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SharePoint::SOAPHandler - Perl extension for providing a Sharepoint connecter instance for CopyTree::VendorProof.

This module provides a new [sic.] contructor and necessary subclass methods for CopyTree::VendorProof in order to deal with remote Sharepoint file operations.


Oh, yes. You've probabaly stumbled across this module because you wanted to copy something recursively. Did you want to move some files into or off your SharePoint file server? Did you buy Opentext's Livelink EWS and wish to automate some file transfers? Well, this is kinda the right place, but it gets righter. Check out the documentation on my CopyTree::VendorProof module, where I have a priceless drill and screw analogy for how these modules all work together. The information on this page is a tad too technical if all you're trying to decide is whether this is the module you need.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Your Implementation might not work unless you read this! ^

Currenly, you need to install Authen::NTLM version 1.09 or greater for this module to work. With my v1.09 tweak to Authen::NTLM on CPAN, this module should just work. If you actually use Authen::NTLM directly for some reason, remember to set


prior to using SharePoint::SOAPHandler. You did remember to export ntlmv2, no?

        use Authen::NTLM qw(ntlmv2);

For those of you with earlier versions of Authen::NTLM, see the historic segment below.

Also, if your Sharepoint connects through https, but does not go through a proxy server, even though all your OTHER http/ https traffic does, you must:

        delete $ENV{'https_proxy'}

This is because when SOAP::Lite -> proxy calls SOAP::Transport, your %ENV is inspected for proxy settings. Specifying the https sharepoint domain on the no_proxy list will not mask https_proxy, because oddly, no_proxy only works for 'no http' and not 'no https'. These are just some annoying things I discovered. Your milage may vary.


Please note that as of this writing in July 2011, there is an NTLM bug that needs to be hacked for the sharepoint connector SharePoint::SPCOPY to work. Basically, LWP normally automatically negotiates NTLM protocols, and calls its LWP::Authen::Ntlm to in turn call Authen::NTLM to authenticate against windows domains. The problem is, sharepoint prefers an authentication between ntlmv2 and ntlmv1 that's offered by the Authen::NTLM package. LWP::Authen::Ntlm does not specify any version. This causes authentication to fail on sharepoint. The web community offers a quick fix to 'patch' Authen::NTLM, which involves finding the Authen::NTLM module (perhaps in /usr/local/share/perl/5.10.1/Authen/ and changing around line 289, where $domain =substr($challenge, $c_info->{domain}{offset}, $c_info->{domain}{len}); is to be changed to $domain = &unicode("domain"); This is CRITICALLY IMPORTANT if you want SharePoint::SOAPHandler to work. I have created a patch that is a varient of this solution, but does not break backwards compatibility. You can find this patch at

Remember, either of these fixes must be applied for this module to work. If the above instructions are unclear, please google

----end historic----


  use SharePoint::SOAPHandler;

To create a soaphandler connector instance:

        my $soaphandler_inst = SharePoint::SOAPHandler ->new;

#set up connection parameters

#IMPORTANT sp_creds_domain should not have the protocol (http or https://)

        $soaphandler_inst ->sp_creds_domain('');
        $soaphandler_inst ->sp_creds_user('DOMAIN_in_CAPs\username');
        $soaphandler_inst ->sp_creds_password('domain_password');
        $soaphandler_inst ->sp_authorizedroot('');

To add a source or destination item to a CopyTree::VendorProof instance:

        my $ctvp_inst = CopyTree::VendorProof ->new;

All Sharepoint file operations defined in this module uses 'Shared Documents' as a starting root path. To define any file, you need not (and may not) provide the full uri. Since Microsoft sometimes requests partial url and sometimes requests full urls, I prefer to append information rather than match and remove information from a url string. Was that whining I hear? I didn't see you writing a module for sharepoint.

#all soaphandler paths starts with Shared Documents/

        $ctvp_inst ->src ('Shared Documents/path to your source', $soaphandler_inst);

        $ctvp_inst ->dst ('Shared Documents/path to your destination', $soaphandler_inst);

        $ctvp_inst ->cp;

This in effect copies

        Shared Documents/path to your source

to your

        path to your destination/source base name' 

if your source is a dir, or if your sources are a mixture of dirs and /or files.

If you're doing single file to single file copy, you would have

        'Shared Documents/path to your destination'

holding the content of your source file.


SharePoint::SOAPHandler provides different types of methods.

First, it provides connection methods to allow us to connect to sharepoint. These connection methods that you see in the SYNOPSIS are pretty self explanatory.

Second, SharePoint::SOAPHandler provides methods for its parent class (CopyTree::VendorProof), which includes


The functionality of these methods are described in

perldoc CopyTree::VendorProof

Under the section "Object specific instance methods for the base class CopyTree::VendorProof"

It is worth nothing that fdls comes in quite handy for testing whether you can actually connect to your sharepoint resource using this module. Simply open up your web browser and go to your sharepoint site, and fdls any directory that you can see under Shared Documents. If you do a Dumper print, you should have a list of files and dirs.

        use Data::Dumper;
        print Dumper $soaphandler_inst -> fdls('', 'Shared Documents');

Lastly, SharePoint::SOAPHandler also provides methods for interacting with sharepoint's getlistcollection items. These sharepoint methods are not extensively tested and are not supported, nor is it documented here. To tell the truth, not all methods are *entensively* tested, but with these you are especially on your own.


CopyTree::VendorProof CopyTree::VendorProof::LocalFileOp Livelink::DAV


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Copyright (C) 2011 by dbmolester

This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself, either Perl version 5.10.1 or, at your option, any later version of Perl 5 you may have available.

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