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I have a Form Based Authentication login name login_name

how to get an SPUser object for that login name.

I have tried the

Web.EnsureUser(string.Format("c:0-.f|role|{0}", name));

but it gives me that the name was not found exception.

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change 'role' for the name of your membership provider. –  James Love Jan 5 '13 at 13:27
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My comment above will probably resolve your immediate requirement, but I also have a similar requirement for getting an SPUser for a username from a claim that can be from any issuer (forms, windows, trusted IP), so if someone has a more complete answer, I'd be grateful, too :) –  James Love Jan 5 '13 at 13:28
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