I'm making some changes on the following file: app/design/frontend/base/default/template/email/order/items/order/default.phtml

and what I need is to check if there's a custom trasactional email template used, and if it is, I'd like to get it's ID. (System > Transactional Emails)

I have no idea how to do this! Could you please help me?

EDIT : SOLUTION (based on Marius suggestions)

In file addp/design/frontend/base/default/layout/sales.xml, after <sales_email_order_items>...</sales_email_order_items> I added the following code

    <block type="sales/order_email_items" name="items" template="email/order/items.phtml">
        <action method="addItemRender"><type>default</type><block>sales/order_email_items_order_default</block><template>email/order/items/order/default_duplicate.phtml</template></action>
        <action method="addItemRender"><type>grouped</type><block>sales/order_email_items_order_grouped</block><template>email/order/items/order/default_duplicate.phtml</template></action>
        <block type="sales/order_totals" name="order_totals" template="sales/order/totals.phtml">
            <action method="setLabelProperties"><value>colspan="3" align="right" style="padding:3px 9px"</value></action>
            <action method="setValueProperties"><value>align="right" style="padding:3px 9px"</value></action>
            <block type="tax/sales_order_tax" name="tax" template="tax/order/tax.phtml">
                <action method="setIsPlaneMode"><value>1</value></action>
    <block type="core/text_list" name="additional.product.info" />

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The template is not aware of the email template that is calling it.
If your template needs to look differently based on the e-mail, you need to use 2 templates for 2 different emails.
I mean instead of using in both of them

 {{layout handle="some_handle_here"}}

in both of them, you need to use in the section one something like this:

 {{layout handle="some_other_handle_here"}}

and create the new layout handle in one of your layout files and use a different template file.

  • Right now the template use this handler: {{layout handle="sales_email_order_items" order=$order}}
    – zekia
    Sep 16, 2014 at 8:10
  • But if change handler should I create another .phtml file? Can you give me more information?
    – zekia
    Sep 16, 2014 at 8:11
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    @ktsixit. If you create a other handle you need to create a new phtml file also. Actually clone the sales_email_order_items into an other layout handle, and inside it change the reference to /email/order/items/order/default.phtml to a new template you create. Again clone the template and do your needed changed.
    – Marius
    Sep 16, 2014 at 8:14
  • please check the question edits. Is that solution correct?
    – zekia
    Sep 16, 2014 at 8:50
  • Seams ok at a first glance. Now you have to use the layout handle in your email template sales_email_order_items_dupl: {{layout handle="sales_email_order_items_dupl" order=$order}}
    – Marius
    Sep 16, 2014 at 8:52

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