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Visual Studio 2005: "The Directory Name is Invalid" Error

, 27 May 2006
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When renaming a control ID in VS2005 Web Project at design, IDE may trough an error.

Visual Studio 2005: "The Directory Name is Invalid" Error

Visual Studio 2005: "Failed to find definition" Error


When working with a Web Site project in Visual Studio 2005 you may get an error when re-naming control ID in design mode. Error message can be one of the following:

  • Failed to find definition.
  • The directory name is invalid.

Sample Image - VSPropRenameBug.gif

The error may not happen if you don't have App_Code directory defined within your project.


1. Navigate to the directory
..\Documents and Settings\<%UserName%>\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\WebsiteCache

2. Create a folder with the same name as the name of your project.


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Alex B. Clarke
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United Kingdom United Kingdom
Alex B. Clarke is a professioinal software developer specialising in .Net, C#, Asp.Net, SQL, ADSI, CDO, and other technolgies. He writes applications that automate business processes.

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GeneralThank you PinmemberMukesh_B6-Jul-07 0:40 

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