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I need to check the status in all subscribers and then update the status in publication lists using a query. How can I directly target publication lists in the query activity?

Or do I need to get the data in a data extension and then use import activity to update the publication lists?

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The latter. You can't update System Data View data with a Query Activity. It's a read-only view. You'll have to export the results in a Data Extension to a file and import it into the List or Publication. Steps in the Automation would be:

  1. Query Activity to select subscribers to update
  2. Export the Data Extension to a file using a Data Extract activity
  3. Import the file with an Import Activity
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  • Instead, we can use SSJS also in the automation to update the publication list. Right? @Adam Spriggs
    – sfdcFanBoy
    Apr 11 '18 at 3:38
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    Yes, you could use a Script Activity. You're limited to working with 2500 rows at a time and also a strict 30 minute timeout window.. Apr 11 '18 at 13:32

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