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Library file is 'already open by another user or another application'

Sep 20, 2012 2:36 AM

One of our InDesign Library files has become locked and none of us can touch it any more. Any attempt to open it produces the message 'This file is already open by another user or application. This file may be stored on a network server and cannot be opened until the other user closes it.'


Indeed the file is on a network server but it's in the same folder as a bunch of other InDesign Library files that were in use at the same time as the troublesome file, but none of which cause us any problems. When we try to duplicate this one Library file or copy it to another location, we get the message (in Windows 7)  'File In Use. The action can't be completed because the file is open in another program. Close the file and try again.'


We've checked practically every computer with access to this network share - no-one has the Library open. So we got everyone to quit InDesign anyway. We got everyone to log out. We got everyone to restart their PCs. We got everyone to kill their InDesign Preferences. No joy.


Could anyone here shed any light on what's going on and what I can do to get at this naughty file?





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    Sep 20, 2012 6:14 AM   in reply to Alistair Dabbs

    Have you tried rebooting the server?

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    Sep 23, 2012 10:54 PM   in reply to Alistair Dabbs

    turn hidden files on and look for a temp file in that directory if there are any delete them and try again

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    Sep 24, 2012 12:13 AM   in reply to Alistair Dabbs

    Only other thing i can think of is that it is open on another machine someplace, i have had it where indesign does not show a library file panel but is still open all the same, if you go to window it will show you there the libraries that are open on each machine, don't envy that job at all thou, sounds like you have a few computers to check.

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