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  Asked By: Geena    Date: Nov 19    Category: MOSS    Views: 1148

We have a MOSS site that has a number of workflows that were deployed
using the SharePoint Designer Workflow Templates. They are working just
as they were designed to do. However when one of them needed to be
modified the .xoml file cannot be opened in SP Designmer and the .xoml,
.rules, and wfconfig.xml files are reading as 0KB in file size.

Any ideas?



9 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Dewayne Clay     Answered On: Nov 19

Can you copy/save the file  locally from the SPD directory viewer?

Answer #2    Answered By: Angelina Newman     Answered On: Nov 19

Yes the site  can be accessed through the
directory viewer. When I try to bring the work flow over to my local
system I only get a 'paste shortcut' (unless I we are looking at
something different than you are referring to.)

No the developer does not have a local copy of the workflows. He works
directly on the server.

Answer #3    Answered By: Shannon Fleming     Answered On: Nov 19

I was thinking specifically of the xoml file, since that's where the meat of
the workflow  is (and it seems to be at the root of the problem here).

Answer #4    Answered By: Aditi Msc     Answered On: Nov 19

From what I understand, those built in workflows  are custom, and cannot
be edited or tweaked in SharePoint designer. I think that possibly a
developer could use Visual Studio to modify those workflows, but I'm not

Answer #5    Answered By: Abinav Basu     Answered On: Nov 19

The workflows  were built using
SharePoint Designer. I've tried VS as well with the same results. It's
strange because they are working  but cannot be accessed.

Answer #6    Answered By: Teresa Simpson     Answered On: Nov 19

Were the workflows  built in the site  where they currently are being run? Or
were they packaged as part of a site template and ended up in the destination
site when it was created?

SPD workflows are normally editable, but I have seen cases in the past where the
security permissions keep them from being edited. Have the permissions for
users changed in the root of the site or has security inheritance been broken on
the folders in SPD?

Finally, are the users trying to edit the workflow  Site collection admins or
regular users? If regular users check to make sure that Contributor settings
haven't been implemented. Using Contributor settings you can turn off a user's
ability to edit SPD workflows.

Answer #7    Answered By: Robby Barr     Answered On: Nov 19

I'm guessing that once a workflow  has been implemented, it is no longer
available for editing. Probably will have to create a new workflow version.

Answer #8    Answered By: Patrick Davis     Answered On: Nov 19

not that I know of. We have edited deployed workflows  before in the

Answer #9    Answered By: Alexander Rocha     Answered On: Nov 19

That's not the case at all with workflows  (SPD or otherwise).

It sounds like something corrupted these things. If they're really reading
0KB for the xoml, your best best is to crank back to a previous version.

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