I am trying to save a site as a template. During this process it throws an error "Error exporting the site field named "Parent Level".

Am I doing anything wrong?

Kind Regards, Sepaka

  • Is Parent Level a lookup field? and it's a custom field or not? Jan 16, 2012 at 12:52
  • I don't have any idea Kai. This has never happened before. I dont have a list or library with such name.
    – Sepaka
    Jan 16, 2012 at 13:01
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    As message says this is a field, not a list. We had exactly the same error when in our lookup field definition was missing Overwrite="TRUE" attribute. Jan 16, 2012 at 13:14
  • I get the exact same error, like this: [SPException: Error exporting the site field named "Category".]. It happens on any SPWeb (site) under the current SPSite. I have located 11 lists with either a InternalName or DisplayName set as Category . All lists can be used normally and saved as list templates themselves. Most of the fields are Choice, and three are TaxonomyFieldType.
    – eirikb
    Aug 14, 2012 at 7:45
  • Is this a publishing site? Sep 23, 2012 at 6:08

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Thank you very much for the "Overwrite=True" hint, which solved a problem I have spent 10 hours solve.

I have a SharePoint Sandboxed Solution which creates a SP Schema in a Subsite with a number og Lookup columns and this works fine when saving as a SP Template. Now I am converting it to a Farm solution and I get this "Error exporting the site field named xxxx" awfull error....

Perfect! Michael

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    Nov 23, 2012 at 13:19

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