I have a product import routine which calls $this->productRepository->save($product); but it's failing with the following error:

Option values are not specified.

Exception trace:
() at /vendor/magento/module-configurable-product/Model/OptionRepository.php:271

I have checked the eav_attribute_option_value table and the attribute options all have values. What am I missing?


So after further digging, and comparing SQL dumps before/after saving through the admin area, it appears Magento replaces (deletes then inserts) the configurable option settings in the following tables:


Every time a configurable product is saved... Can anyone explain why this happens?

  • Is your import trying to add new options to a product attribute? The error is saying there are options but not values for those new options. Jan 27 '17 at 11:19
  • No, it's inserting a new Configurable with several Simple products attached.
    – James
    Jan 30 '17 at 9:04
  • I'm also having this issue on 2.1.2, if I am setting the values at a store level on a new product, the options dont appear in global, even though the attribute itself is global, not sure why its happening though.
    – DWils
    Mar 29 '17 at 0:22
  • hi, did you solve this? Nov 28 '17 at 14:38

Your configurable attribute isn't in product attribute set. Dont' forget to refresh yor cache after you add it to set.

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