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Publish-Item Cmdlet - recurse not working and no audit log #244

chrislewisdev2 opened this issue Oct 30, 2014 · 2 comments

Publish-Item Cmdlet - recurse not working and no audit log #244

chrislewisdev2 opened this issue Oct 30, 2014 · 2 comments


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@chrislewisdev2 chrislewisdev2 commented Oct 30, 2014

There are two problems I can see with the Publish-Item cmdlet

  1. The recurse param doesn’t seem to work
  2. There is no audit log of the publish

If you amend the following line : PublishItemPipeline.Run(item.ID, options);
to return a PublishItemResult object, you can then interrogate this to find the outcome of the PublishOperation (e.g. None, Skipped, Created, Updated, Deleted).
This is good because it gives some more verbose feedback, and you can see scenarios where publishing will be skipped (e.g. due to its workflow being unable to publish or publishing restrictions). However, despite the Deep argument being set, I was unable to get any scenario working where child items are published, even if you explicitly set RootItem in the PublishOptions object. Furthermore, there is no audit log of the publish so I was unable to tell truly how many items were being published. Nor, does running the cmdlet seem to trigger the publish events listed here: (which I proved by wiring up publish:begin to the powershell event interceptor - very nice feature by the way).

So I started to assume the wrong API call is being made. I isolated the code in Sitecore.Kernel which I think manages both audit logging AND recursive behaviour in publish operations and it can be found in PublishManager. I’m not sure if it’s correct to invoke this rather than PublishItemPipeline (people with more Sitecore experience could advise). However, I've made this change locally and tested it and now not only do I see audit logs with the publish count but I also have child items being published.

I'll issued a pull request with my change.

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@reedyd reedyd commented Apr 2, 2015

Has publish-item been improved by Sitecore OTB?

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@mattmcgovern mattmcgovern commented Jan 10, 2017

I'm having trouble getting the -RepublishAll to work. It's not recognized as a parameter. My PSVersion is 4.0. Any ideas? I've used both the -Item and the -Path parameters to no avail.

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