I'm not sure if it's just your email client, or if it's in the actual file, but there seems to be an extraneous Unicode character just before your </rp:RelyingParty> that may not be visible in many editors/fonts.
Might be worth a try just deleting that.
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From: Discussion list for Shibboleth developments [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Matthew Slowe
Sent: 13 February 2013 12:34
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Subject: Element 'RelyingParty' cannot have character [children]
I am trying to set up a new IdP from scratch...
With 2.3.8 (and downgrading to 2.3.6), I am getting the following error while starting up:
12:27:12.317 - ERROR [edu.internet2.middleware.shibboleth.common.config.BaseService:188] - Configuration was not loaded for shibboleth.RelyingPartyConfigurationManager service, error creating components. The root cause of this error was: org.xml.sax.SAXParseException: cvc-complex-type.2.3: Element 'rp:RelyingParty' cannot have character [children], because the type's content type is element-only.
I have added a manual RelyingParty element (for Office365) inside the <rp:RelyingPartGroup> element:
<!-- Microsoft Windows Azure AD -->
If I comment out the whole block then it's ok.
If I remove the ProfileConfiguration element and turn it into an "attribute only" thing (<rp:RelyingParty ... />) then it's ok.
All the examples say this should be ok ... and is ok on another of my IdPs.
Full copy of the relying-party.xml at http://pastebin.com/aVCrBjnK
I can't see the problem :( Please help...
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