Hi - we have received several reports through this forum that some users are encountering an issue when downloading Help reference PDFs through the Adobe Help Manager in CS6.
Problem: Although the application appears to be downloading the Help content, the application hangs during the 'extraction' phase of the process. Further, when users check in their shared documents folder, the PDF files are actually present and unzipped as expected.
Solution: the application database files and/or corrupt configuration files are likely at fault. To resolve the issue, please delete the following two directories.
Tip: To find this directory on Mac OSX 10.7, open the Terminal application and enter the following: "chflags nohidden ~/Library/” and execute.
Then simply restart the Help Manager and restart the download process.
The engineering team is continuing to investigate the root cause but the steps above should resovle the issue for the majority of users. Thanks for your patience while we continue to investigate.
This trick did not worked for me : I'm still in "Download Pending" with all Help PDF of all CS6 applications I have installed.
Any news from your engineering team ?
May be they can make a special debug release and send it to some customers having the issue to track the problem ...
I was almost sure that this issue was related to our proxy, so I decided to trace the dialog between HelpManager and our proxy.
I used a HTTP sniffer called Charles ( demo downloadable here: http://www.charlesproxy.com/ ) to trace everything.
HelpManager has some problems talking with the proxy ( authentication issues ).
If you are interessed, I can mail you the log created by my sniffer to allow your engineering team to investigate.
Hereafter are some screen shots of the trace :
As you can see, it's very short :
1) the first HEAD failed (normal) : the proxy request an NTLM authentication
HEAD #1 request :
HEAD #2 answer :
2) the 2nd HEAD failed :
HelpManager did not respected the NTLM authentication method requested by our proxy !
HEAD #2 request :
HEAD #2 answer : error 403 !
3) then a POST is made :
Failed because the authentication is bad (not NTLM, as expected by our proxy)
POST request :
POST answer : error 403
4) then a GET is made on the URL :
This time, the authentication negotiation between HelpManager and the proxy is OK, but the last GET failed : error 404, the requested xml file is not found on your site !
GET #3 request :
GET #3 answer : error 404
Mark, I hope these informations will help your engineering team to correct this issue !
Feel free to request complementary information if needed.
These directions are misleading on how to find the Library folder in 10.7.
"Tip: To find this directory on Mac OSX 10.7, open the Terminal application and enter the following: "chflags nohidden ~/Library/” and execute."
That command merely un-hides it, and you still need to navigate to it. I was trying, to no avail, to enter "chflags nohidden ~/Library/” into Terminal, and run as a command, only to seemingly have nothing happen.
A more direct method to actually open the Library folder is to
Other techniques I found were on this page -
It is March 1, 2013 and this problem continues (on a new MBP with a fresh install of all software). Adobe's help system began to deteriorate with the release of CS5 and has only become worse in all respects over the past two-and-one-half years.
It is now March 31, 2013 and I also am having this same problem. When I search for %appdata%/chc.4875E02D9FB21EE389F73B8D1702B320485DF8CE.1 in Windows 7, it doesn't exist. I am on the Cloud. If I search for the numbers only 4875E02D9FB21EE389F73B8D1702B320485DF8CE then it finds the application.xml file. Should I delete the xml file?
If the folder does not exists, it usually indicates that 'Adobe Help Manager' was never launched on the machine successfully, or that the user had no write permissions to the folder %appdata%, or that the folder was modified.
Look for a folder called, C:\Users\Public\Public Documents\Adobe\ and delete the 'Help' and 'PDF' folder therein. Restart 'Adobe Help Manager' and start your download process.
If you are behind a proxy, allow the program 'Adobe Help' to pass through and access the internet.
If you are behind a proxy, allow the program 'Adobe Help' to pass through and access the internet. Also, have you been able to locate the folders above and delete the contents there-in?
Instead of laying this problem off on users, why doesn't Adobe FIX IT!! It is, after all, Adobe's poor design, and incompetent implementation that causes the problems, and lazy, (some would argue, abusive) tech support that waste days and days of user effort trying to fix the unfixable:
If we are to assume that the same engineering talent that produced the CS applications also produced Help Manager, then it is not a case of incompetence, but rather a clear attempt to frustrate users into remaining 'connected' in order to use their products with full help available. And that means all these problems were designed into Help Manager as the "softening up" bombardment before the "Creative Cloud" attack on users.
It is time for Adobe to either fess up to that fact, or if it was sheer incompetence and "hack work", fix it, and put out a proper Help Manager update.