onet.xml : dependency between site feature and site collection feature doesn’t work like in 2007

I’ve just noticed that unlike in SharePoint 2007, in SharePoint 2010 activating a site collection feature in onet.xml from a sub site doesn’t work. This was very easy, if in your child site you needed to make sure that a site collection feature (like the Publishing feature) was activated before activating your site feature (like publishing feature).


If the site collection feature is not activated, you’ll get this error message :


The solution is of course to create a Feature Receiver that will check & activate the Site Collection feature.


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