Magento limit admin products

I'm currently in the process of messing about with Magento, and I'm just wondering if anyone knows where I can modify the collection that is used for Mage_Adminhtml_Catalog_ProductController (app/code/core/Mage/Adminhtml/controllers/Catalog/ProductController.php)? Which method am I rewriting/creating to change the products to show?

EDIT1: I'd rather have a way of using observers, I.e. which event do I need to apply my code to?

EDIT2: best to add here what I'm trying to achieve; I've added an extra attribute to products which holds which admin added that specific product. Now In the admin panel, when a user views the list of products, they only see the products where the that attribute is their admin id.

EDIT3: I just stumbled upon catalog_product_load_after event observer, and I'm not sure if this is the right one, but this is what I have:


<?xml version="1.0"?>
            <catalog_product_load_after> <!-- Name of Event -->
                    <load_after> <!-- Any Unique Identifier -->
                        <class>Drench_Admindetails_Model_Observer</class> <!-- Over Model Class -->
                        <method>loadAfter</method> <!-- name of function -->

and Model/Observer.php

class Drench_Admindetails_Model_Observer{
    public function loadAfter(){
        fb('testasd'); // this just a firephp call


You could listen to catalog_product_collection_load_before or catalog_product_collection_load_after.

To find the event you're interested in, use Alan Storm's technique: edit app/Mage.php dispatchEvent() method, adding this line at the beginning:

Mage::log('Event: ' . $name, null, 'events.log');

This will write all events in an /var/log/events.log file. I'd put a link to Alan's original post, but I can't find it right now: if anyone find it I'll update my answer.

The quickest method is to copy this file


into your local scope and add new filter to _prepareCollection() function.

However this may not be upgrade-friendly. For an upgrade-firendly solution I suggest to create a new Magento module and append filter to _prepareCollection() function there.

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