Following problem with using ShP 2013 enterprise on premises and ShPDesigner2013:

  1. Given a site http://server/site which holds two document libraries "docs1" and "docs2". Both libraries hold *.docx documents.
  2. The task: Create a ShPDesigner2013 workflow (for some reasons I can't use Visual Studio) which copies the selected document (current item) from docs1 to docs2.
  3. My problem: I have correctly built the request header (Accept - String - application/json;odata=verbose), but the "Call http web service" action with method=POST and http://server/site/_api/web/lists/GetFileByServerRelativeURL('/docs1/test.docx')/copyTo(strNewUrl='/server/site/docs2/test.docx',bOverwrite=true) doesn't work, it cancels with the following error message:

RequestorId: ad9824d3-039b-698e-615a-71e2f4b554df. Details: System.ApplicationException: HTTP 500 {"Transfer-Encoding":["chunked"],"X-SharePointHealthScore":["0"],"SPClientServiceRequestDuration":["54"],"SPRequestGuid":["45bc2344-b620-4a4a-850b-0d5476b09e4e"],"request-id":["45bc2344-b620-4a4a-850b-0d5476b09e4e"],"X-FRAME-OPTIONS":["SAMEORIGIN"],"MicrosoftSharePointTeamServices":[""],"X-Content-Type-Options":["nosniff"],"X-MS-InvokeApp":["1; RequireReadOnly"],"Cache-Control":["max-age=0, private"],"Date":["Tue, 26 Jun 2018 11:46:32 GMT"],"Server":["Microsoft-IIS/8.5"],"X-AspNet-Version":["4.0.30319"],"X-Powered-By":["ASP.NET"]} at Microsoft.Activities.Hosting.Runtime.Subroutine.SubroutineChild.Execute(CodeActivityContext context) at System.Activities.CodeActivity.InternalExecute(ActivityInstance instance, ActivityExecutor executor, BookmarkManager bookmarkManager) at System.Activities.Runtime.ActivityExecutor.ExecuteActivityWorkItem.ExecuteBody(ActivityExecutor executor, BookmarkManager bookmarkManager, Location resultLocation)

What am I doing wrong?

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Firstly, ensure the http://server/site/_api/web/lists/GetFileByServerRelativeURL('/docs1/test.docx') call works because you're not really giving it a server-relative url (/site/docs1/test.docx in your example).

-> you can easily verify if the file was correctly referenced if it returns valid results in the browser or JSOM call.

Secondly, for strNewUrl also provide a server-relative url (/site/docs2/test.docx) => your example had the hostname part "/server" included.

  • If I enter http://server/site/_api/web/getFileByServerRelativeUrl('/site/docs1/test.docx')?$select=Title into the browser, it delivers a correct result. However, if entering into the CALL HTPP: http://server/site/_api/web/getFileByServerRelativeUrl('/site/docs1/test.docx')/copyTo(strNewUrl=''/site/docs2/TestDocTSG.docx',bOverwrite=true) it still cancels...
    – Helimac
    Jun 26, 2018 at 14:27
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    The copyTo requires a POST which you cannot do by navigating to it with a browser. msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/office/… Jun 27, 2018 at 8:58
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    Also, make sure you provide a valid request digest: docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint/dev/sp-add-ins/… Jun 27, 2018 at 9:00
  • Thank you all, the problem is solved, thanks to the different hints on how to type correctly ...
    – Helimac
    Jul 10, 2018 at 9:23
  • @Helimac - how do you fix this? Dec 28, 2018 at 14:01

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