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changing feature name in visual studio 2008

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I have just started a new project using the web part template.  When deploying to Sharepoint I get an error message stating 'the feature name webpart1 already exists in sharepoint'.  I know that to change the feature name I've got to use WSPview and edit either the manifest or feature.xml, but how do I do it?
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by:zell71
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head into:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\12\TEMPLATE\FEATURES

and find the feature name (from here you can find the name of the feature and do a stsadm command to fully delete it) or rename it in the xml file...probably a IIS reboot will be required but i really would suggest using stsadm commands for removing/adding solutions
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by:millerthegorilla
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You misunderstand - I don't want to remove the existing feature - I want to rename the feature in Visual Studio so that when it is deploying I won't get the same error message.  By default, all web part projects started using the installed web part template are named webpart1.  To know how to change the feature name is pretty important.
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The Feature's name is the "Title" attribute on the root <feature> tag in the Feature.xml file when you deploy the feature.  If it is already deployed, you have to retract it, remove the solution, then add the new solution with the renamed feature, then deploy it.
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
<Feature Title="My Feature's Title"
ActivateOnDefault="TRUE"
    Description="My Cool Feature" 
    Scope="WebApplication"
    Id="B83ED45F-E2E9-4a5f-BD7F-582B737BE201"
	Hidden="FALSE" 
    xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/sharepoint/"
	Version="1.0.0.0"
	ReceiverAssembly="MyFeature, Version=1.0.0.0, Culture=neutral,PublicKeyToken=f031662e9aa4295c"
	ReceiverClass="MyFeature.Worker"
	>
	<Properties>
		<Property Key="Text" Value="Hello World"/>
	</Properties>
</Feature>

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by:millerthegorilla
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No that's not the answer.  I found the answer when I used the smarttemplate from codeplex.  
        //     Change the name of the WebPart1 class to a proper name.
        //      If you change the class name of this web part you also have to
        //      update the SiteViewV3.WebPart1.webpart file in the features folder.

where siteviewv3 is my project name.  Simple.
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by:millerthegorilla
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You can also simply delete the folder 'webpart1' and then right click on the project in solution explorer and choose add new item and choose new webpart.
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