Magento does not get the information from the default value for several config settings. We recently added a new website and store, maybe it's related somehow.

For example the timezone is not retrieved correctly. We set Europe/Berlin as default value, but our German store does not read from it. It returns null.

Here our configuration for default: Default

And here for our German website German:

The configurations in our database seem to be correct as well. The entries for general/locale/timezone in core_config_data:

7435websites12general/locale/timezoneEurope/Berlin 3909websites10general/locale/timezoneAtlantic/Reykjavik 3407websites8general/locale/timezoneEurope/Berlin 7436websites1general/locale/timezoneEurope/Berlin 543default0general/locale/timezoneEurope/Berlin

However when I run the following code to retrieve the data, it returns NULLwhile I expected Europe/Berlin:

var_dump(Mage::getStoreConfig('general/locale/timezone', 3));
  • Can you share the locale options tab for your German Website? Also what's the scope of "Germany" is it a Website a Store or a Storeview ? Commented Oct 5, 2017 at 10:35
  • The locale tab for the german website is in the 2nd sceenshot of the question. And the score is website.
    – Paul
    Commented Oct 5, 2017 at 11:21

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I found the cause after debugging how Mangento builds it's configuration. A plugin created entries in the core_config_data table for a store, but put the scope to default.

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  • Can you elaborate what exactly the issue was? I am running into a similar problem but can't exactly figure out how you solved yours.
    – Louis B.
    Commented Oct 1, 2018 at 9:44
  • As you can see in above's screenshot. The scope is et to default, while the score_id is referring to a store_id. So check the core_config_data table if scores and scope_id's are matching correctly.
    – Paul
    Commented Oct 3, 2018 at 7:41

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