Cancel deletes



we have a requirement to stop editors from deleting catalog entries.  I can't see a way of setting the access rights in the catalog.

I've tried cancelling the action in the deleting content event but it throws an exception.

private void DeletingContent(object sender, DeleteContentEventArgs e)
var content = baseDependencies.ContentRepository.Get(e.ContentLink);

if (!(content is EntryContentBase))

e.CancelAction = true;
e.CancelReason = "Game products or variants can't be deleted";

I assume the exception is because its a CMS event. I've looked in the CatalogEventBroadcaster but no luck.

The exception is:

EPiServer.Core.EPiServerCancelException: Game products or variants can't be deleted
at EPiServer.Core.DefaultContentEvents.RaiseCancellableDeleteEvent(String key, String defaultReason, DeleteContentEventArgs eventArgs)
at EPiServer.Core.DefaultContentRepository.Delete(ContentReference contentLink, Boolean forceDelete, AccessLevel access)
at EPiServer.Commerce.Shell.Controllers.DeleteController.Delete(IEnumerable`1 contentReferences)
at lambda_method(Closure , ControllerBase , Object[] )
at System.Web.Mvc.ReflectedActionDescriptor.Execute(ControllerContext controllerContext, IDictionary`2 parameters)
at System.Web.Mvc.ControllerActionInvoker.InvokeActionMethod(ControllerContext controllerContext, ActionDescriptor actionDescriptor, IDictionary`2 parameters)
at System.Web.Mvc.ControllerActionInvoker.<>c__DisplayClass13.b__10()
at System.Web.Mvc.ControllerActionInvoker.InvokeActionMethodFilter(IActionFilter filter, ActionExecutingContext preContext, Func`1 continuation)
at System.Web.Mvc.ControllerActionInvoker.InvokeActionMethodFilter(IActionFilter filter, ActionExecutingContext preContext, Func`1 continuation)
at System.Web.Mvc.ControllerActionInvoker.InvokeAction(ControllerContext controllerContext, String actionName)
at System.Web.Mvc.Controller.ExecuteCore()
at System.Web.Mvc.ControllerBase.Execute(RequestContext requestContext)
at EPiServer.Shell.Web.Mvc.ModuleMvcHandler.ProcessController(IController controller)
at EPiServer.Shell.Web.Mvc.ModuleMvcHandler.BeginProcessRequest(HttpContextBase httpContext, AsyncCallback callback, Object state)
at System.Web.HttpApplication.CallHandlerExecutionStep.System.Web.HttpApplication.IExecutionStep.Execute()
at System.Web.HttpApplication.ExecuteStep(IExecutionStep step, Boolean& completedSynchronously)


Mar 12, 2016 11:38


Catalog content does not support setting access rights (yet). It has only all-or-nothing setting, a contact might have all the access to the catalog, or nothing at all.

And the problem you saw was because Catalog UI does not handle the exception from server.

Saying, I don't really have a solution for you - not an easy one. Sorry. You might contact our expert services for help.



Mar 14, 2016 11:49

A little hack can work,

Create a DeleteGroup and assign this group to users those required delete access including admins.

While deleting You can check the logged in user is part of DeleteGroup or not


Mar 14, 2016 15:59

Thanks for your replies.  I think the editors for now just needs to be careful not to delete anything in the catalog

Mar 14, 2016 16:10
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