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IDProjectCategoryView StatusLast Update
16334Bug reportsConditionspublic2022-04-11 13:40
ReporterJelle_S Assigned Togalads  
Status closedResolutionreopened 
Product Version4.2.4 
Fixed in Version5.2.x 
Summary16334: Condition editor: previous question not available

.lss file attached

In this survey, when using the condition editor for question G09Q63 (in group "Algemene evaluatie"), the previous question (G06Q33) is not available to base the conditions on, not sure what the cause is.

Even weirder, in the condition editor of G06Q33 (first of the two), the next question (G09Q63) is available. So the condition editor seems to think the order of those two questions is reversed.

Steps To Reproduce

Import the .lss file
Navigate to the condition editor of question G09Q63
Question G06Q33 is not available in the list of previous questions

Navigate to the condition editor of question G06Q33
Question G09Q63 is available in the list of previous questions

TagsNo tags attached.
Bug heat26
Complete LimeSurvey version number (& build)4.2.7+200604
I will donate to the project if issue is resolvedNo
Database type & versionmariadb Ver 15.1 Distrib 10.1.43-MariaDB, for debian-linux-gnu (x86_64) using readline 5.2, DB version 426
Server OS (if known)
Webserver software & version (if known)
PHP VersionPHP 7.2.24-0ubuntu0.18.04.4


related to 17968 closedgabrieljenik conditions designer does not show the right questions to select 
related to 17988 closedgabrieljenik Order of questions in condition designer is arbitrarily / not logical 
related to 16453 closed Sometimes we get duplicate question_orders on new questions 
related to 16454 closedgabrieljenik Sometimes, question_order is assigned from survey_id 




2020-05-27 10:36




2020-06-03 13:17

reporter   ~58156

Fix committed to master branch:



2020-06-03 13:37

reporter   ~58158

@thedirtypanda That fix seems to only change labels, no logic? The commit seems unrelated



2020-06-03 16:17

developer   ~58159

Its not fixed. Currently @p_teichmann is working on this issue.It was my fault, cause I took the wrong mantis id. Just wait.



2020-06-04 12:32

administrator   ~58179

Fixed in Release 4.2.7+200604



2020-06-04 13:00

reporter   ~58180

The bot closed this because of the wrong mantis id. Re-opening



2020-06-25 15:51

manager   ~58472

Last edited: 2020-06-25 15:54

Please find below what we have seen from this bug:


The following are not causes, but influentiators in the situation that makes things confusing
1 - Sometimes we get duplicate question_orders (on new questions)
2 - Sometimes, question_order is assigned from survey_id


The cause (from our point o view):
Ordering algorithm while fetching questions for left side bar (surveyadmin.php::567 - getAjaxQuestionGroupArray) is different than the one used for fetching questions for condition manager (conditionsaction.php::1309 - getQuestionRows).
As we are dealing with duplicate question_orders, that differen derived algorithm difference derived on different ordering results.
When user sees ordering on left side bar false expectations are created in what it should be show on the condition editor.

Our suggested solution?

  • Reorder the questions as to refresh the question_order.
  • Fix situations 1 and 2.
  • Review this happening on v3 (code seems to be the same)

Why not applying a fix in the order criteria?

We thought about adding QID as second order criteria, as to have that when question_order is duplicate.
Still, there are already lots of DBs already with duplicates, so doing that may change unexpectedly the order.
So, fixing the order criteria could be good on a different LS version, when people are aware that some changes may happen.



2020-07-06 11:57

administrator   ~58692

As we are dealing with duplicate question_orders, that differen derived algorithm difference derived on different ordering results.

What does this mean? :D

Would removing the code duplication fix the issue?



2020-07-10 20:53

manager   ~58906

Last edited: 2020-07-10 20:54

Would removing the code duplication fix the issue?

Yes. A workaround would be reordering the questions.
Then the problem would be solved.

And of course not having duplicates will avoid the issue



2021-03-19 10:03

administrator   ~63456

I think that the deciding factor is how the order is done when the survey is executed.
That way of ordering should apply everywhere.

@gabrieljenik Would that be easy to fix?



2021-03-25 17:04

manager   ~63619

Question editor is working fine now.
(There were some fixes about the order)

Still, some data may be still corrupted, as on this case.
We could add a check on the data integrity report? As for fixing, we could trigger some fix from there.
I would start by the data integrity check



2021-04-16 16:20

manager   ~63992

As data integrity check about order was already there, we just reinforce the message :)



2022-03-17 19:33

reporter   ~68720

I am having a similar problem with a long survey in LS 5.3.4, not sure if I should submit a different bug report.

