[scribus] receving error message "can not write the file" (pdf)

Henry Hartley henryhartley at westat.com
Mon Dec 7 20:48:35 CET 2009

Judy Maurer wrote:
>> No, I have permission for this directory and there's room on the
>> hard drive.
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: michael crane
>> > What OS? Offhand it sounds like you are trying to write to a
>> > folder where you don't have write permissions.  On Linux you
>> > sign  on as "root"  and cd to the directory just above the
>> > one you are writing to. To free up directory "foo" the
>> > statement is chmod 777 foo
>> if the current working directory is in root's path ;-)

If you open Computer Management (Start -> Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management) and open Event Viewer (under System Tools on the left) and then click on Application, is there anything listed at the time you got the error message? You may need to attempt the export again and note the time.

Alternatively, is it possible that one of the errors reported when you start the export to PDF process is more serious than you thought? It might be a good idea to list what those errors are, just in case.

Can you create a simple document (SLA) and export that to PDF?


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