I upgraded from 1.7 to 1.9, and the drop down menu to select a shirt size is not showing on the product view page. I've disabled all extensions and set the site the default theme/package, and it still does not show. I've traced it back to the following line of code in gear/app/design/frontend/base/default/template/catalog/product/view/options.phtml

$_options = Mage::helper('core')->decorateArray($this->getOptions())

Basically $this->getOptions is returning an empty array. I can't figure out why. Has anyone experienced something similar? Bundle products work, I can choose options there, its just Configurable products that are not working.

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  • Does this work in the default theme? Dec 2, 2014 at 18:16
  • Nope, added image. Dec 2, 2014 at 18:50
  • It looks like you template has been modified, maybe your base theme has been modified? Dec 2, 2014 at 20:33
  • Base theme hasn't been modified, I'm using the base theme, as shown in the screenshot. Also, as I also mentioned the method that fetches the options, which is theme independant, returns an empty array, also indicated in the var_dump in the screenshot. Its not a theme issue. Dec 2, 2014 at 20:36
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    If you do a fresh install of Magento with your database it does the same thing? Dec 2, 2014 at 20:37

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Finally figured it out. Turns out it was an issue due to a block override in local.xml that I added for a new feature I'm working on in a different code branch, however, local.xml is ignored by Git, so the change persisted across all my branches, even my upgrade branch.


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