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SIS loader gives: The reference to entity "M" must end with the ';' delimiter.

  • Product: Alma




SIS Patron Loader fails with: "The reference to entity "M" must end with the ';' delimiter."


Based on our experience, the XML input file has a special character. It needs to be escaped. 


Solution documented at:



Additional Information

To find the "offensive" character:

1. Find and unzip the input file

2. Open the XML input file with an XML reader such as XML Notepad, it will detect the problematic character (e.g.

3. Now that we have the line number, open the file with NotePad++, go to that row and fix it (e.g.:



  • Article last edited: 19-AUG-2016