Unable to publish web site



My web site compiles fine. Tihs was a VS 2003 working application that was
converted to VS 2005. When I try to publish to a directory I get a "Data at
the root level is invalid." error in the published version of web.config line
1. The contents does not reflect the real web.config. I am able to publish
other web sites.

Published version with error looks like:

vti_timelastmodified:TR|08 Aug 2004 19:02:17 -0000

My version looks like (vanilla web.config):

<?xml version="1.0"?>
Note: As an alternative to hand editing this file you can use the
web admin tool to configure settings for your application. Use
the Website->Asp.Net Configuration option in Visual Studio.
A full list of settings and comments can be found in
machine.config.comments usually located in
Set compilation debug="true" to insert debugging
symbols into the compiled page. Because this
affects performance, set this value to true only
during development.
<compilation debug="true"/>
The <authentication> section enables configuration
of the security authentication mode used by
ASP.NET to identify an incoming user.
<authentication mode="Windows"/>
The <customErrors> section enables configuration
of what to do if/when an unhandled error occurs
during the execution of a request. Specifically,
it enables developers to configure html error pages
to be displayed in place of a error stack trace.

<customErrors mode="RemoteOnly"
<error statusCode="403" redirect="NoAccess.htm" />
<error statusCode="404" redirect="FileNotFound.htm" />

Any ideas? Thank in advance.

Chris Fulstow

Hi Todd,

This sounds like the work of FrontPage Server Extensions. Try
disabling them and deleting any _vti* folders from your webroot.


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