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Bridge & Cache Errors - CS4

May 30, 2009 11:06 AM

I keep getting errors when I launch Bridge saying "Bridge encountered a problem and is unable to read the cache. Please try purging the central cache in Cache Preferences to correct the situation".

 

I purge the cache but the message keeps coming back. I tried deleting the Bridge Preference file but still keeps happening.

 

No doubt it's something wrong on my computer. Always seems to be the case when I post a problem. But I thought I'd post just in case there is a solution.

 

Mac G5 Quad - OS 10.4.11 - 12 GB RAM - 2 internal TB Drives with plenty of free space

 

Linda

 

Added Note: Thought it might be relevant to mention that I also use Lightroom 2 on this setup, just in case the two programs are conflicting.

 
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    May 30, 2009 12:26 PM   in reply to LRK 2

    Linda,

     

    Bridge and Lightroom do not share a cache, so it's unlikely that this is the source of your problem. In the past, errors such as you describe, especially those that refuse to clear when the main cache is purged from within Bridge preferences, are due to the presence of a corrupt distributed cache (i.e. two hidden files in each folder).

     

    You haven't mentioned whether you use a distributed cache, but if you do then it will be necessary to use the Purge Cache for Folder "XXX" command. This command can be found under the Tools>Cache menu. However, before using this command it would be wise to disable the distributed cache option in Bridge preferences.

     
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    May 30, 2009 1:06 PM   in reply to LRK 2

    Linda,

     

    Distributed cache is the name Adobe used up until CS3 at which point they decided not to bother giving it a name at all. The screenshot shown below is how you want the cache preference to be set.

     

    The Purge command that I referred to is the command found under the Bridge Tools>Cache sub menu not the Purge Cache command found in the preferences panel shown below.

     

     

    disable-distributed-cache.png

     
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    May 30, 2009 2:55 PM   in reply to LRK 2

    If purging the cache the official way doesn't fix the problem cache then temporarily moving your Bridge cache out of its normal home is worth a try. If nothing else it will tell you whether it's the cache at fault or not. The folder you're looking to move is Bridge CS4 and all subfolders within it. This folder is located at Users/username/Library/Caches/Adobe/. When you relocate the folder and relaunch Bridge  a completely new cache will be generated from scratch. If this procedure fixes the problem you're good to go again, but if it doesn't then simply delete the new Bridge CS4 folder and drag the old version back.

     
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  • Ramón G Castañeda
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    May 30, 2009 7:50 PM   in reply to Ian Lyons

    Ian Lyons wrote:

     

    …The Purge command that I referred to is the command found under the Bridge Tools>Cache sub menu not the Purge Cache command found in the preferences panel…

     

    Correct!

     

    Bridge_CS4_cache_prefs.jpg

     

    Of course, if the user is engaging in the lunacy of being set to a Central Cache rather to Distributed Folders ("Automatically Export Cache to Folders When Possible"), then that person has the choice of removing the Bridge cache folder menu as per your instructions, as the Purge Cache command in the Tools menu would be useless in that unfortunate case.

     
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    Jun 19, 2010 9:01 AM   in reply to Ramón G Castañeda

    The problem identified in this Post from May 2009 was the same as mine, and the solution provided solved my problem, too.  Thank you.  But now I have on my Desktop the Bridge CS4 folder that  I moved out of Library>Caches>Adobe.  Do I just throw it away?  I assume the answer is YES.  I can move it onto an External just in case, but would rather not take up the space if I don't need to.  Thank you to anyone who can clarify this.

     

    Celeste  

     
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  • Omke Oudeman
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    Jun 20, 2010 3:07 AM   in reply to A.C.Hardester

    But now I have on my Desktop the Bridge CS4 folder that  I moved out of

    Library>Caches>Adobe.  Do I just throw it away?  I assume the answer is YES.

     

     

    Yes, the answer is YES

     

    You can only have one cache file active in Bridge, that is in the user

    library cache folder.

     

    Having replaced it with a fresh one means you have already cached the files

    in the new cache folder, the old folder is therefore not needed anymore and

    best been thrown away to make space on your disk.

     

    Refreshing cache does nothing harmful to your original files in Bridge, only

    cache for previews and settings needs to be redone and this only cost time,

    no more no less

     
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    Jun 20, 2010 6:18 AM   in reply to Omke Oudeman

    Thank you so much, for the answer, and the explanation.

     
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    Dec 11, 2010 10:09 AM   in reply to Ian Lyons

    Same problem, but what if in my Windows7 there is no Library in C:/Users/use

    rname ???

     
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    Jan 7, 2011 3:24 PM   in reply to SergeB1975

    I have also Windows 7 and I cannot find the Cache Folder under Library. Does someone know where it is ?

     

    best,

    Anthony

     
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  • Omke Oudeman
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    Jan 8, 2011 4:24 AM   in reply to anthonyasael

    I have also Windows 7 and I cannot find the Cache Folder under Library.

     

     

    There is a dedicated Windows forum for Bridge where you will be better of

    with questions like these. Not many users in this forum are acquainted with

    Windows I'm afraid

     

    Meanwhile there is a knowledge base article that provides the solution for

    both OS, try this link:

     

    http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/332/332992.html

     

    A copy of the phrase you are probably looking for:

     

    For Bridge CS3 and later:

     

    Delete the entire contents of the Cache folder located at C:\Documents and

    Settings\ [user] \Application Data\Adobe\Bridge CS[#] .

    Delete the "!!Last.workspace" file located at C:\Documents and Settings\

    Re: Bridge & Cache Errors - CS4 \Application Data\Adobe\Bridge CS[#] \Workspaces.

    Delete the following registry key:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Bridge CS[#] \Preference

     
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