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Permission Sets: Allow standard object permissions to be packaged

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Our company is an ISV partner that sells a product on the force.com platform.  We use Accounts and Contacts so that we can take advantage of the nice integrations that Salesforce provides out of the box.  We also have a few custom objects that have master-detail relationshipts with these objects.

We like to user permission sets to give people access to fields and objects.  Our product is simple and our customers don't required the field level security or object level security that the force.com platform offers, so we use permission sets and assign the same one to each user.  This lets us also upgrade the permission sets with new releases and the end customers don't have to do anything.

Unfortunately, we cannot package up the 'Contact' or 'Account' permission sets, nor any of the child objects.  If we decide to change permissions on these objects (which we might do if we deprecate a field so it doesn't show up in reports and views), we have to either login and change the permissions on their profiles or else give them instructions, which is somewhat painful.  If we miss giving a field read permission, it sometimes causes our new features to break or just not be there.

If we could package these up, it would resolve issues and permission sets would be perfect for what we are trying to do and help us make sure our product works correctly without manual intervention.

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  • Adam Torman - 4 years ago

    @Robert Kraynak - Belinda Wong owns the backlog for Permission Sets now. She'll need to comment on where this is on the backlog. 

    Two workaround options that I've seen:
    1. package lookup relationships to standard objects (it's master detail that aren't supported AFAIK)
    2. run post install script to enable the permissions via Apex
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