I've installed a third party module, and a specific one of it's blocks was not added via the layout file, and was instead just initialised within the template.

I now wish to make a slight layout adjustment to it, so is there a way I can reference this block in my local.xml file, even though it doesn't have a reference name in the same way that a layout enabled blocks does?

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The short answer is no.

Changes in local.xml are processed during loadLayout, if they are instantiating a block from inside a template, this isn't happening until renderLayout, which occurs after the fact. Depending on the extension / what you are trying to achieve there may be a way around it, such as rewriting the block to inject the behaviour you want.

  • Thanks for this. I'm trying to execute a specific action on the block, but I suppose I can do this in a different place; though it will require modification of the module.
    – Dan Hanly
    Commented Mar 5, 2015 at 10:39
  • Depending on what the action does, your best bet would probably be to rewrite the block and call it as part of the constructor / whatever method they call in the template. Instantiation of blocks in templates is very annoying in distributed modules, I can't think of a good reason for this to be required (though I'm sure there are some edge cases). Commented Mar 5, 2015 at 10:49

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