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I have an application in which I have added a web reference to:


I have the following code:

MyWebRef.Lists someList = new MyWebRef.Lists();
XmlNode result = someList.GetListAndView("MyList", string.Empty);

but for it is throwing a "List does not exist..." error, and when I look at MyWebRef.URL it comes back as http://base/_vti_bin/Lists.asmx

The list in question does not exist here so the error makes sense, but I don't understand why the instance of my web reference is pointing to the base site, when the web reference I added was definately for the subsite.

What am I doing wrong here? Can anyone suggest a fix?

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did you find the issue? – Falak Mahmood Jun 27 '12 at 9:50
Yes, your answer solved the problem. – Abe Miessler Jun 27 '12 at 15:21
up vote 1 down vote accepted

/_vti_bin is a virtual directory that is used for the web services and accessible across all sites, similarly to other folders like _/layouts etc.

You can explicitly set the Url property to be from subsite, like:

someList.Url = "http://base/m/mysite/_vti_bin/Lists.asmx";    

Make sure you also authenticate your client:

someList.Credentials = System.Net.CredentialCache.DefaultNetworkCredentials;

P.S. someList is a proxy to web service

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