I have recently started experiencing issues when saving or running any dataflow profiles in Magento. When trying to do so I get the following error message:

Please set available and/or protected paths list(s) before validation.

After reviewing the code I came across the following inside the Mage_ImportExport_Helper_Data class on or around line 57:

public function getLocalValidPaths()
    $paths = Mage::getStoreConfig('general/file/importexport_local_valid_paths');
    return $paths;

This function is setting the returning a list of paths that are allowed to be inputted. The variable being returned is null everytime even though the following is set in the Mage_ImportExport extensions config.xml file:


Has anyone experienced this issue before and know how it can be resolved?

1 Answer 1


There is no system.xml in Mage_ImportExport, therefore you can not edit this setting in the backend.

You might still want to check core_config_data, just in case some data or install script did something with this setting. The path should be general/file/importexport_local_valid_paths (/available?) So just search for LIKE %general/file/importexport_local_valid_paths%

And the last idea I have is, that for some reason, you overwrite this setting in some other config.xml or app/etc/local.xml

  • Hi Fabian, Thanks for your reply. What setting should I be looking for in particular inside the core_config_data table? Jun 29, 2015 at 8:47
  • edited the answer to add this info :) Jun 29, 2015 at 9:31
  • Thanks Fabian. The row was missing from the table so must have been removed in the past some how. Thanks again for your help. Jun 29, 2015 at 12:59

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