I have a simple package that I pulled down from my production org that I am now looking to push:source to a scratch org. The issue is that when I run

sfdx force:mdapi:convert -r test/unpackaged

I get a converted source structure within my force-app/main/default/objects/ but without the necessary object-meta.xml that source needs to perform the push, for example:


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

Leaving me with the following error:

ERROR:  Expected metadata file at source path: ../force-app/main/default/objects/Account/Account.object-meta.xml.

I've run an update on my CLI as that was initially a concern but even after the update I still get the same results. I've deleted my source and tried multiple times to see if it was just a glitch, but this continues to happen without fail. Any suggestions or thoughts? Anyone else experiencing the same issue?

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    One thing I'm seeing now when I refresh the entire scratch org and attempt this it no longer expects the Account.object-meta.xml So it's possible this is just another case of lose artifacts being tracked in a scratch org's sourcePathInfos.js, hence a new org on first push wouldn't require that component. Mar 17, 2018 at 0:49

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Please verify that you have Account.object xml file in your Source pulled from Production.

When you pull Standard object, you have to specify them explicitly:

sfdx force:source:retrieve -m CustomObject:Account

or by Ant


So if you use just


your Account.object XML file won't be retrieved from your production org, thus, won't be converted into Account.object-meta.xml

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