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This function’s access is marked private. This means it is not intended for use by plugin or theme developers, only in other core functions. It is listed here for completeness.

Deletes orphaned draft menu items


function _wp_delete_orphaned_draft_menu_items() {
	global $wpdb;

	$delete_timestamp = time() - ( DAY_IN_SECONDS * EMPTY_TRASH_DAYS );

	// Delete orphaned draft menu items.
	$menu_items_to_delete = $wpdb->get_col(
			"SELECT ID FROM $wpdb->posts AS p
			LEFT JOIN $wpdb->postmeta AS m ON p.ID = m.post_id
			WHERE post_type = 'nav_menu_item' AND post_status = 'draft'
			AND meta_key = '_menu_item_orphaned' AND meta_value < %d",

	foreach ( (array) $menu_items_to_delete as $menu_item_id ) {
		wp_delete_post( $menu_item_id, true );



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