Given a Blueprint structure:

400 Branded Site Master

500 Branded Site A

500 Branded Site B

with pages created at the 400 level and specific Components localized at 500 (e.g. "contact us" for a specific brand). All these publications are using the same deployer, with different directories specified in their publication data.

We are facing the following unusual situation:

  • When contact_us.xhtml is published from 600 Branded Site B, it is deleted from 600 Branded Site A
  • When contact_us.xhtml is published from 600 Branded Site A, it is deleted from 600 Branded Site B

The problem here - to be clear - is that publishing from either publication should not delete a file from the filesystem of the other publication!

The deployer configuration here is:

    <Storage Type="filesystem"
        <Root Path="/path/to/deployment/directory"/>
    <Storage Type="filesystem"
        <Root Path="/path/to/deployment/directory/data"/>
<ItemTypes defaultStorageId="data" cached="false">
    <Item typeMapping="Binary" cached="false" storageId="filesystem"/>
    <Item typeMapping="ComponentPresentation"
    <Item typeMapping="Page" cached="false" storageId="filesystem"/>

Tridion in this case is outputting flat HTML content, which are essentially file includes for an application. There are no dynamic links, everything is flat, static, traditional pages, i.e. target language="none". And because of that, it was deemed - by the third party developers - that there was no need for a database.

I can resolve the issue (in dev) by using a database as default storage, but there won't be one in production for this set of sites.

Tridion version is 2011 and is using the Java CDE. Is there anything obviously wrong in this configuration / set up? It seems an "unusual" behaviour for what seems to be an allowed configuration!

  • Just to clarify - when you say it is 'deleting' do you mean it's overwriting - or are these is different folders and the file in the alternate publication / physical folder is being removed? Commented Nov 23, 2015 at 15:15
  • It's the latter. If I publish "Brand A" then files appear in brand_a/pages. If I publish the same files in "Brand B", then files appear in brand_b/pages and brand_a/pages disappears from the filesystem. Commented Nov 23, 2015 at 15:32
  • Per your question"with pages created at the 400 level"; Are you having Pages created in the "400 Branded Site Master Layer"? Are the same pages localized too in the 600 layer? If pages are created in the master layer, what happens if you publish 400 layer with "Also Publish/Unpublish to child publications" during publishing?
    – Shiva
    Commented Nov 23, 2015 at 17:01
  • Odd indeed Dave. You've no event system code running in the background that could be 'tidying up'? If you physically remove the file - is there anything in the logs to indicate 'file not found to delete'? Commented Nov 23, 2015 at 19:20

2 Answers 2


it might be related to the defaultFilesystem flag in the cd_Storage_conf.xml. The standard sample of the cd_Storage_conf.xml has one location set to true for this flag. This flag creates a folder per publication and so separating the pages/items per publication.

  • This could be it. The only way I can think of this happening is if the metadata is telling Tridion that it is the same page - which would happen if the metadata is all stored in the same location, without a "publication separator". Worth testing for sure, check the default storage config.
    – Nuno Linhares
    Commented Nov 24, 2015 at 0:49
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    Yes, this was it. Thanks. For reference, the issue was fixed by changing the defaultFilesystem attribute to defaultFilesystem="true" and removing defaultStorage="true" from the second <Storage> element. Commented Nov 24, 2015 at 9:31

Presumably you don't want both of these publications to publish to the same place, so I'm assuming that you want these to publish to:

  • /path/to/deployment/directory/500 Branded Site A/
  • /path/to/deployment/directory/500 Branded Site B/

Is that correct?

If so, have you checked that the Publication Path and Images Path settings are different for each of your sites (500 Branded Site A & 500 Branded Site B) within the publication properties?

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    Hi Jonathan, thanks - I did have to double check, but the publication path and images paths are set differently for each publication (as \path\to\{brandname} and \path\to\{brandname}\images, respectively) Commented Nov 23, 2015 at 14:35

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