We have a content type that up until today was 100% driven by a feeds importer on a D7 site from an XML file (from a third-party system). This importer ran nightly and was set to "Unpublish non-existent nodes" which worked perfectly to remove items not available anymore.
Due to a business needs change we now need to manually create a couple of nodes of this specific content type and we don't want the importer to unpublish these specific nodes. Modifying the third-party system is not an option so the only possibility that we've come up with is to create a local file (CSV/XML/whatever) and create a new importer to run after the original importer to re-publish them.
We could also locally consume the original file and merge it with our custom node list but this seems like more things could break.
Is there another solution to this problem that we're missing?