AEM 6.3 to AEM 6.5 in place upgrade - Issues with managepublication workflow



Dear homies,
We have been migrating AEM to AEM I am following all the restructuring documentation as per the below link -

I have restructured the models and scripts from /etc/workflow path to their new respective paths as per the documentation above. 


The issue I am facing is - 
After restructuring workflow models from /etc/workflow/models to /conf/global/settings/workflow/models using Edit/sync suggestions, if I remove /etc/workflow/models files then my overlayed managepublication wizard at - apps/cq/gui/content/common/managepublicationwizard, publish/unpublish page wizard at apps/wcm/core/content/sites/publishpagewizard & apps/wcm/core/content/sites/unpublishpagewizard stops working. It doesn't show me any option for Manage Publication in the Sites Navigation panel and it doesn't show me Request publication/unpublication in page edit view.
If I put the /etc/workflow back then it all starts working well and I am able to see the Manage Publication/Request Publication and Unpublication options for the page. 

*The changes in these overlayed files is just updating the properties requestActivationWorkflow and requestDeactivationWorkflow to start using my custom workflow instead of default activation/deactivation workflows. Also it doesn't work if update the location of the models to /conf/global/settings/workflow/models, I believe even if I use /etc/workflow here it auto resolves to /conf or /var/workflow/, not sure?


I have not given the replication rights to authors and the manual workflow that I have written assigns the workflow request to the respective publishers group for the author who triggered the request. Logs haven't been too helpful either, I have the debug logs on as well.
If I can't remove the /etc/workflow directory then there is no point doing the restructuring, help me please experts!


AEM 6.3 to AEM 6.5 AEM 6.5 Manage Publication AEM 6.5 Request Publication AEM 6.5 Request Unpublication AEM 6.5 workflows

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Hi @aaykay22,

Workflow resolution order is /conf -> /libs -> /etc.

If it is not working after removing /etc, below are the possible reasons

  • Your overlayed publication is still expecting model from /etc path or synced workflow in /conf path is not respected. (though you have migrated/synced all your workflows to /conf)
  • Custom manage publication wizard might not be in par with its equivalent OOB definition of 6.5.6

Try doing the below in the order mentioned

  • Affirm the successful migration of workflows at first place (Sync all the existing workflow to /conf path. Trigger workflow and check if run time model is created in /var path -> If yes, remove from /etc and check again by triggering workflow) (for reason #1)
  • Update the properties in your overlay structure to the newly migrated path -> Test
  • If it is still not working, then remove the entire overlay structure. Create fresh overlay structure from being in 6.5.6 (for the reason #2)

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