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Changing the attribute type once it is already created and saved in Rational Team Concert

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Can you change the attribute type in IBM Rational Team Concert (RTC) once it is already created and saved?


You would like to change the attribute type so that you can make use of the features that are in the other attribute types.


No. Changing the attribute type once it is already created and saved is not a supported operation in RTC.

When creating an attribute, the "type" is stored in the attribute definition in the database.

You may be able to force some levels of the process definition into believing it is of a different type, but this will not go down into the persistency layer; hence why this is not a recommended operation.


  1. Create a new Attribute of Desired Type

  2. Add the attribute to the required Presentation

  3. Perform either a Bulk Edit or Export and Import to move the contents of the older field to the newer one

  4. Remove the older attribute presentation and delete the attribute.

Document information

More support for: Rational Team Concert
General Information

Software version: 3.0, 3.0.1,,,,,,, 4.0,,, 4.0.1, 4.0.2, 4.0.3

Operating system(s): AIX, IBM i, Linux, OS X, Solaris, Windows, z/OS

Reference #: 1649164

Modified date: 06 December 2014

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