Extending Sitecore Revolver to remove old versions

Saturday, November 01, 2014

I recently worked on a rebuild of an existing Sitecore site. This involved us doing a completely fresh build, then importing the existing items into the new solution. As the existing solution was live for a while a lot of the items had old versions which no longer had any relevance in the new solution.

We wanted a method to bulk remove all of the old versions of every item in the database, just leaving the current version for each. I had been playing around with Sitecore Revolver recently and this sounded like the exact kind of task it was built for. After reading through the Quick Start Guide I tried out the rmv command, which the guide said would "Purge previous versions of the item". This however seemed to remove all versions of the item in question, including the current one, which wasn't what I was after.

I spent a while longer attempting to use the standard Revolver commands, however I soon realised I was going to have to create my own custom command. This turned out to be just as easy as the guide had suggested. All I had to do was to implement the

Revolver.Core.ICommand interface, then perform my processing in the Run(string[] args) method. The implementation of that method ended up looking like this:

This command would delete every version except for the current one, for every language for the item selected. I also allowed for a -r switch to passed in to make it run recursively from the context item. To run the command, you first have to bind the it to a moniker using the following Revolver command.

You could then call the version trim command using the tv moniker that it had been bound to, so in order to run recursively you would run it by using the following command:

This would then trim all old versions from every item beneath the item that currently has context within Revolver.

I ended up running this from the Sitecore node, removing all old versions of every item in the database. This left us with a much tidier set of items and stopped any content editors from being able to accidentally revert to an old version from before the rebuild.

The code for this is available on my GitHub.

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