Cannot Save a Magento Category with over 1000 Products – max_input_variable

created October 25, 2012, last updated October 25, 2012.

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Today I discovered a Magento category that would not update. When I tried to update the category properties and save the category the ‘please wait’ dialog box remained on the screen indefinitely.

My error report alerting extension alerted me via email that there were new error reports in /var/report.

The error report showed :

“Warning: parse_str() [<a href=’function.parse-str’>function.parse-str</a>]: Input variables exceeded 1000. To increase the limit change max_input_vars in php.ini.”

I edited my apache php.ini and added


Restarted apache and I was able to update and save my category again. Note that the max_input_variable property was not present in php.ini, I had to manually add it.



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