The Publish Workflow will not retract already published material

Steps to reproduce

Process and publish a video.
Cut it.
Use publish workflow.
The already published video will not be retracted and one ends up with two different versions in the mediapackage.

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Former user
September 30, 2015, 2:15 PM

Lars, our site, locally, added retract operations before all of the publish operations in our workflows, to protect against publishing over an existing publish. Is that enough to solve this problem?
[CORRECTION] FYI - our site had to stop automatically using the retract operation before the publish operation because it choked the admin with the huge number of retract & republish jobs. For example, when we just need to update the xacml file on a publication, just that file is retracted and republished to the engage server to the existing publication channel.

Lars Kiesow
September 30, 2015, 2:37 PM

My guess: It would suffice.

This was one out of a series of different bugs I found today. I just wanted to make sure to not forget them. So I filed this ticket. I did not investigate it any further. Though a first glance at the publish workflow told me that it really needs some more changes. But that is another problem

Sven Stauber
April 12, 2016, 4:09 PM

At the technical meeting, Lukas has commented that this might be already implemented:

PublishWorkflowOperationHandler has an option: Republish only if it can be merged with or replace existing published data

Fixed and reviewed


Christian Greweling


Lars Kiesow


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