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Imar,

In chapter 18 on page 662 you mention to consider setting the retail attribute of the deployment element within the machine.config to true as follows:

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<deployment retail="true">
Feel free to correct me If I'm wrong, but won't the attributes set within the web.config for compilation, customErrors, and trace override what's in the machine.config? Or in order to do so would you need to utilize a <clear /> element as such in the example at the bottom of page 660 for the compilation, customErrors, and trace elements within the web.config to override the settings in the machine.config?

Not that it would happen on a production box, but what if you had a legitimate need to override the settings in the machine.config within the web.config for say just one out of ten websites hosted on a server.

I'm hoping you could clarify this for me.

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John
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Hi John,

Many settings from machine.config can be overriden by a web.config at the site level. However, the retail attribute is set up not to allow that. if you try it, you get the following error:

It is an error to use a section registered as allowDefinition='MachineOnly' beyond machine.config.

The retail attributes overwrite whatever you set for the other attributes and you can't change that. So, with retail set to true, it will change all these settings for all sites. If you need to change it for a single site, you need to set it to false first....

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