' = '.(int) $pk .
                ' ORDER BY p.lft'
        $path = $this->_db->loadObjectList();

        // Check for a database error.
        if ($this->_db->getErrorNum()) {
                return false;

        return $path;


Code Examples[edit]