[Portfolio] Duplication of Portfolios

Ward, Lynn E. leward at iu.edu
Mon Oct 7 13:32:40 PDT 2013

Hi Jeff,

I was present when this feature was first introduced to the portfolio community before the change was merged to trunk.  As I recall, the decision not to duplicate the forms content associated with the portfolio was intentional, although I certainly understand why the would have been desirable.  At IU, we added the ability to duplicate all but the Outline Options form on the Add/Edit Content Screen (see screenshot below).  Hopefully, the "copy selected" option will make it into a future Sakai release.


From: Jeff Mitchell <jmitch at vt.edu<mailto:jmitch at vt.edu>>
Date: Monday, October 7, 2013 4:03 PM
To: osp <portfolio at collab.sakaiproject.org<mailto:portfolio at collab.sakaiproject.org>>
Subject: [Portfolio] Duplication of Portfolios

Hello Everyone,

I have a question about the "Duplicate" function in the Actions menu for Portfolios in Sakai 2.9.1. When I try to duplicate a portfolio, any user form data gets transferred to the new copy. This is exactly what I would expect to happen.

What is unexpected, however, is that any changes that I make to the form data in the copied portfolio is then reflected in the original portfolio, and vice versa. It looks like the same reference to the record in the CONTENT_RESOURCE table is being used for both portfolios. I would have expected that a new copy of the data would have been created. In that case, changes to the data in one portfolio would not affect the other.

Is anyone else seeing this behavior and if so, is their a good reason for doing it this way?

Steps To Reproduce:

1. Click on the Portfolios tool.
2. Locate a portfolio containing a form that has existing user data.
3. Click "Actions" and then "Duplicate".
4. Make a change to the form data in the copy (or vice versa) and it will also be reflected in the original.


Jeff Mitchell
Lead Web Development Software Engineer
Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS)
2230B Torgersen Hall, Virginia Tech
jmitch at vt.edu<mailto:jmitch at vt.edu>

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