I am unable to deploy the retrieved customizations from Sandbox. Please help.

Source: Developer Pro Sandbox Destination: Developer Sandbox (dev sandbox is only for trial purpose, I need to deploy total application in partial copy sandbox)

Build.xml block:

 <target name="deploy">



All Component Failures: 1. package.xml -- Error: No package.xml found


  • Your folder DST needs to have a package.xml in it. Ordinarily, if you used sf:retrieve, it should already be there. – sfdcfox Aug 6 '17 at 17:14
  • @sfdcfox why should I need package.xml in root folder? Can you explain please. And Yes I used package.xml but I moved it to different folder as I am not referring any package.xml in sf:deploy target. – Alan Aug 6 '17 at 17:21

Make sure you have package.xml in your root directory from where you are deploying the metadata. Looks like you have a folder named DST. Make sure you have create a package.xml file .

Package.xml can be generated using an IDE or by adding all components to an unmanaged package and then retrieving it from the package using ant retrieve.

  • how to create package.xml to deploy what I have in DST folder? I created package.xml manually to retrieve customizations. But now the deployment failed because of dependencies. – Alan Aug 6 '17 at 17:36

When you use sf:retrieve, the folder you retrieve to will have a package.xml in it that already contains all of the elements you retrieved. This makes it easy to re-deploy the package to a new org using sf:deploy. Note that dependencies are not automatically resolved. I personally recommend creating a new package in Setup > Create > Packages, and then retrieving it with a package.xml that looks like this:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<Package xmlns="http://soap.sforce.com/2006/04/metadata">

Once you retrieve it, you'll end up with the correctly built package.xml in the retrieved folder's root. Even better, building a package this way automatically includes all dependencies, so the package should deploy to a new environment seamlessly.

  • Thank you. This is very effective approach, I tried it but I got nothing. And I dont have test classes right now, and to upload package I will require test classes. Is there any way to avoid it. – Alan Aug 6 '17 at 20:33
  • @Alan You do not need unit tests to deploy to a sandbox or developer edition org. – sfdcfox Aug 6 '17 at 20:36
  • Yeah I tried to upload that package but its asking test classes. And I am trying to deploy an application: both are completely different orgs, right now I have application in DevPro sandbox of unlimited edition org and I want to deploy it into enterprise edition sandbox(it can be dev sandbox or partial copy sandbox) – Alan Aug 6 '17 at 20:44
  • Can you tell me exact better approach for it. I am trying to do it with ANT. I am also trying to build package.xml as you told earlier. – Alan Aug 6 '17 at 20:47
  • @Alan If it's asking for unit tests, then you're deploying to a production org. You can use Ant, Force.com IDE, Workbench, MavensMate, or whatever. You just need to be deploying to the correct org, and not be missing any dependencies. – sfdcfox Aug 6 '17 at 20:59

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