When going to the condition designer, not all the previous questions are shown under "Previous questions" tab, and the ones showing seem to be out of order. Even more, an existing condition for the same question, added a few months ago, shows "Variable not found: 225835X73112X963563" when listed inside the condition designer (screenshots attached).

Going to "Reorder questions & groups" and saving doesn't fix the problem. Checking the logic of the survey returns with no issues found.


question_summary.png (261,417 bytes)


2022-03-18 22:30

reporter   ~68741

The problem I am seeing is mostly described in




2022-04-11 13:39

administrator   ~68985

This bug is already fixed lastweek:

I am closing this bug report.

Related Changesets

LimeSurvey: master ce2fb6db

2020-06-02 13:21:57


Details Diff
Fixed issue 16334: Group list menu under Survey menu: Titles of the page are not proper Affected Issues
mod - application/views/admin/survey/QuestionGroups/listquestiongroups.php Diff File

Issue History

Date Modified Username Field Change
2020-05-27 10:36 Jelle_S New Issue
2020-05-27 10:36 Jelle_S File Added: limesurvey_survey_447755.lss
2020-05-27 13:53 ollehar Summary Question editor: previous question not available => Condition editor: previous question not available
2020-05-27 17:13 user225042 Priority none => high
2020-05-27 17:13 user225042 Status new => confirmed
2020-05-27 17:13 user225042 Zoho Sprints => |Yes|
2020-05-27 17:13 swendrich Zoho Sprints ID => 14469000000105001
2020-06-02 12:12 JHoeck Assigned To => JHoeck
2020-06-02 12:12 JHoeck Status confirmed => assigned
2020-06-02 12:55 JHoeck Assigned To JHoeck =>
2020-06-02 12:59 cdorin Assigned To => p_teichmann
2020-06-02 12:59 cdorin Status assigned => confirmed
2020-06-02 12:59 cdorin Zoho Sprints Yes => |Yes|
2020-06-03 13:17 thedirtypanda Changeset attached => LimeSurvey master ce2fb6db
2020-06-03 13:17 thedirtypanda Note Added: 58156
2020-06-03 13:37 Jelle_S Note Added: 58158
2020-06-03 16:17 JHoeck Note Added: 58159
2020-06-04 12:32 lime_release_bot Zoho Sprints Yes => |Yes|
2020-06-04 12:32 lime_release_bot Note Added: 58179
2020-06-04 12:32 lime_release_bot Status confirmed => closed
2020-06-04 12:32 lime_release_bot Resolution open => fixed
2020-06-04 13:00 Jelle_S Status closed => feedback
2020-06-04 13:00 Jelle_S Resolution fixed => reopened
2020-06-04 13:00 Jelle_S Complete LimeSurvey version number (& build) 4.2.4+200520 => 4.2.7+200604
2020-06-04 13:00 Jelle_S Note Added: 58180
2020-06-25 15:51 gabrieljenik Note Added: 58472
2020-06-25 15:54 gabrieljenik Note Edited: 58472
2020-07-02 17:50 gabrieljenik Relationship added related to 16453
2020-07-02 17:59 gabrieljenik Relationship added related to 16454
2020-07-06 11:57 ollehar Note Added: 58692
2020-07-10 20:53 gabrieljenik Note Added: 58906
2020-07-10 20:54 gabrieljenik Note Edited: 58906
2020-12-22 16:05 cdorin Assigned To p_teichmann =>
2021-03-19 10:03 c_schmitz Note Added: 63456
2021-03-25 17:04 gabrieljenik Note Added: 63619
2021-04-16 16:20 gabrieljenik Note Added: 63992
2022-03-17 19:33 segui Note Added: 68720
2022-03-17 19:33 segui File Added: question_summary.png
2022-03-17 19:33 segui File Added: inside_condition_designer.png
2022-03-17 19:33 segui Bug heat 14 => 16
2022-03-17 20:07 guest Bug heat 16 => 22
2022-03-18 22:30 segui Note Added: 68741
2022-03-28 17:54 skonaki Issue Monitored: skonaki
2022-03-28 17:54 skonaki Bug heat 22 => 24
2022-03-31 12:13 Mazi Relationship added related to 17968
2022-03-31 12:13 Mazi Relationship added related to 17988
2022-04-11 13:39 galads Note Added: 68985
2022-04-11 13:39 galads Bug heat 24 => 26
2022-04-11 13:40 galads Assigned To => galads
2022-04-11 13:40 galads Status feedback => closed
2022-04-11 13:40 galads Fixed in Version => 5.2.x