Error installing relationships using a SalesLogix web manifest

I recently ran into a puzzling error trying to install a web manifest bundle that read something like:

Error installing model item Entity1.EntityProperty 1:M Entity2.EntityProperty (Entity ModelRelationshipsEntity1.Entity2.1fdkljhdsfhsdfpof34nf34k.xml) Object reference not set to an instance of an object.

I could not figure out what could be wrong, there were other relationships in the manifest that were not failing, so why this one?

After a lot of head scratching, a simple solution.  The entity that the relationship was defined for was not in the system, nor in the manifest.  Once I saw that the message was a little more obvious but it sure would be nice if the error stated “Unable to create relationship.  Entity is missing” or something a little more friendly.  So if you are installing a manifest and see an error on a relationship make sure you check to see that the entities being related to are in the manifest or are already in the system.


Kris Halsrud

Kris Halsrud is a Senior Analyst / Developer for Customer FX Corporation.

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