It's discussed in the following page of the Tool Shed wiki.

On Jan 20, 2014, at 7:27 PM, "Dooley, Damion" <> wrote:

> That advice did the trick, thanks Greg.  I only had .loc files in the upload 
> set; didn't know about the .sample version or 
> tool_data_table_conf.xml.sample.  One thing, did I miss reading the 
> documentation on this somewhere or is this workshop type knowledge?
> ________________________________________
> From: Greg Von Kuster []
> Sent: Monday, January 20, 2014 1:21 PM
> To: Dooley, Damion
> Cc:
> Subject: Re: [galaxy-dev] Toolshed throwing error when reading tool's XML
> Hello Damion,
> Tool Shed repositories that contain tools that include dynamically generated 
> select list parameters that refer to an entry in the tool_data_table_conf.xml 
> file must contain a tool_data_table_conf.xml.sample file that contains the 
> required entry for each dynamic parameter. Similarly, any index files (i.e., 
> ~/tool-data/xxx.loc files) to which the tool_data_table_conf.xml file entries 
> refer must be defined in xxx.loc.sample files included in the tool shed 
> repository along with the tools. If any of these tool_data_table_conf.xml 
> entries or any of the required xxx.loc.sample files are missing from the tool 
> shed repository, the tools will not properly load and metadata will not be 
> generated for the repository. This means that the tools cannot be 
> automatically installed into a Galaxy instance.
> For those tools that include dynamically generated select list parameters 
> that require a missing entry in the tool_data_table_conf.xml file, this file 
> will be modified in real time (when it is installed into a Galaxy instance) 
> by adding the entry from a tool_data_table_conf.xml.sample file contained in 
> the tool shed repository.
> Based on your problem description, it seems that your repository may not 
> include a required xxx.loc.sample file.
> Let me know if adding one does not solve the problem.  Is your repository in 
> one of the Galaxy team;'s public tool sheds?
> Greg Von Kuster

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