Here's the scenario:

I've a custom object (ObjectA__c) with only one custom field Email_Address__c (which can be unique).

Now I would be inserting new records using Data Loader such that: 1) If record in .csv file is already in ObjectA then, do nothing. 2) If record in .csv file and not in ObjectA then, insert into the object. 3) If record is not in .csv file and present in ObjectA then, delete the record from ObjectA.

I'm performing insert operation using data loader and written Before Insert Trigger. The problem I'm facing is: The trigger shows correct output in System.debug statements but, it doesn't delete any records. New records are inserted correctly. Records existing in both .csv file and ObjectA are left untouched. But, records present in ObjectA but missing in .csv file are not deleted. The list correctly shows the records to be deleted but somehow it seems the DML operation is not performed.

Here's the code for the trigger:

trigger ListUpload on ObjectA__c (before insert) { 

    //Using Flag.boolFlag to avoid execution of the trigger twice 


        // newrecords set will hold all the email address of the records to be inserted through data loader

        Set<String> newrecords  = new Set<String>();    
        for(ObjectA__c ce1 : trigger.new){

        System.debug('@@@@'+'New Records Size: '+newrecords.size());

        //this condition ensures trigger will take action only if inserted using data loader      


            //existingrecords list will hold all the records in the ObjectA__c

            List<ObjectA__c> existingrecords = [Select Id, Email_Address__c from ObjectA__c];
            system.debug('@@@@'+'Exisiting records count:' +existingrecords.size());

            //create a map of existingrecords

            Map<String,Id> existingrecordsmap = new Map<String,Id>();

            For(ObjectA__c ce2: existingrecords){
                existingrecordsmap.put(ce2.Email_Address__c, ce2.Id);

            List<ObjectA__c> todelete = new List<ObjectA__c>();
            string emailid;        

            //check for the condition. If record record not found in .csv file then, add it to todelete list 

            For(ObjectA__c ce3: existingrecords){   
                emailid = ce3.Email_Address__c;

            System.debug('@@@@'+'For Loop: To be deleted'+'Size'+todelete.size());
            integer i;
                System.debug('@@@@'+'Final to be deleted: '+todelete.get(i).ID+' '+todelete.get(i).Email_Address__c);

            //delete todelete       

            delete todelete;

            integer k;
            List<ObjectA__c> FinalList = [Select Id, Email_Address__c from ObjectA__c];
            System.debug('@@@@'+'No of rows after deletion: '+FinalList.size());


Flag class code:

public class Flag {

    public static boolean boolFlag = true;
  • Alright, here's what I've found: When adding completely new records with data loader (not in the ObjectA), all the records are added and all the records in ObjectA are deleted (since they are not present in the csv file). But if any email address from ObjectA is present in csv file, then nothing is deleted. Oct 24, 2017 at 11:59

1 Answer 1


When you try to delete the record, you first need to fetch them.

Code can be as simple as below (you can add conditions as needed):

trigger ListUpload on ObjectA__c (before insert) { 


        Set<String> setNewRecordIds  = new Set<String>();    
        for(ObjectA__c ce1 : trigger.new){


        if(setNewRecordIds.size() >= 1){

            List<ObjectA__c> lstToDelete = new List<ObjectA__c>([SELECT Id 
                                                                FROM ObjectA__c
                                                                WHERE Email_Address__c IN: setNewRecordIds]);


                delete lstToDelete;
  • Hi Sikha, Thanks again. I tried running your code. The only necessary change for fulfilling the condition was to change the SOQL query and adding a NOT IN. But, the code doesn't delete the record (which is not present in the .csv file) Oct 24, 2017 at 10:47
  • Are you sure about the existence of the records meeting the criteria i.e. the email is not in the csv file you upload?
    – Sikha Baid
    Oct 24, 2017 at 10:59
  • Yes, the email address is not present in the csv file. Oct 24, 2017 at 11:12

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