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The Jira pre-migration checklist states that we should use the query below to find out if our file is valid:
xmllint --noout <Backup File Location>/entities.xml
xmllint --noout <Backup File Location>/activeobjects.xml : 100118
If the command does not produce an output, the file is valid. Any exceptions point to the spot with the formatting error.
The problem is this is essentially a Linux-only option. I looked for xmllint for Windows and I haven't found a simple solution.
Fair question - I reckon Atlassian should update their documentation.
I'm personally a big fan of chocolatey, so I ran in Powershell
choco install xsltproc
and that gave me what I want.
That's the second most popular answer on this SO thread:
You're otherwise welcome to follow the recommended procedure if you don't currently use chocolatey.