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I have three features in a solution:

  • A Web-scoped feature (A): has a FeatureActivated call to set up a site
  • A Site-scoped feature (B): contains WebParts A uses
  • A stapling feature (C): staples A to a site definition

Is it possible to have a Feature Dependency from A onto B that will cause B to be automatically activated? I've tried it in various combinations using the standard Feature Dependency section on feature A, but the activation always fails.

If this isn't possible using the standard method, is there an alternative method I can use?

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This will explain to you why it's not – Michael M Aug 18 '11 at 4:16
@Michael: Gosh, that is a good answer... – Stuart Pegg Aug 18 '11 at 7:23
:) Well I didn't feel it really helped you solve your question rather merely confirmed the reason for the behaviour you described. – Michael M Aug 19 '11 at 1:02
@Michael: Well to be fair I rolled two questions into one; the first part was "will this work?", to which the answer was "no". – Stuart Pegg Aug 19 '11 at 7:09
up vote 1 down vote accepted

Since you're already having a feature receiver for (A), you could easily in your FeatureActivated method of (A) in code activate feature (B) on the site collection level. Just a few lines of code...

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+1 It's a fair point, and I have briefly looked at SPSite.Features.Add (if that's what you're referring to). I was hoping to use the standard method, or at least understand why it doesn't work. – Stuart Pegg Aug 17 '11 at 17:16
Stuart, see Michaels comment on why it's not working. – Wictor Wilen MCA MCM MVP Aug 18 '11 at 6:33
Fair enough. Since your answer helps me work around the issue, I'll mark this as accepted. Obviously I'll still upvote Michael's answer if he takes the massive hint. :) – Stuart Pegg Aug 18 '11 at 7:26

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