MISSING FILES IN DOCUMENT LIBRARIES

Note: this is not a tested situation (at least by myself). It worked for others and can work for you, so I found it interesting to post it here.

Action:
Upload of multiple files to a document library built from a document library template or upgraded from Sharepoint 2007 to Sharepoint 2010.

Phenomenon:
No files present in the document library after the upload.

Possible causes:

  1. Files with no check in are unmanaged
  2. Alien metadata* fields attached to files
Possible fixes:
  1. In Library Settings, choose Permissions and Management and then check Manage files which have no checked in version, and bulk check in the checked out files
  2. Remove the alien metadata columns, check the option in previous step, and bulk check in all the checked out files
Post fix:
Return to library and check if the files are shown.
Alien metadata refers to fields that are attached to files and do not match the document library fields and vice versa.

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