I am invoking the Lists web service in Sharepoint 2010 and need to retrieve a single list Item only. I have the URL to the actual item and I am framing my query like this:

`<S:Envelope xmlns:S="http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/soap/envelope/">    
<GetListItems xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/sharepoint/soap/"><listName>{5cbc4407-3851-4e00-964a-bb7e9b430f9f}</listName>    <viewName></viewName>    <rowLimit>1000</rowLimit>    <webID></webID>
**<FieldRef Name = "EncodedAbsUrl" >
</FieldRef><Value Type = "Text">http://sp10/Shared Documents/Ashish/Word_feb27.doc</Value></Eq>**
<FieldRef Name="FSObjType"/><FieldRef Name="LinkFilename"/><FieldRef Name="UniqueId"/><FieldRef Name="FileRef"/>
<FieldRef Name="FileRef"/><FieldRef Name="EncodedAbsUrl"/><FieldRef Name="FileSizeDisplay"/><FieldRef Name="_UIVersionString"/>

<FieldRef Name="_owshiddenversion"/>

However the results that I get are multiple where it really should be just retrieving one z:row.

Anybody know what's up?

2 Answers 2


Your query is invalid because of the And element. It is throwing off your query and returning all the rows. This will result in all the rows being returned. Either add a second condition or remove the element.

  • yep, I just altered that....but it is still returning all the elements, apparently it did not make a difference :P Commented Sep 24, 2012 at 21:57
  • You will often see "extra" rows coming back when the CAML query syntax in invalid. PirateEric's suggestion to use a tool to compose the query is a good one. Commented Sep 25, 2012 at 2:06

Can try debugging the CAML in BIWUG CAMLDesigner, http://sharepoint.biwug.be/CamlDesigner/CamlDesigner.application

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