I am overriding the forgotPasswordPostAction function in Mage_Customer_AccountController. This works well, I can call the function with a URL like that:


Now I added a testAction function to the same controller, but I cant call it by URL, I always get forwarded to the login page (http://domain.com/whatever/index.php/customer/account/login/). Why? Can I define exceptions from that behaviour?


  • you added testAction in your module's controller.Please provide your controller file for reference ? Commented Jul 8, 2014 at 16:26
  • share your code which you tried Commented Jul 8, 2014 at 17:41

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It has to do with the preDispatch method in the AccountController.

public function preDispatch()
    $action = $this->getRequest()->getActionName();
    $openActions = array(
    $pattern = '/^(' . implode('|', $openActions) . ')/i';

    if (!preg_match($pattern, $action)) {
        if (!$this->_getSession()->authenticate($this)) {
        $this->setFlag('', 'no-dispatch', true);
    } else {

If you add your test method to the $openActions array it will be allowed. Now it gets redirected to login as stated in the if-else

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