Import error: Circular reference (conref) detected

This error occurs when one of the files has a conref that references the same file. For example, a long topic reuses content from another section of the same topic.


You receive a message in the Import Errors dialog similar to this:

Circular reference (conref) detected: ...\...\conrefPath


There are two options to resolve the issue:

  • Find in Repository/system/conf, and make the edit ALLOW_CIRCULAR_REFERENCES=true (adding this parameter if required).
  • Remove the conref or change how the content in your files is structured.