I have a customized functionality to delete a SharePoint field in my SharePoint online site. I'm deleting the said field from content types, associated lists and finally deleting the site column itself through code.

But when I try to load a custom view of a content type, the below exception occurs.

Column '' does not exist. It may have been deleted by another user

I'm loading a document "File" and try to get "ListItemAllFields" to render some information on the view. The exception occurs on the below lines of code.

var templatedocument = ctx.Web.GetFileByServerRelativeUrl(contentType.DocumentTemplateUrl);

I'm trying to figure out where the reference is coming from, as I have deleted the field from SharePoint.

Note: Surprisingly, the the issue does not occur after about 5 minutes.

The code to delete the field is as follows.

                    //// delete the field from Content type
                foreach (var contentTypeName in contentTypeColection)
                    ContentType contentType = ctx.Web.GetContentTypeByName(contentTypeName);
                    FieldLink selectedField = contentType.FieldLinks.GetById(field.Id);

                    //// Add Audit entry- delete field from content type
                    var audit = this.SaveAuditForDeleteFields(tenant, contentType.Id.ToString(), field.Title);
                    if (audit != null)

                //// delete the field from list content type
                var listField = list.Fields.GetByInternalNameOrTitle(field.InternalName);
                if (listField != null)

                //// delete the field from template library
                var templateListField = templateList.Fields.GetByInternalNameOrTitle(field.InternalName);

                if (templateListField != null)

            //// delete the field from site columns

Any idea on what's happening would be really helpful.

  • Show more of your script including the part where you're deleting the field. Your code is obviously expecting that field to be there. Commented Mar 7, 2018 at 14:28
  • @DerekGusoff I have updated the question with the code to delete the field. Do you know why that the ListItemAllFields is expecting the field to be there? because i have deleted all the references of that field. Commented Mar 8, 2018 at 3:03

1 Answer 1


You've deleted the field but the list object remains the same, meaning its representation in memory has not changed. So it's in a stale state.

Re-instantiate the list object and you should be back in business. Optionally a list.Update() might also do the trick.

  • 1
    thenks @derek for the reply. I was caching the context, and while I'm retrieving the data, I was taking it from the cache. As you suggested, re-initiating the list worked perfectly. Thanks a lot for the help Commented Mar 14, 2018 at 2:54

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.