I want to set specific page size for one category, I do this in Custom Layout Update this way:

<reference name="product_list_toolbar">
    <action method="addPagerLimit"><limit>2</limit></action>
    <action method="setDefaultGridPerPage"><limit>2</limit></action>
    <action method="setDefaultListPerPage"><limit>2</limit></action>

It works as intended - default limit is 2, but when I change the limit in other category (e.g. to 9) it is now current limit. Probably limits are stored in users session.

I would like to override current limit in this particular category, to be 2 all the time. I tried methods setCurrentLimit and setLimit but both doesn't work.

  • Your solution is not perfect, because of hardcoded category IDs, but still better than mine. I just tweaked it to use Custom Layout Update xml and is perfect.
    – mkutyba
    Apr 24 '15 at 8:27
  • i didnt say you need to acxept my answer in fact. If you feel, your answer is better, please accept yours itself. second my extension is intended for developers and not for merchants. its an experiment. I think you at least study how can do this in better way and that is what I want. :) Apr 24 '15 at 9:02

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I did it by overriding Mage_Catalog_Block_Product_List_Toolbar and creating method setCurrentLimitValue:

public function setCurrentLimitValue($limit)
    $this->setData('_current_limit', $limit);

Then in Custom Layout Update for category I added:

<action method="setCurrentLimitValue"><limit>2</limit></action>

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