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How to unarchive deleted Custom Attributes?


Mike Shkolnik (9809161143) | asked Dec 21 '11, 1:17 p.m.
How do I unarchive a deleted custom attribute? I know the attribute still exists in the database because it comes up as "archived" when I create queries.

I was able to make the attribute reappear as active in editor presentations by adding it to the attribute definitions in the XML (see below), but it has no selections - the type is basically being ignored, I assume because somewhere the attribute is still being handled as archived. Queries also still show the attribute as archived. What else do I need to do to fully unarchive this attribute? I have done "synchronize attributes". That makes the attribute appear in the editor, but without the enumerations.

Note that I have associated the attribute with an enumeration that is active rather than the original also-archived enumeration. The case and spelling are correct and the same Type works if I associate it with a new attribute. I need to maintain the old attribute name for external syncing.

2.0.0.2 ifix5


<customAttributes category="com.ibm.team.workitem.workItemType">
<customAttribute id="commitment" name="Commitment" type="Phase"/>
</customAttributes>

<attributeDefinitions>
<attributeDefinition id="commitment" name="Commitment" type="Phase"/>
</attributeDefinitions>

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Mike Shkolnik (9809161143) | answered Jan 04 '12, 1:30 p.m.
Has no one ever done this?

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Scott Crouch (48532426) | answered Jan 04 '12, 4:48 p.m.
I haven't tried this recently. But if I remember correctly, in the eclipse client if you click the "Add" button for a new attribute, then in the bottom of the screen select "Reuse Existing Attribute" you should be able to find the archived attribute.

Edit: I've only used RTC 3.0+, not sure if this is different in 2.0.

Let us know if this worked.

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Mike Shkolnik (9809161143) | answered Jan 04 '12, 5:43 p.m.
I am not seeing archived attributes in that list.

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