When trying to create a Verity collection on a freshly setup ColdFusion8 installation today I received this error:

Unable to create collection MyCollection.
An error occurred while creating the collection: com.verity.api.administration.ConfigurationException: Failed to retrieve style path. (-6044)

Turns out the Verity installation did not complete correctly. I could tell by looking in the {cf-root}/verity/verity-install.log file. This problem is fixed by simply uninstalling and reinstalling verity.

In the {cf-root}/verity directory you’ll find a script named uninstall-verity.sh (on linux) or uninstall-verity.bat (on windows). Just run that and then run the install-verity.* file and you should be back in business.