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In my managed ISV package I have many deprecated classes. Some of the are global and I cannot change their signature and just mark them as @deprecated.

To make it more obvious that a class is deprecated now I also tried to remove most of the code. When I hit save in my IDE I got the error:

Developer name already exists for given entity or has been previously used. Please choose a different name.

What does that mean?!

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I have had this exact problem. Once a class has been marked deprecated and included in a Managed Package, you can no longer make any changes to it. Not even changes to the internals of a method.

I logged a case (#08766706) with Salesforce about this. The response I got was:

It appears in its current form it is a limitation of the compiler, and it cannot be changed in the current version.

That being said, the R&D team is working on an internal compiler upgrade that will probably be released for Summer '13 (the next release), which will address many issues, including this one.

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Just make the changes to the code in the app, and see what happens.

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  • From Daniel's answer it looks as though no changes can be made to the code: method signatures or bodies!
    – Matt Lacey
    Commented May 20, 2013 at 6:46
  • Easy on the down-vote! I put in mine first, so I had no way to look into the future to see what he (would) put. Commented Jun 16, 2013 at 21:27
  • Did that just get voted today? Does seem like overkill whoever it was!
    – Matt Lacey
    Commented Jun 17, 2013 at 2:34

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