I have been asked to make a seemingly simple change to a magento product page but I am having trouble tracking down the file.

The file template/catalog/product/view.phtml contains the line

echo $this->getChildHtml('product_additional_data')

I want to change the child html (or at least see it to find out if it is the file I'm after) but I can't find where it's coming from.

I have looked at the catalog.xml file and it contains the following block:

<block type="catalog/product_view_additional" name="product.info.additional" as="product_additional_data" />

Should it not have a template="something.phtml" attribute to tell me where to go?

It displays (I think) a table with tabs for "Product Description", "Additional Information" and "Product's Reviews".



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Often block will have default templates set in the block. In your example this is the case.

If you look in the file Mage_Catalog_Block_Product_View_Additional you will see the setting of the template.

public function __construct()

A great way of finding these template is by setting template hints via the admin.


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