We used to have one choice in the publish setting, for all selected items, only re-publish the item which be published before. This option seems disappeared at SDL Web 8. Could anyone show me how we can do this operation right now?

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You only get this option when publishing an Organizational item (like a Structure Group or a Publication) or an item that resolves into a group of items (like a Page/Component Template), rather than individual Pages.

See also https://docs.sdl.com/LiveContent/content/en-US/SDL%20Web-v5/GUID-C9EF0813-2B50-4227-BA88-17AA893161E3 step 4 of the procedure on that page, explains the Republish Only option.

  • And I think this was always the case - when you select a page (or a group of pages) you obviously want to publish those irrelevant of previous status (otherwise why would you select them?)
    – Nuno Linhares
    Jan 24, 2018 at 8:34
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    The same option is present for Component Templates and Page Templates. Possibly for Bundles as well, don't recall from the top of my head.
    – Atila Sos
    Jan 24, 2018 at 8:40

You can send every item to republish via CoreService. You can user in your publish instruction ResolvePurpose.RePublish It can be something like this:

 private PublishInstructionData publishInstructionData = new PublishInstructionData()
        ResolveInstruction = new ResolveInstructionData()
            Purpose = ResolvePurpose.RePublish
        RenderInstruction = new RenderInstructionData(),

If you want to integrate this in GUI, you can always create GUI Extension that will execute this piece of code.

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