error: This operation would create an incorrectly structured document c# entity-framework-6


I keep trying to install the entity framework 6 and it always rolls back with the error of

error: This operation would create an incorrectly structured document.

I've uninstalled all the references to every dll mentioned at this location.

The crazy thing is that i can create a new project, create a webAPI program, and attempt to add Entity Framework 6 and I get the same error, even after removing all references to System.Data.Entity.dll I'm already a few days into this, and needing serious help.

what can i do to get Entity Framework 6 to install?

Note: It will install just find to a class library just not a WebApi or MVC application.

If it helps here is some more detailed error info.

PM> Install-Package EntityFramework -Version 6.0.0
Installing 'EntityFramework 6.0.0'.
Successfully installed 'EntityFramework 6.0.0'.
Adding 'EntityFramework 6.0.0' to AC.
Successfully added 'EntityFramework 6.0.0' to AC.
System.InvalidOperationException: This operation would create an incorrectly structured document.
   at System.Xml.Linq.XDocument.ValidateDocument(XNode previous, XmlNodeType allowBefore, XmlNodeType allowAfter)
   at System.Xml.Linq.XDocument.ValidateNode(XNode node, XNode previous)
   at System.Xml.Linq.XContainer.AddNodeSkipNotify(XNode n)
   at System.Xml.Linq.XContainer.AddContentSkipNotify(Object content)
   at System.Xml.Linq.XContainer.Add(Object content)
   at System.Data.Entity.Migrations.Extensions.XContainerExtensions.GetOrCreateElement(XContainer container, String elementName, XAttribute[] attributes)
   at System.Data.Entity.ConnectionFactoryConfig.ConfigFileManipulator.AddOrUpdateConfigSection(XDocument config, Version entityFrameworkVersion)
   at System.Data.Entity.ConnectionFactoryConfig.InitializeEntityFrameworkCommand.<>c__DisplayClass3.<Execute>b__1(XDocument c)
   at System.Data.Entity.ConnectionFactoryConfig.ConfigFileProcessor.ProcessConfigFile(ProjectItem configItem, IEnumerable`1 manipulators)
   at System.Data.Entity.ConnectionFactoryConfig.InitializeEntityFrameworkCommand.<>c__DisplayClass3.<Execute>b__0(ProjectItem i)
   at System.Data.Entity.ConnectionFactoryConfig.ConfigFileFinder.FindConfigFiles(ProjectItems items, Action`1 action)
   at System.Data.Entity.ConnectionFactoryConfig.InitializeEntityFrameworkCommand.Execute()
   at System.Data.Entity.Migrations.MigrationsDomainCommand.Execute(Action command)
Uninstalling 'EntityFramework 6.0.0'.
Successfully uninstalled 'EntityFramework 6.0.0'.
Install failed. Rolling back...
Install-Package : This operation would create an incorrectly structured document.
At line:1 char:16
+ Install-Package <<<<  EntityFramework -Version 6.0.0
    + CategoryInfo          : NotSpecified: (:) [Install-Package], RuntimeException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : NuGetCmdletUnhandledException,NuGet.PowerShell.Commands.InstallPackageCommand
11/13/2013 9:21:54 PM

Accepted Answer

When Entity Framework is upgraded, the app.config or web.config files will get stuff written into them. I suspect that might be the problem. Take a look at your app.config or web.config files. Maybe the EF upgrade is having trouble writing to them without making an invalid xml document.

12/12/2013 6:36:35 AM

Popular Answer

I had the same problem. It turned out that I was adding EF to one of my really old projects and web.config had this namespace defined for <configuration /> element:

<configuration xmlns="">

Removing that namespace declaration (xmlns="") helped and solved this issue.

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