Sometimes when I generate a PDF from a FrameMaker 10 unstructured book, the generated PDF overwrites an existing file with a totally different name and location. After I try a few times without changing anything, it finally does it right. Any ideas?
You can always set Distiller Preferences to prompt you bfore over-writing an existing file. This way you can intercede if it's doing somehting it's not supposed to.
IF Distiller has the correct filename in its internal log, how do you know that it is the culprit overwriting an exising file with a totally different name and location?
If you really want to get to the bottom of what's grabbing and overwriting(?) your files, you could use Microsoft's Sysinternals Process Monitor (Procmon) available from here:
You can configure the filters to watch what's going on in a folder or on a file, but it's a bit geeky to setup all the filters - it also logs a ton of data, so interpreting it or tracking down an event could also be tedious. If you have an IT department, they should be consulted and could help set this up.
Here is an article that details how to set up the Process Monitor to watch specific files:
Otherwise, just run Distiller with the Ask setting, to see if something odd is happening at this stage. If you're still getting mysterious deletions, then dig deeper with the Process Monitor.
Thank you. I'll have to see whether having Distiller ask about overwriting resolves the problem before I go to IT. The problem is intermittent, though not infrequent, so I shouldn't have to wait too long to be able to tell.