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No way to access component metadata of Managed Package via Metadata API?!

Is there a chance to access the metadata (custom objects, fields, page layouts) of managed packages?


I was trying to open such a managed package in the Force IDE and the migration toolkit, but none of the managed components could be accessed.


I know managed packages are supposed to protect intelectual property, but when cutomer indeed can customizes components of a managed app why can they not do this via the metadata Api?


Yes it's possible. What are you trying to accomplish?