I created a simple hierarchy of attribute sets, basing each one on its parent attribute set, adding attributes in each level.

Now I discovered that one ancestor attribute set needed another attribute.

I went to the children of this ancestor after adding the attribute, and for my surprise the attribute isn't added to the children.

Is this intentional ? What am I missing ?


  • can you please update your code?
    – Keyul Shah
    Commented Feb 21, 2014 at 17:26
  • No code here, just using the backend.
    – Niloct
    Commented Feb 21, 2014 at 17:30
  • then one option reindex
    – Keyul Shah
    Commented Feb 21, 2014 at 17:31
  • I don't use this attribute for layered navigation, so indexing won't add this new attribute to children sets
    – Niloct
    Commented Feb 21, 2014 at 17:34
  • Then I don't know some one other guide you
    – Keyul Shah
    Commented Feb 21, 2014 at 17:36

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Attribute sets in Magento only use the Based On field for determining what attributes are a part of that set initially.

Unfortunately, once the attribute set creation has finished, there is no inheritance. You can see this fact if you look in the database in eav_attribute_set, and you will see there is no parent or based_on column.

You will need to manually add that attribute to any attribute set that is necessary.

  • Thanks for the precision. What about extensions that add this feature of inheritance ?
    – Niloct
    Commented Feb 21, 2014 at 17:48
  • I have looked, but haven't seen anything like this. Maybe this would be a good one to write... Please remember to mark this as an answer if it answers your original question. Commented Feb 21, 2014 at 17:50
  • Yes. It seems simple to add, but not immediate how to make the system recognize the inheritance tree.
    – Niloct
    Commented Feb 21, 2014 at 17:53
  • If you find this question interesting, up vote it too =)
    – Niloct
    Commented Feb 21, 2014 at 17:54

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