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I believe we are not able to delete some pages/component after publishing all because we are turning publications on/off. Although I have unpublish from all current publications, it still says it is published to somewhere when trying to delete. If there a way where I can delete those pages/components (without going to DB using SQL)?

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    Nick provides the publication target approach. At least for SDL Tridion 2009 and 2011, Chris Summers and Frank van Puffelen describe how to do the same with code. – Alvin Reyes Mar 27 '15 at 1:09
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Yes there is a way. Tridion 2013 has a feature to decommission publishing targets. However, since your question is regarding Tridion 2011 SP1, you can resort to a technique where you fake the publication target to which your page is published to. Tanner Brine explains this technique here: http://www.tridiondeveloper.com/tricking-tridion-into-unpublishing-content-from-dead-targets

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  • The solution seems fine but it is also quite time consuming, especially if we have changed many publications (add/remove/change). I am hoping there is some thing simpler but I am less optimistic there is a simple solution now. – charles Mar 28 '15 at 0:06
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Thanks Alvin for pointing out the solution using code. I think I like this solution better https://stackoverflow.com/questions/11327484/how-to-set-ispublishedto-status-on-a-tridion-component

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