My Problem is, I've some configuration Items which are created with the new Items Only sync. That seems to work.

But when I add some roles/permissions to this Items on my local dev machine and I want to sync them also on my staging environment, then the new roles/permissions never get applied to this existing items. I think this is right.

But how can I handle permission changes on new Items Only synced items with Unicorn, when I change or Add permissions to new Items Only synced items?

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Well... you can't.

NewItemsOnly does as the name would indicate. It syncs only items onto your target environment that do not already exist.

One thing you could do, was to apply permissions on a parent item to the item in questions, one which you had under normal Unicorn control. And manage permissions on that, having them be inherited to child items.

  • how do you manage your Rights in the Content tree with unicorn? Do you set your rights manually on each stage? Commented Apr 24, 2019 at 9:36
  • Unicorn isn't really designed to manage items in the Content Tree, is the short answer. But if anything, I would assign roles to my items and then manage it through role membership.
    – Mark Cassidy
    Commented Apr 24, 2019 at 9:46

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