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Sometimes you might want to edit a config package file without having to import and export a modified copy from BC. In my case I wanted to remove the Social Listening Setup table from the package. Microsoft have made this table obsolete and BC throws an error if I try to import the package with this table present. (Probably not a bad idea – stopping listening to socials).
Fortunately, a rapidstart file is just a compressed xml file. Extract the rapidstart file with 7-Zip and then open the extracted file in a text editor. The format of the file is pretty straight forward. Each table is represented with an XYZList node where XYZ is the name of the table which the table-level settings followed by one or more XYZ nodes with the data.
Here are two records for the Payment Terms table.
Net 10 days
Net 14 days
All I need to do is find the offending Social Listening Setup node in my file and remove it. Here it is:
Once you are finished editing you can use 7-Zip to compress the file again with the gzip method and import.
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