Error "Insufficient permission to publish data source" or "File path for the output step isn't valid" When Prep Flow Output Name Contains New Line Character

Published: 20 Jun 2023
Last Modified Date: 23 Jun 2023


When a published data source flow output name contains a special character, the flow fails to run on Tableau Server or Tableau Cloud with the error message:

Insufficient permission to publish data source.


The file path for the output step isn't valid.  Check that the file name and path is valid, the file name doesn't use "/", "\" or other special characters, and that you have write permissions to that location.

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  • Tableau Server
  • Tableau Cloud
  • Tableau Prep Builder
  • Tableau Prep Conductor


Remove any special characters in a published data source output name for a flow prior to publishing to Tableau Server or Tableau Cloud.

Check with the documentation of your operating system to know what special characters are not allowed.


By design due to an invalid character for the operating system in the Flow output name.
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