KB-1217 "The content <content> was not exported because it contains an invalid precedent: content <content> cannot be found" error thrown when exporting an application


When exporting an application from Appian Designer, not all objects in the application are exported and the output log displays the following error:

The content [id=XXXXX uuid=_X-XXXXXXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXXXXXXXXXX_XXXXX] was not exported because it contains an invalid precedent: content [uuid=XXXXX location=Interface Definition] cannot be found. (APNX-1-4070-001) (APNX-1-4071-003)


A required precedent has been deleted. The export log will show its original local ID in the uuid=XXXX section from the example above.


If the object was deleted by accident:

  1. Search for the deleted object by the ID reported in the log as uuid=XXXX inside <APPIAN_HOME>/logs/deletion.log.
  2. Restore the deleted object by importing a patch with this object after exporting it from another environment.
  3. Once the missing precend is resolved, re-export the application.

If the object was deleted on purpose:

  1. Open the non-exportable object reported in the export log.
  2. Update/remove references to the deleted object.
  3. Once the obsolete references to the deleted object are resolved, re-export the application.

Tip: The shared component, Content Details by UUID, can aid in finding objects by UUID and ID if they have not been deleted.

Affected Versions

This article applies to all versions of Appian.

Last Reviewed: March 2017