Nov 14 2007
I recently encountered an nasty, nasty error that threatened to cause me a lot of grief.
I exported a site to a new site collection and initially things looked okay. However, I soon started to encounter strange errors such as:
… and for the benefit of the search engines:
Data at the root level is invalid. Line 1, position 1. at System.Xml.XmlTextReaderImpl.Throw(Exception e)
at System.Xml.XmlTextReaderImpl.Throw(String res, String arg)
at System.Xml.XmlLoader.Load(XmlDocument doc, XmlReader reader, Boolean preserveWhitespace)
at System.Xml.XmlDocument.Load(XmlReader reader)
at System.Xml.XmlDocument.LoadXml(String xml)
at Microsoft.SharePoint.Publishing.Internal.CodeBehind.BasePageSettingsPage.OnLoad(EventArgs e)
at Microsoft.SharePoint.Publishing.Internal.CodeBehind.CreatePagePage.OnLoad(EventArgs e)
at System.Web.UI.Page.ProcessRequestMain(Boolean includeStagesBeforeAsyncPoint, Boolean includeStagesAfterAsyncPoint)
Anyway ,my initial search came across an MSDN forum post that I used to solve my problem. I didn’t do it all with the code on the site, and I manually hacked the database directly to boot. But despite this, I was very impressed with the author’s (Gary) troubleshooting skills. This guy is good!
As it turns out, the STSADM -export/import command doesn’t work too well when you export a sub-site and import it to the top level site in a site collection. Bad things happen!
Anyhow, I was preparing a detailed blog post on this issue and how I resolved it, when I came across Gary’s blog where he has already gone into the detail required and as an added bonus, added his fix to his brilliant STSADM custom extensions.
I downloaded it, tried it, and it worked flawlessly the first time.
So, head on over to Gary’s blog and check out his excellent work.
Thanks, mate – you saved me a lot of pain!