Thursday, March 15, 2007

list does not exist error on a publishing site

Problem:
SiteCollection administrator/designers/approvers do not see this error.
Any normal user(including the full control/site owner gropu user) accessing any page in the site gets the error: The page you selected contains a list that does not exist. It may have been deleted by another user. Troubleshoot issues with Windows SharePoint Services.

Reason 1:
Here the list is not a normal list. It is the 'Masterpage gallery' list. This error is due to the fact that all the users/groups are not added to the 'Master Page Gallery' by default. This happened to me after activating the publishing feature to a collaboration site.

Fix 1:

  1. Go to the master page gallery associated with the site. http://sitename/sites/site/_layouts/sitemanager.aspx
  2. Click on the 'master page gallery' context menu -> Edit Properties -> Permissions for this document library -> add the group/user with contributor access. Read access also fine

Reason 2:

The page layout/master page is checked out or in approval state pending.

Fix 2:

Open the site in sharepoint designer and check-in/approve the masterpage/page lay out.

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