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So I'm trying to use civiHR. I understand that some features are still beta and some new custom screen don't work so well and I'm prepared to live with that

What I don't understand is that civiHR disable existing features, eg: - list of the cases "recruitement" isn't displayed n the case tab - activity tab removed

Is this on purpose or a bug? I don't see the point of removing features that would still have a sense because HR introduces different workflows too.

Is there a way to let the existing features of CiviCRM enabled, even when using civihr?

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(Note: My comments are focused mostly on CiviHR <=1.4; for 1.5+, I haven't followed as closely.)

CiviHR is broken down into several different extensions. Each extension defines a different piece of the data-model/UI (eg for tracking job contracts or tracking qualifications). If you pick and choose these individually, it should be possible to load them onto a CiviCRM site without disabling/removing features.

One extension, org.civicrm.hrui, is particularly opinionated and aggressive about reworking the UI. Its primary purpose is to reshape the overall user-experience for standalone CiviHR deployments -- emphasizing HR-specific elements, de-emphasizing fundraising-specific elements, tweaking phrases/word-choices. It fills a role similar to Drupal's installation profiles.

If you're an experienced Civi implementer/consultant looking to add some HR elements to an existing Civi site, then you've probably used most of the same tricks as hrui (eg toggling components and toggling display preferences), and you'll probably disagree with some of the opinions in hrui. So skip it; you're not the target audience for that extension. Browse the list of extensions and pick the ones which are relevant.

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    Part of the difficulty is that each extension has a rather minimal description of what it does, and if it depends (or not) of other extensions ;) – Xavier Jun 2 '15 at 13:51
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    For examples, some extensions seem to expect extended demographics (I think, I had errors until I enabled it), but it contains ethnic fields, that are strictly controlled in France (to the point of not being able to use a HR software that has them) – Xavier Jun 2 '15 at 14:51
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    A few high-level extensions -- hrui, hrrreport, hrsampledata, hrstaffdir -- would have broad dependencies on other extensions. A few low-level extensions -- hrcaseutils, reqangular -- may show up frequently as dependencies. Otherwise, there shouldn't be many dependencies. – Tim Otten Jun 3 '15 at 4:20
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We were told that CiviHR should be a completely separate install to CiviCRM and that is being designed to work quite independently, so this is no surprise.

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    To clarify: it's a separate instance, but even for that instance, I'd like to be able to see, for instance, the list of activities with a contact. I'm aware that using "normal" civicase types and the HR ones are potentially a problem, but this isn't what I'm trying to do ;) – Xavier Jun 2 '15 at 13:56

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