I am trying to update some data on postgis through a WFS request to geoserver. More specifically I want to update the geometry of a point. My XML looks like this and works correctly when I execute it through geoserver Demos section:

        <wfs:Transaction service="WFS" version="1.1.0"
          <wfs:Update typeName="geonode:idn_poi_tradecenter_sumba_rbi25k_big_a">
                    <gml:pos>-9.37861241467984 120.9814453125</gml:pos>
              <ogc:FeatureId fid='idn_poi_tradecenter_sumba_rbi25k_big_a.11'/>

When I execute exactly the same xml using python requests, the point is not updated. Although I do get a status_code = 200 back when I print the response of the request I get this:

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?><wfs:TransactionResponse xmlns:xs="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema" xmlns:ogc="http://www.opengis.net/ogc" xmlns:wfs="http://www.opengis.net/wfs" xmlns:geonode="http://www.geonode.org/" xmlns:ows="http://www.opengis.net/ows" xmlns:xlink="http://www.w3.org/1999/xlink" xmlns:gml="http://www.opengis.net/gml" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" version="1.1.0" xsi:schemaLocation="http://www.opengis.net/wfs http://localhost:8080/geoserver/schemas/wfs/1.1.0/wfs.xsd">
<ogc:FeatureId fid="none"/>

If you notice in the response its mentioned:

<ogc:FeatureId fid="none"/>

Does anyone has an idea what's going on?


I found out what was the problem. It was related with encoding issues and hidden whitespaces or something like this. The issue (and major mistake) was that I have copied my XML structure to my email and then I took it from there. Sometimes this cause trouble such as adding hidden spaces etc.

I had to retype the XML string and then it worked. What made me suspect this issue was this line in geoserver log:

Content is not allowed in trailing section
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    can you add the python code you are using? – Ian Turton Aug 2 '16 at 8:05

Did you set the "Content-type" header of your request to "application/xml" or "text/xml"?

  • Yes. I set it as: headers = {'Content-Type': 'application/xml'} – user1919 Aug 1 '16 at 12:43
  • In my geoserver log I get: columnNumber: 31; Content is not allowed in trailing section. Which I dont understand. I have checked the XML in an online validator and its valid. – user1919 Aug 1 '16 at 12:52
  • Seems like whatever geoserver is getting is not valid anymore. Maybe there are character encoding issues? – Andrea Aime Aug 2 '16 at 15:30

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