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"cannot copy necessary linked file(s)"

Jun 29, 2012 12:24 PM

When packaging a project, anyone encountered "Cannot copy necessary linked file(s)"? Then the process just stops.

 
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    Jun 29, 2012 2:19 PM   in reply to barnstorm

    Which Adobe application are you using?  This will allow me to move this message thread to relevant product specific forum.

     
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    Jun 30, 2012 2:24 PM   in reply to barnstorm

    No worries Barnstorm.  I have moved this discussion over to the InDesign forum.  The users in this forum should be able to assist you with your difficulties.

     
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    Jun 30, 2012 11:16 PM   in reply to barnstorm

    I have seen this error to appear when there are some special characters like "/ ", "\ " etc. in the file name of the links.

     

    Ex: Sample\test.ai has the "\" in the name of the file

     

    So , rename these files and remove the special characters , re-link and then it should work fine.

     
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    Jul 1, 2012 9:08 AM   in reply to barnstorm

    What version of ID, and what OS are you using?

     
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    Jul 1, 2012 10:58 AM   in reply to barnstorm

    Is ID patched to 7.5.3?

     

    There was a bug, but my recollection is it was in CS5, not CS5.5, but you should update just to be sure.

     

    And the advice about special characters is very much on-point. Spaces, and extremely long paths, can also sometimes cause problems.

     
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    Jul 2, 2012 6:07 AM   in reply to barnstorm

    I still have that gut feel that it is the special character problem in the file name.

     

    Can you provide the screen shot of the folder where you have the links file present , with there complete file name.

     
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    Jul 2, 2012 6:41 AM   in reply to barnstorm

    I see at least two names contain a '+' sign -- a likely candidate to cause problems.

     
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    Jul 2, 2012 6:56 AM   in reply to barnstorm

    Sure…that’s why you shouldn’t use special characters in file nanes.

     

     

     

    The slashes would kill a crossplatform workflow, as well.

     

     

     

    Bob

     
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    Sep 19, 2012 8:37 AM   in reply to barnstorm

    Just wanted to say thanks.  This thread solved my problem as well.  I had a link with a slash in the filename and I couldn't package the document.  I had packaged that link previously and it worked, but whatever.  Renamed the file and the document packaged fine.  Thanks Bob.

     
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    Oct 4, 2012 10:36 AM   in reply to jack_kc

    Me too, I had to go back over 1000 files and remove all commas, plus signs, ampersands, colons, apostrophes and slashes to make my InDesign file Package - but it finally worked! Thanks.

     
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