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Using xPath on an HTTP xml body

Hi, 

I'm trying to change the xml format of an HTTP request to JSON format using the xpath expression in flow. 

 

Here is my xml :

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<feed xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2005/Atom" xmlns:d="http://schemas.microsoft.com/ado/2007/08/dataservices" xmlns:m="http://schemas.microsoft.com/ado/2007/08/dataservices/metadata" xmlns:georss="http://www.georss.org/georss" xmlns:gml="http://www.opengis.net/gml" xml:base="https://tenant.sharepoint.com/sites/sitename/_api/">
<id>d1fd24b2-eeb1-4820-a545-f071653f467e</id>
<title/>
<updated>2017-12-01T10:40:43Z</updated>
<entry m:etag="&quot;4&quot;">
    <id>cda821b5-e13b-4dff-9c2e-5be55f5fa3d1</id>
    <category term="SP.Data.EmployeesListItem" scheme="http://schemas.microsoft.com/ado/2007/08/dataservices/scheme"/>
    <link rel="edit" href="Web/Lists(guid'5b359dba-549b-4210-8afa-5e4fe2aeb166')/Items(3431)"/>
    <link rel="http://schemas.microsoft.com/ado/2007/08/dataservices/related/LineManager" type="application/atom+xml;type=entry" title="LineManager" href="Web/Lists(guid'5b359dba-549b-4210-8afa-5e4fe2aeb166')/Items(3431)/LineManager">
    <m:inline>
        <entry>
            <id>4f07e464-50cd-4faf-8324-8a4b26878b5a</id>
            <category term="SP.Data.UserInfoItem" scheme="http://schemas.microsoft.com/ado/2007/08/dataservices/scheme"/>
            <title/>
            <updated>2017-12-01T10:40:43Z</updated>
            <author>
                <name/>
            </author>
            <content type="application/xml">
            <m: properties>
                <d:EMail>testemail@test.com</d:EMail>
                <d:Title>ps admin</d:Title>
            </m: properties>
        </content>
    </entry>
</m:inline>
</link>
<title/>
<updated>2017-12-01T10:40:43Z</updated>
<author>
    <name/>
</author>
<content type="application/xml">
<m: properties>
    <d: PSFullName>PS Employee</d: PSFullName>
</m: properties>
</content>
</entry>
</feed>

Here is my expression : 

xpath(xml(body('Invoke_an_HTTP_request')), string('/feed/entry/link[2]/m:inline/entry/content/m: properties/d:EMail'))

 

I get the follwing error :

 

InvalidTemplate. Unable to process template language expressions in action 'Set_variable' inputs at line '1' and column '2158': 'The template language function 'xpath' parameters are invalid: the 'xpath' parameter must be a supported, well formed XPath expression. Please see https://aka.ms/logicexpressions#xpath for usage details.'.

 

The desired result is to retrieve the email address in the <d:Email > tag.

 

Thanks for any help in advance, 

Macaurly. 

 

 

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Anonymous
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why aren't you receiving that request in JSON?

gonna play with this a bit.

 

 

the main issue with the XPath here is because of the namespaces.  XPath probably doesn't know what m or d are.

 

to perform query without caring about the namespace, you can use local-name()

 

try:

 

xpath(xml(outputs('Compose')), '//*[local-name()="properties"]/*[local-name()="EMail"]/text()')

Compose = XML string

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Anonymous
Not applicable

why aren't you receiving that request in JSON?

gonna play with this a bit.

 

 

the main issue with the XPath here is because of the namespaces.  XPath probably doesn't know what m or d are.

 

to perform query without caring about the namespace, you can use local-name()

 

try:

 

xpath(xml(outputs('Compose')), '//*[local-name()="properties"]/*[local-name()="EMail"]/text()')

Compose = XML string

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Thanks for the reply John 🙂

 

Its a bit of a long story really as to why its coming back as XML. We have a list that exceeds the lookup limit in SharePoint Online, but because there is no $select on the SharePoint connector it fails as it tries to return too much data, as a work around we are using the Azure AD HTTP Connector which has no option to pass headers so it comes back as XML, hence why we are here 🙂

 

I'll try the XPath suggestion you posted, thank you.

Thanks John, this solves our problem 🙂

Anonymous
Not applicable

hi, 

 

i have a similar issue here, but i am a bit confused about the wokraround you mentioned. what exactly does compose action have in "Compose = XML String"?

 

thanks in advance. 

Anonymous
Not applicable

write that expression in a Compose action.

Compose is used like a "build string" action here - use the expression editor to enter the formula in a Compose to extract the fields you want through XPath
Helper V
Helper V

Very very very helpfull!!!

Guys!

Whats I have to do to get this three items?

 

XMLDuplicatas.png

 

Thank you for any help.

Robson.

 

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