Import object status and action

All objects that are planned to be imported are first analyzed and compared to any equivalent objects that may already exist on the target system. The results of this analysis determine the status of each object and the action to be performed on the object. You can see the status and action for each object when you run an import preview.

The following table describes possible statuses for import objects:

Status

Description

New

Object on the source system does not exist on the target system.

Obsolete

Object that exists on the target system is missing on the source system.

Identical

Exact same object exists on both the source system and the target system.

Changed

Object exists on both the source system and the target system, but has been changed on the source system.

Compatible

Object exists on both the source system and the target system, and are compatible but not the same. For example, a property class to which a new property has been added on the source system.

Exists

Object has an associated payload on both the source system and the target system, but the payload on the source system cannot be compared to the payload on the target system. The object is treated as a changed object.

Missing

Object on the source system is missing its associated payload.

The following table describes the possible actions for import objects:

Action

Description

Create

New object is created on the target system.

No Action

Existing object is used (and is not updated).
This is the standard action for an existing identical object, and also for a changed object if you chose the Keep existing objects option in the Import wizard. This is also the action for an object that exists on both the source system and the target system but is missing its associated payload on the source system.

Update

Existing changed object on the target system is updated according to the object on the source system.
A typical example of a required update is the default value of a property.

Extend

Existing compatible object on the target system is extended according to the object on the source system.
For example, a property is added to an existing property class.

Fail

Import process fails due to an insoluble conflict between the source and target object.
Examples:

  • A property with conflicting types
  • An object that exists only on the source system but is missing its associated payload

Remove

Obsolete object is removed from the target system.

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