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The path does not have a valid format.


I got this strange erro when I randomly started my project. I think it has something to do about the IIS 7. But I'm not sure.


The stack trace says:

[ArgumentException: Sökvägen har inte ett giltigt format.]
   System.IO.Path.NormalizePath(String path, Boolean fullCheck, Int32 maxPathLength) +10668470
   System.IO.Path.GetFullPathInternal(String path) +46
   System.IO.Path.GetFullPath(String path) +33
   System.Drawing.IntSecurity.UnsafeGetFullPath(String fileName) +89
   System.Drawing.IntSecurity.DemandReadFileIO(String fileName) +32
   System.Drawing.Image.FromFile(String filename, Boolean useEmbeddedColorManagement) +472338
   System.Drawing.Image.FromFile(String filename) +6
   EPiServer.Community.ImageGallery.ImageGalleryModule.LoadTag(WatermarkElement tagRow) +114
   EPiServer.Community.ImageGallery.ImageGalleryModule.LoadSettings() +675
   EPiServer.Community.ImageGallery.ImageGalleryModule.Initialize(InitializationEngine context) +77
   EPiServer.Framework.Initialization.<>c__DisplayClass5.<Initialize>b__4() +56
   EPiServer.Framework.Initialization.ModuleNode.Execute(Action a, String key) +73
   EPiServer.Framework.Initialization.ModuleNode.Initialize(InitializationEngine context) +141
   EPiServer.Framework.Initialization.InitializationEngine.InitializeModules() +445
   EPiServer.Framework.Initialization.InitializationEngine.Initialize(HostType hostType) +256
   EPiServer.Framework.Initialization.InitializationModule.Initialize(HostType hostType) +344
   EPiServer.Framework.Initialization.InitializationModule.FrameworkInitialization(HostType hostType) +78
   EPiServer.Global..ctor() +83
   TheNonViolenceProject.Global..ctor() +42
   ASP.global_asax..ctor() +56

HttpException (0x80004005): Ett undantagsfel har inträffat i målet för en aktivering.]
   System.Web.HttpRuntime.FirstRequestInit(HttpContext context) +9874840
   System.Web.HttpRuntime.EnsureFirstRequestInit(HttpContext context) +101
   System.Web.HttpRuntime.ProcessRequestNotificationPrivate(IIS7WorkerRequest wr, HttpContext context) +254

Any ideas on this? Please help me!
Feb 11, 2014 8:16

If you have configured watermarks for you image galleries you can check once again and verify correctness of following attribute (imageAbsoluteFilePath):

      <site siteId="*">
          <watermark imageAbsoluteFilePath="?">



Feb 11, 2014 8:31

I'm getting closer! When I added the "?" It says: Illegal characters in path.

I have no idea what this is about cuz I never used the watermark!

Thank you Valdis Iljuconoks!

Feb 11, 2014 8:36


My path in web.config is looking for:


But I'm missing ImageGallery\Originals

So something is fucked up (y)

Feb 11, 2014 8:45

Try to comment out watermark element. EPiServer will not try to initialize it if it does not exist.

Feb 11, 2014 8:47

Well now I'm getting exception on 

 var layoutModel = new LayoutModel.
So I'm much closer than I was before, thank you again Valdis Iljuconoks
Feb 11, 2014 8:49
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