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In previous versions of the Content Porter client, there used to be a separate option on whether or not to update dependent content that already exists in the destination CM (if you include dependent content in the import).

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The latest version has the “Which dependent content would you like to include in the import?” screen, but this seems to be whether or not to include those items in the import package, rather than whether to update them if they already exist.

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I want to do an import and create new dependent items (mainly components) if they don’t already exist. However, I definitely don’t want to update anything that already exists in the destination CM.

Is this possible (without cherry-picking through hundreds of components to select them individually if they don’t already exist)?

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I eventually found the answer to this in the Configuring this import page of the Content Porter online documentation:

  1. If you are importing into SDL Tridion 2013 Content Manager or older, under Do you want to update dependencies, select one of the following:

    • Select Yes if you want Content Porter to always perform an update of a dependency if the item being imported depends on an item that is already present on the destination Content Manager.
    • Select No if you want Content Porter to never perform an update of a dependency if the item being imported depends on an item that is already present on the destination Content Manager.

Note: When importing into SDL Tridion 2013 SP1 Content Manager or later, this option is not available, because dependencies cannot be updated, only created.

So it appears that I don't need to worry about it, as none of the existing content will be updated (unless it is explicitly checked in the item selection screen).

  • Makes sense, huh? It is so nice if you can make people happy by removing features. :-) – Rick Pannekoek Jun 21 '17 at 19:55
  • Yes, that's true. Maybe a little note in the GUI would give further reassurance to users too. – Jonathan Williams Jun 21 '17 at 19:59

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