I have a FeatureReceiver class for a feature that deploy a couple of list instances. In the FeatureDeactivating event I want to remove those instances as well as other artifacts which get deployed during feature activation (web parts, page layouts and so on). I have the following piece of code

public override void FeatureDeactivating( SPFeatureReceiverProperties properties ) {
    SPSecurity.RunWithElevatedPrivileges( delegate() {
        SPWeb web = (SPWeb)properties.Feature.Parent;
        bool allowUnsafeUpdates = web.AllowUnsafeUpdates;
        web.AllowUnsafeUpdates = true;


        web.AllowUnsafeUpdates = allowUnsafeUpdates;
    } );

This code works very good when I am debugging it and the list get removed as expected. When this code run upon a stsadm command the list does not get removed.

I had a suspect about the SPSecurity.RunWithElevatedPrivileges block, which get executed, I think, in another thread, and so I've added a simple Thread.Sleep(5000) after that code block.

Now the feature is always removed :O

Because of the fact that the Sleep is not properly elegant, can somebody advise a better way to resolve this problem?

Thanks a lot for helping

  • What scope does the feature have? If you are able to deactivate the feature than you are already site owner and you don't need to use SPSecurity.RunWithElevatedPrivileges – Stefan Bauer Feb 10 '14 at 19:53
  • The feature has scope Web. I need to use that code block because the deploy on the production servers is not made by me. So I need to get sure that the code will run under the AppPool identity. – Lorenzo Feb 10 '14 at 19:55
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    It should run always under the user context. The admin / end user should be able to activate / deactivate the feature. With this you just bypass the built in security system which is not good I think but I might be wrong. – Stefan Bauer Feb 10 '14 at 19:59
  • You don't need to use RunWithElevatedPrivileges to do this - instantiate a new SPSite using the SystemAccount user token instead. Never use RunWithElevatedPrivileges if all you work with is SharePoint object model code in the delegate. – James Love Feb 11 '14 at 10:36

You should use Delete() method of SPWeb.Lists

    SPWeb webSite = properties.Feature.Parent as SPWeb;
    SPList myCustomList = mySite.Lists["MyCustomList"];

You should also create a new SPSite object while running a code as elevated privileges:

    using (SPSite site = new SPSite(web.Site.ID))
    // deletion code goes here...
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  • I think you have misunderstood the question. I do not have problems with the delete operation. – Lorenzo Feb 11 '14 at 11:04
  • You said you were having problem deleting the list using stsadm? – Falak Mahmood Feb 14 '14 at 8:22
  • Oh no. I wrote that the code is working great if I add the sleep. The problem I have encountered is related to the fact that SPSecurity.RunWithElevatedProvileges runs in another thread which finish after the FeatureDeactivating method. – Lorenzo Feb 14 '14 at 16:11

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