I wrote a custom item:created event handler that creates an item of template B whenever an item of template A is created. It works well, except for the cases when the parent folder is being duplicated—then I don't want a new B item created, as there will be a duplicated B item anyway.

In my item:created handler, is it possible to find out whether the item is being created "from scratch", or if it's being copied/duplicated from an existing item?

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    There is really no help in the ItemCreatedEvent args, and in the "item:creating" event, you only get the parent element as a small bonus. But unless you have a way, to check if the parent item is a duplicate (prehaps check the created time on it?), there isent a lot of help
    – Sandbeck
    Jan 20, 2017 at 12:20
  • @Sandbeck Checking the created date was a great idea... but I just verified and it's not set to "now" when duplicating. It's just taken straight from the original item, along with the updated date. Jan 20, 2017 at 12:31
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    Just as an off-hand note, other than checking for copy/duplicate you should also look for packages being installed. You can use Sitecore.ContentSearch.Maintenance.IndexCustodian.IsIndexingPaused("indexName") (maybe use the master index?) to look for an indication that a mass update is happening. Jan 20, 2017 at 13:29
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    Asking the obvious perhaps; but why not use a Branch Template?
    – Mark Cassidy
    Jan 20, 2017 at 15:16
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    Check out blog.coria.com/… for the solution to Created and Updated date not being set to "now" when duplicating. If that can help you. Jan 20, 2017 at 20:32

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I have checked through the decompiled source and apparently those events are quite decoupled from each other.

For your particular case I would recommend you to introduce some kind of a flag field (e.g. IsCopy) on the template and use the item:copying/copied event to set that flag to true on the copy item. After that you can easily check that field value in the item:created event.

The solution is quite dirty, but to me it sounds like the easiest way of implementing the requirement.


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