Based on all evidence gathered there is a major bug in Spring '17 involving Custom Metadata Types and picklist values: what SOQL returns is different than what's saved in the database.

To reenact:

  • go to a sandbox org (where Spring '17 has been activated)
  • create a Custom Metadata Type, and add a picklist field with these values:
    • 1
    • 1 or more
    • 2
  • add a new entry and put "1 or more" for the picklist value
  • open up Developer Console, then run a query against the Custom Metadata Type:
    • SELECT MyPicklist__c FROM MyCMT__mdt
    • you will notice the value "2" is returned instead of "1 or more"

Take a look here:

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Has anyone else noticed this?

  • Do you mean to say, you are filtering by 1 or more in query and still getting 2?
    – Ashwani
    Jan 10, 2017 at 4:31
  • @Ashwani yes. The outcome is the same if I don't have any filters in the query.
    – Mossi
    Jan 10, 2017 at 4:35
  • You do not need to run any query. If we can create a view with all columns it can be noticed Jan 10, 2017 at 4:40
  • In my case, view itself showing wrong value. I have created a view taking all columns of custom meta data types, it is not taking "1 or more" instead taking 2 Jan 10, 2017 at 4:44
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    We're looking into this now. Jan 10, 2017 at 18:57

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You can track this bug at https://success.salesforce.com/issues_view?id=a1p3A000000eshdQAA

It's scheduled to be fixed in the next patch release.

We've identified the exact set of circumstances that cause this to appear. Suppose you have n picklist values. If one of those picklist values is a number m < n, and that value is not the m th value created, you will see this bug when you try to query for the m th value.

For example: The picklist with values "2", "a" will hit this bug (if you create these values as part of creating the picklist), because the *1*st picklist value is 2. "1", "a" wouldn't have this problem; nor would "a", "2".

In your specific case, it's that the value of the 3rd picklist item is "2", and 3 != 2.

So, while we still regard this as a critical bug for us to fix, it won't impact every picklist.

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    Glad to see the people who are working on this stuff monitoring this forum.
    – Adrian Larson
    Jan 12, 2017 at 20:28
  • We try. It's not the best way to reach us (probably a case is), but I'm on top of it as much as I can be. Jan 12, 2017 at 20:30
  • Indeed. The more channels the better. A lot of folks that surface problems on these forums don't have the ability to open a case, though. It goes both ways and you guys are doing a great job.
    – Adrian Larson
    Jan 12, 2017 at 20:34
  • +1 Thanks for explaining the reason. It sounds like, it is affect the alphabets as well? I will have to check my 39 custom metadata types ;(
    – Ashwani
    Jan 12, 2017 at 20:34
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    It only affects picklists containing entries that are just numbers. The affected entry may be alphabetical, but if you have no numeric entries in a picklist you should be safe. Please let us know if that still causes problems for you; if it does it's a separate issue. Jan 12, 2017 at 20:57

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