Losing and Reestablishing Connection Between List Definition and Instance

After getting the latest version of a SharePoint project from TFS and deploying it a list had lost all it’s custom columns. Title, Comment, and Description were the only survivors.

Interestingly, the schema.xml file in …\15\TEMPLATE\FEATURES\MyProject_MyFeature contained the correct fields.

After some head scratching I changed the list definition’s generic Type ID of 10000 to a specific one:

  • …\MyProject\MyList\Elements.xml: Type=”10033″
  • …\MyProject\MyList\MyListInstance\Elements.xml: TemplateType=”10033″

Re-deployed, problem solved.

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