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menus.cfg causing crashes on exit

Mar 4, 2013 10:44 AM

Tags: #file #11 #customization #menus.cfg

Recent upgrade from FrameMaker 9 to FrameMaker 11. Every time I close the program, I get a crash with the following error message about my menus.cfg file:


To the best of my knowledge, I've never done any menu customization, so I don't know where this is coming from. I had a co-worker give me a copy of her menus.cfg file so I could replace mine & see if that cleared things up: no dice. Not an earth-shattering problem, but if anyone can help me figure out what's the what, it'd be appreciated!

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    Mar 4, 2013 11:02 AM   in reply to DJBellisle

    What happens if you just delete it and then start up FM, select a default workspace, then close FM?

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    Mar 4, 2013 11:35 AM   in reply to DJBellisle

    Hmm..something damaged I wonder? What about deactivating, uninstalling & reinstalling?

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    Mar 4, 2013 12:13 PM   in reply to DJBellisle

    You might want to have a look through Klaus Daube's notes on customizing FM11 at


    This contains info on what's in the menu files and how they're configured. Starting with FM11, things changed quite a bit.


    When you say you get a crash at the end of your FM session, what exactly is reported on screen? Typically the menu files are read at the start of a session. Check your console file when  you open FM to see if those messages are already there.


    Do you have any third-party plug-ins installed or any Extendscripts set to start automatically at the start of a session?

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    Mar 5, 2013 8:01 AM   in reply to DJBellisle

    The console file is not the opening splash screen. Whenever a FM session is run, some status information is written to the console (which you show in the background of your screen capture). There should be two icons (on slightly offset from the other) for FM on your Windows taskbar. Open the cosole window after yo usee the FM splash screen to see if the error messages are already there. If not, then open a file and check again to see if this is happening at the start or end of the process.




    How long of a wait was there before the Windows stopped working message appeared?


    In your C:\Users\,username>\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\FrameMaker\11 folder, do you have any FrameLog_..<timestamp>.txt files corresponding to the crash times? If so, these give detailed info that should be forwarded to Adobe.


    Have you also checked your Windows System Events (Administrative Tools > Event Viewer > Windows Logs > Applications) to see if there is anything reported for the FM crash? This might give some more clues as to what's going on. FM typically issues it's own error message ("FM has detected a serious erorr...") when it crashes and creates the FrameLog files detailing what happened, so if you don't have any of these, then something is happening at the Windows level with FM on your particular installation.

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    Mar 5, 2013 11:40 AM   in reply to DJBellisle

    The reports should be sent to <>, but don't expect a reply back unless they need more information. You should also provide at least one corresponding system level error message (assuming that they all show the same type of fault/error).


    In your FM Preferences, (Edit > Preferences... General options), make certain that "Show FIle Translation Errors" option is checked. This is what controls the display of the console file.


    If the console seems to disappear on you, the contents are written to a text file called consfile.txt located in the C:\Users\,username>\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\FrameMaker\11 folder. You can look it this file using Notepad while FM is open to see if there is any mention of the menu errors.

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