Custom wsdlHelpGenerator + webroot = error
Why are the smallest bugs in the .NET framework always the most disproportionately frustrating? Take the wsdlHelpGenerator element, for example. Sure, it seems straightforward enough; you want to replace the default crappy, random hash sorted list of Web Service methods with one that's (shock!) in alphabetical order. I know, it's crazy talk, but bear with me. So you'd...
- Make a copy of the
- Rename that file to
CustomWsdlHelpGenerator.aspxand place it in the root of your Web Service solution
- Open the file and make a simple one-line modification, replacing
- Modify your
Web.configto include the following:
<webServices> <wsdlHelpGenerator href="CustomWsdlHelpGenerator.aspx" /> </webServices>
And it works great! Well, as long as you deploy your Web Service to a subfolder under the webroot (eg, http://staging.company.com/mywebservice/). However. If you deploy this very same code to a root URL (eg, http://mywebservice.company.com/, you get this exciting, ultra-fatal error:
Description: An error occurred during the processing of a configuration file required to service this request. Please review the specific error details below and modify your configuration file appropriately.
Parser Error Message: Exception in configuration section handler.
This makes deploying to production a lot more, uh, thrilling than it would otherwise be. Commenting the
wsdlHelpGenerator line out "fixes" the problem. So does moving the webservice to a subfolder under the root.
This egregious bug in the .NET framework really pisses me off, particularly since it has persisted into 1.1 SP1. I can find lots of people complaining about this in Google Groups, but I can't find one single workaround. Can you? Class? Bueller? Bueller?