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I created an Event Receiver for a feature, my problem is when I deploy the solution, the feature is deployed as active but never goes through my FeatureActivated() inside my Event Receiver.

It also does not goes through feature deactivated when I retract the solution.

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Note: Feature Deactivated is never called when you retract a solution via Central Admin or STSADM/PowerShell (unless retracted with Visual Studio, which deactivates Features before retracting). – James Love Feb 27 '12 at 18:58
I am Deploying / Retracting with visual studio. Works fine if i do it manually. – Dr.Denis McCracleJizz Feb 27 '12 at 19:09
I have the same problem. i can fire the event recever when activate the feature manually but the event receiver did not fire with only deploying the solution. Do You Have Any Idea? – user7739 Apr 24 '12 at 17:45
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Not sure about the scope & deployment of your feature (farm/web/site) but check the Feature Element for the value of 'ActivateOnDefault'.

These blog posts can be helpful for more information - SharePoint feature’s ActivateOnDefault attribute. and “Activate on Default” confusion and features scoped at Web Application level.

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Besides sbc111's validation steps, are you sure that your handler (prior version) is not still attached? Use SP-Manager 2010 to see if by any chance you don't have multiple versions (people use feature activation/deactivation to attach/remove events - particularly if these are attached to lists, rather then content types).


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good point.. having 'orphaned' event receivers are quite common. – Supriyo SB Chatterjee Apr 24 '12 at 21:27

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