I am working on site where i have to listen for the matching events and run code according to that event.when print the code in observer

print_r($observer->getEvent()->getControllerAction()->getFullActionName());. I got the events name like ( customer_account_loginPost,customer_account_login,catalog_category_view,checkout_cart_add). But when i check the event list (on different webistes like magentocommerce,nickysys ) for the events name they are different like(customer_login,add_to_cart_before etc) and also my captured events name are not there

. How can i map these events with each other.I am confuse about the events names.

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You are not outputting the event names with print_r($observer->getEvent()->getControllerAction()->getFullActionName());

You are outputting the ACTION NAMES, in controllers, that the event is from.

for example: customer_account_loginPost is module customer, controller account, and method loginPost in that controller.

To get the list of events that get run during a page load, edit app/mage.php and in the method dispatchEvent echo out the $name variable.

  • But i want to get event name in observer.How can do that ? Oct 8, 2013 at 6:53
  • Why would you need to do that? You are already in the event, thus why would you need the name of the event? The only reason I can phantom you are needing this is that you are using the same method for all your events? Anyways - the event name can be found using the call $observer->getEvent()->getName()
    – ProxiBlue
    Oct 8, 2013 at 7:52
  • GetName shows current event name.I want to listen for the events in my observer .Like if someone click on add to cart then i got add_to_cat event.I want to do it in my observer.Hopes you got my point. Oct 8, 2013 at 10:38
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    Ok, You are misunderstanding how the events work / what they are. Please read this: solvingmagento.com/events-and-observers-a-magento-tutorial
    – ProxiBlue
    Oct 8, 2013 at 13:56

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