Is there any solid (proven) method of creating Site columns (lookups) where list GUID is not known?
I think this is where feature activation kicks in; getting the lookup list by its name and then using the GUID to create the lookup.
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Isn't too difficult really, in the FeatureActivated method, you just create a new SPieldLookup (using SPWeb.Fields.AddLookup() for the SPSite's RootWeb), and set the properties for the SPFieldLookup as required.
First time doing it? Bit tricky if you've never made a FeatureReceiver before, let me know if you need a tutorial do that, and here's some sample code that should get you started (this will create a field that matches to "Title" of "My List") [also, this needs to be a FeatureReceiver for a Site Collection -scoped Feature];
SPWeb oWeb = ((SPSite)Feature.Parent).OpenWeb(); SPList oList = oWeb.Lists["My List"]; oWeb.Fields.AddLookup("My Lookup Column", oList.Id, false); SPFieldLookup lkp = (SPFieldLookup)oWeb.Fields["my Lookup Column"]; lkp.LookupField = "Title"; lkp.Update();
Take a look at this article: