I am configuring a product out of stock notification / alert, and I'm having an issue with localization / translation (pt_BR) in Magento CE

The email/productalert/stock.phtml block isn't being translated when called by cron job. Nevertheless, when I call /productalert/add/testObserver it gets translated!

I am certain that when called by cron:

  1. Module name is Mage_ProductAlert;
  2. Mage::getStoreConfig('general/locale/code', Mage::app()->getStore()->getId()); equals pt_BR;
  3. $locale = Mage::app()->getLocale()->getLocaleCode(); equals the same, pt_BR;

Any hints ? This is happening in core code, without any out of stock extensions.


2 Answers 2


Well, this is a bug indeed, but I came up with a fix!

The problem is that Mage_Core_Model_Translate translator isn't initialized by cron.php, since this script doesn't load() translate application area...

The fix is to initialize the translator after emulation, on Mage_ProductAlert_Model_Email::send:

$initialEnvironmentInfo = $appEmulation->startEnvironmentEmulation($storeId);

//Dealing with uninitialized translator!
Mage::app()->getTranslator()->init('frontend', true);

I filled a bug with Magento so probably soon this patch will not be needed.

  • Patched in lasted version of Magento 1.9.x.
    – GiDo
    Commented Dec 2, 2015 at 21:31
  • I found a similair issue with Mage_Sales_Model_Order_Shipment::sendEmail(). Thanks for the hint. It fix my issue!
    – GiDo
    Commented Dec 2, 2015 at 21:32

I think cronjobs run in admin store.

You could try a store emulation:

$emulation = Mage::getModel('core/app_emulation');
$oldEnvironment = $emulation->startEnvironmentEmulation(

//do the stuff

  • You may be right! Mage::app()->addEventArea('crontab'); is set on cron.php. There must be a reason for that...
    – Niloct
    Commented Jul 1, 2014 at 13:04
  • I changed cron.php, added your snippet, and also added a Mage::log to Mage_Core_Model_app::dispatchEvent, $area is being assigned global, or crontab, but not frontend. The translation still doesn't work.
    – Niloct
    Commented Jul 1, 2014 at 13:34
  • Magento uses this for sending order mails from the admin area. It just changes the design and the translations, not the current area. Have a look in \Mage_Sales_Model_Order::sendNewOrderEmail for this example. Did you instantiate the block after setting the environment emulation?
    – Thorsten
    Commented Jul 1, 2014 at 13:51
  • I just noticed that the Mage_ProductAlert_Model_Email::send around line 255 already was doing what you've suggested.
    – Niloct
    Commented Jul 1, 2014 at 14:49

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