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Error Importing XER File: "Risk Category: - Has a Circular Reference to Itself. It Will Be Moved to the root." in Primavera P6 Professional. (Doc ID 2373678.1)

Last updated on JUNE 04, 2019

Applies to:

Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management - Version and later
Primavera P6 Professional Project Management - Version and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.


When attempting to Import a specific P6 XER file the following error occurs, and the Import does not complete:

Error: "Risk Category: - has a circular reference to itself. It will be moved to the root."

The issue can be reproduced at will with the following steps:
1. Open P6 Client.
2. File, Import.
3. Select a XER file to Import.

Attempting to click on "OK" or closing the error popup window, results in a new one in its place. The user will become stuck in an infinite loop of error messages. The only way to leave this is to manually shut down the application through a method such as the Task Manager.


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