## SharePoint - How to display stack trace error in the browser.

Here’s an oldie, but a goodie!

SharePoint provides “friendly error messages”, that are comparable to an inane conversation with a stranger about the weather at the bus stop. For example: “An unexpected error has occurred” (The plot thickens…)

Sometimes you just want to know why you can’t browse to a SharePoint page, without having to root through ULS/IIS logs on the server.

To disable these custom error messages:

1. On the server find the web application config in question. Usually under C:\inetpub\wwwroot\wss\VirtualDirectories\web.config
2. Backup the web.config
4. Search for ”CallStack” it should be under the node named <SafeMode>
5. Change the callstack attribute’s value from false to true
6. Search for customErrors and change the attribute’s value from On to Off