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Ticket: Conflict between Custom System Messages and Low Variables Early Parsed Variables

Status Resolved
Add-on / Version Custom System Messages 2.5
Severity Critical
EE Version 2.9.2

Boiler Room Digital

Jan 21, 2015

I was getting a White Screen instead of the Custom System Messages in all circumstances where I would expect an error. Triggering the error with some debugging enabled, I saw this:

Fatal error: Maximum execution time of 90 seconds exceeded in /path/to/system/expressionengine/core/EE_Security.php on line 185

Sometimes the error would be in the database file system/codeigniter/system/DB-driver.php instead, seemingly randomly.

I tried disabling all Extensions, and narrowed it down to Low Variables. I disabled Early Parsing of Low Variables and found that I could see the errors again, so there is something about Early Parsed Low Variables and CSM that don’t get along.

Lastly, I simplified my Error templates, removing any Early Parsed Low Variables, but left that setting enabled in the LV settings, and CSM then worked without a problem.

I found this link with a bit of Googling, but I guess it is out of date, but it could be that the problem has re-occurred.

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