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From Karl Wright <>
Subject Re: SharePoint Connector: "Root site is unreachable"
Date Fri, 04 Nov 2016 00:17:44 GMT
Hi Jeff,

The meaning of that error message is that the data coming back from
SharePoint when MCF inquires as to the subsites, child libraries, etc. is
not valid XML.  It is not clear precisely what is wrong.

I think the best way forward is to turn on wire httpcomponents/httpclient
wire debugging in logging.ini, and see what is going back and forth.  It
should be obvious pretty quickly what is wrong.  FWIW, in a properly
deployed SharePoint system, you should see a _vti_bin directory with a
bunch of .asmx files in there for each SharePoint site or subsite.  That
is, there should be:
etc.  The asmx files I would expect are:


It is possible that you are missing some of these because of how you
installed sharepoint (and because of what you enabled).  Or, you didn't
install the MCF SharePoint plugin that is appropriate for your SharePoint
version (which supplies MCPermissions.asmx).  Any missing files will *also*
cause the kind of problem you are seeing.


On Thu, Nov 3, 2016 at 8:01 PM, Jeff Potts <> wrote:

> In my example those are all virtual sites, but for some reason they are
> not accessible via /site. Is that an indication that something is
> misconfigured on the Sharepoint side?
> Why would the connector report a working connection but the job be unable
> to navigate the path structure?
> Jeff
> On Nov 3, 2016, at 6:17 PM, Karl Wright <> wrote:
> Hi Jeff,
> SharePoint's site model is as follows:
> -- there is a root site, usually with the URL
> -- there are "virtual" sites, which are also full-fledge sites, usually
> with the URL
> -- there are subsites of the root site, usually with URLs like
> -- there are subsites of virtual sites, usually with URLs like
> Your MCF sharepoint connections should not point to subsites; they should
> only point to the root site or a single virtual site.  There is no way to
> deal with crawling multiple virtual sites with the same connection, which
> is what the documentation is trying to say.
> I hope this helps.
> Karl
> On Thu, Nov 3, 2016 at 6:58 PM, Jeff Potts <> wrote:
>> I am using apache-manifoldcf-2.5. I am trying to get the SharePoint
>> Connector to work against SharePoint 2003.
>> My SharePoint site URLs are like:
>> I have set up a Connector with:
>> Server protocol: http
>> Server name:
>> Server port: 80
>> Site path: /SomeSite
>> The connection status says, "Connection working".
>> However, when I go to set up a job, and I click the "Paths" tab, I see
>> the message, "Root site is unreachable, or user has no permissions".
>> I know I have permissions to that site because I can read/write to its
>> document library through the web interface. So I feel like I may be missing
>> something regarding the correct value for site path.
>> The docs say, "...type in the portion of the root site URL that includes
>> everything after the server and port, except for the final "aspx" file,"
>> which is why I am using "/SomeSite" as the site path.
>> But another snippet from the docs says this:
>> "The SharePoint connection type is designed so that one SharePoint
>> repository connection can access all SharePoint sites from a specific root
>> site though its explicit subsites. It is the case that it is desirable in
>> some very large SharePoint installations to access *all* SharePoint
>> sites using a single connection. But the ManifoldCF SharePoint connection
>> type does not support that model as of yet."
>> That confused me because it isn't clear if I should be specifying some
>> sort of root site (which I have no idea how to determine the path for) or
>> if creating one connection for each site should work.
>> Jeff

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