6 Replies Latest reply on Dec 10, 2013 12:14 PM by Aardvark619



      Getting error message "cannot copy necessary linked file(s)" when I try to package our magazine.

        • 1. Re: mfilucci
          John Mensinger Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          Most often that means the packaging process has encountered one or more files which can't be copied; and that is ususally because they are open, in use, locked, read-only, etc.; essentially the same conditions that would prevent their copy at the OS level.

          • 2. Re: mfilucci
            Peter Spier Most Valuable Participant (Moderator)

            The other common problem that causes this is an "illegal" character in either a file name or folder name, like a \,/, or *.

            • 3. Re: mfilucci
              Peter Spier Most Valuable Participant (Moderator)

              Diacritics for characters used in some languages can cause this, too, I think.

              • 4. Re: mfilucci
                Aardvark619 Level 1

                As it turned out, I had one graphic that I had created that was the source of the problem. It is a 48 page magazine, so it took a lot of trial and error to find the graphic. To solve the problem, I opened the graphic in Illustrator, resaved it, then relinked it in the InDesign document, and it packaged without any difficulty. The peculiar thing to me is that InDesign showed no missing or broken links and no errors.

                • 5. Re: mfilucci
                  Peter Spier Most Valuable Participant (Moderator)

                  That's a new one. Damaged files don't show as anything special in the links panel, though, so that part is no surprise.


                  For the future, you could have isolated the page in a matter of minutes by using the divide and conqurer method of trouble shooting. To do that you divide the file in half and try the process again on each half. For each art that fails, you divide it in half and retest.


                  Once the page is identified, you can do the same to remove objects.

                  • 6. Re: mfilucci
                    Aardvark619 Level 1

                    Thanks Peter, I did use the divide method. With a 48 page magazine and all

                    its photos and graphics, it is still a bit of a rabbit hunt. I never did

                    find any obvious problem with the errant file---opening and then re-saving

                    it took care of whatever was creating the issue.