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I have a workflow that converts a docx to pdf then does some more processing on the document.

I would like to kill/terminate/cancel the workflow if the conversion fails but I am not sure the best way to do this. Do I just throw an exception and let that kill the workflow? I would like to leave a useful message in the history other than "Error Occurred" that could help with debugging.

I have a couple other areas in the code where I would also like to be able to kill the workflow and leave a useful History message and outcome.

Is there a good way to do this?

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I actually try to handle the exception first and write some meaningful event log otherwise I let it bubble. Check out these links and decide a method most suitable for you -

MSDN Description of Workflow Fault Handling

Fault Handling in SharePoint Workflow

Example of error handling and writing event logs in SharePoint Workflow

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