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    <p>Hi Thomas and Yuri,</p>
    <p>I have just tested this on what will become the next version of
      EPrints (3.4.4) and I don't see any significant problems with an
      eprint where its predecessor (value in its succeeds field) has
      been fully deleted (not just retired), even though the succeeding
      eprint still has its succeeds field set with a now missing eprint
      ID.&nbsp; Please could you give a bit more detail of the problems you
      are seeing when the succeeded eprint has been deleted, so I can
      make sure this issue does not still persist.&nbsp; As part of 3.4.3, I
      made a change to the &quot;EPrint Remove&quot; screen plugin, which would
      require an additional permission:</p>
    <p>eprint/remove_once_archived</p>
    <p>to be assigned to a user or user type to allow them to delete
      (not just retire) an item that has at some point been in the live
      archive (i.e. has its datestamp field set).</p>
    <p>On the solution to your current issue, I would always advise
      either using a script or temporarily modifying the eprint workflow
      so your user (or admin users more generally) can edit the succeeds
      field and in this case unset it.&nbsp; Running database queries is
      obviously a lot quicker and easier to do but you don't have any
      traceability, which when you have had to deal with an unusual bug
      is often helpful if someone happens to review this at later date.<br>
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    <p>Regards</p>
    <p>David Newman<br>
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    <div class="moz-cite-prefix">On 19/05/2022 11:34, Yuri via
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        <p>If all is ok, then you can just recreate the abstract.<br>
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        <div class="moz-cite-prefix">Il 19/05/22 12:18, th.lauke--- via
          Eprints-tech ha scritto:<br>
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              <div>Hi all,<br>
                <br>
                due to the fact, that EPrints obviously could not handle
                an entry, whose predecessor is gone for some reason, I
                like to delete the faulty link. But an import of an
                empty field is rejected :(<br>
                How to get rid of the link? I would be glad to avoid any
                manipulation of the data base :)<br>
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                Many thanks for any idea in advance<br>
                Thomas<br>
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                BTW: I will check how to get into this situation later
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