I am having the following exception when trying to get a list that I know it exists.

yes, I know the using should not be used in this case but thats not my code :), but I dont think thats the problem

 using (SPWeb CurrentSite = SPContext.Current.Site.RootWeb)
                string listUrl = string.Format("{0}/Lists/RequestAccess", CurrentSite.Url);
                SPList list = CurrentSite.GetList(listUrl);

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As per msdn SPWeb.GetList accepts server relative url, but you pass absolute url, may be this is the issue.

  • Use the CurrentSite.ServerRelativeUrl. Also ensure to check for the trailling backslash so you dont get two of them.
    – Roman
    Apr 14, 2012 at 2:43

If you are facing issues with SpWeb.Getlist() then instead of that you can SpWeb.Lists["ListName"] which takes list title as parameter. no need to provide the URL.

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