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retrieve_widgets() WP 2.8.0

Look for "lost" widgets, this has to run at least on each theme change.

  • Global. Array. $wp_registered_sidebars
  • Global. Array. $sidebars_widgets
  • Global. Array. $wp_registered_widgets

No Hooks.

Return

Array. Updated sidebars widgets.

Usage

retrieve_widgets( $theme_changed );
$theme_changed(string/true/false)
Whether the theme was changed as a boolean. A value of 'customize' defers updates for the Customizer.
Default: false

Code of retrieve widgets: wp-includes/widgets.php VER 5.0.3

<?php
function retrieve_widgets( $theme_changed = false ) {
	global $wp_registered_sidebars, $sidebars_widgets, $wp_registered_widgets;

	$registered_sidebars_keys = array_keys( $wp_registered_sidebars );
	$registered_widgets_ids   = array_keys( $wp_registered_widgets );

	if ( ! is_array( get_theme_mod( 'sidebars_widgets' ) ) )  {
		if ( empty( $sidebars_widgets ) ) {
			return array();
		}

		unset( $sidebars_widgets['array_version'] );

		$sidebars_widgets_keys = array_keys( $sidebars_widgets );
		sort( $sidebars_widgets_keys );
		sort( $registered_sidebars_keys );

		if ( $sidebars_widgets_keys === $registered_sidebars_keys ) {
			$sidebars_widgets = _wp_remove_unregistered_widgets( $sidebars_widgets, $registered_widgets_ids );

			return $sidebars_widgets;
		}
	}

	// Discard invalid, theme-specific widgets from sidebars.
	$sidebars_widgets = _wp_remove_unregistered_widgets( $sidebars_widgets, $registered_widgets_ids );
	$sidebars_widgets = wp_map_sidebars_widgets( $sidebars_widgets );

	// Find hidden/lost multi-widget instances.
	$shown_widgets = call_user_func_array( 'array_merge', $sidebars_widgets );
	$lost_widgets  = array_diff( $registered_widgets_ids, $shown_widgets );

	foreach ( $lost_widgets as $key => $widget_id ) {
		$number = preg_replace( '/.+?-([0-9]+)$/', '$1', $widget_id );

		// Only keep active and default widgets.
		if ( is_numeric( $number ) && (int) $number < 2 ) {
			unset( $lost_widgets[ $key ] );
		}
	}
	$sidebars_widgets['wp_inactive_widgets'] = array_merge( $lost_widgets, (array) $sidebars_widgets['wp_inactive_widgets'] );

	if ( 'customize' !== $theme_changed ) {
		wp_set_sidebars_widgets( $sidebars_widgets );
	}

	return $sidebars_widgets;
}