As I know it, magento only ads a -1 when creating or editing a url that already exists, in order to not have duplicate urls.

But this time magento ads a -1 to categories out of the blue, without editing the categories. For example yesterday I checked all my categories in the menu, and none of them had links with -1, but today some of them have -1 in urls when checking the menu.

Why would this happen?

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Because the url rewrite already exists, when the indexer checked it.

  1. You created it yourself
  2. a product uses the URL
  3. a category uses the URL
  4. another module created the URL
  • yeah, I suspect a module, because no one touched the categories and products have a very different url structure. Magento ads a -1 because there is already a rewrite redirect in place from category.html to category-1.html. Who does this rewrite, I don't know, but I suspect a module. Commented Jun 4, 2015 at 10:42
  • This happens, when magento thinks, that you renamed the category - don't ask me how this happens, no clue Commented Jun 4, 2015 at 11:16

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