XML Parsing Error: prefix not bound to a namespace

Lohr, Donald lohrda at jmu.edu
Thu May 7 02:26:05 UTC 2020

Yes dummy is it-federation-dev. I was trying to not disclose that real name.

So lets say I can find this corruption or hidden character, how do I 
correct the IdP metadata?

The idp.home/metadata/idp-metadata.xml file, in the <EntityDescriptor 
line has double space looking characters where the same line in my 
production Idp idp.home/metadata file only has on space looking character.


On 5/6/20 10:01 PM, Cantor, Scott wrote:
>> We are trying to figure out what this means.
> It means exactly what people have said. The XML you're looking at is not what the SP is actually consuming, or there's a hidden character in there corrupting it.
> The SP won't back up a metadata file that's invalid to disk, so the only thing you can do is access the SP on-host and do a direct fetch of the URL it's being given to load. There is absolutely no chance that the shibmd prefix is declared in that XML, or if it seems to be, it's not *actually* declared and there's a hidden character in it somewhere.
> -- Scott

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