I create a layer package from desktop 10 and the double click to decompress it on my machine (to see what the customer is going to see).
I get the initial folder (same as my lpk file) and then another one duplicated inside. c:\documents and settings\users\myusername\My Documents\ArcGIS\Packages\mylpkfile2-17-11\mylpkfile2-17-11
There are data files in both folder structures (with shape files in both).
There is a lyr file in the root folder that points to the first dataset.
I see a lyr for v10 in the v10 folder.
However this lyr uses the same data as the other lyr.
Layer structure

It looks to me that there is no reason for this data structure.
I don't know if it is just my machine or ... Does anyone else see this also?

The above occurs if I double click on the lpk. If I run the extract package tool from within arcmap it extracts only one folder structure to the location I instruct it to.


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By default, layer packaging creates v10 and v9.3.1 layers (and data if necessary depending on the GDB version). I think you are just seeing both here. If you do not want this behavior, use the layer packaging GP tool to just package v10 layers.

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    no gdb invlolved. All shape files. It has something to do with the double click event. just wondering if it is just my machine or if it is reproducable.
    – Brad Nesom
    Feb 19, 2011 at 13:31

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