[scribus] "Cannot write to file" when exporting as PDF

Bob Furber bob at steroidmicros.com
Sat Nov 13 20:22:20 CET 2010

Got it!

If anyone runs into this problem, manually pick out the path in the 
"Save as PDF" -> Change button.

I tried to "Save as PDF" in:

..and got a "Cannot write file:

I tried again and clicked the "Change" button to "Save As" and I got an 
error along the lines "path does not exist on B:\".

I acknowledged the error and then navigated to folder 
C:/Users/Public/Documents/CBRA/Newsletter2010-2/, set the "Compression 
Quality" to Low, hit save and Scribus happily saved the file as a PDF.

I tried to replicate the error by editing the path/filename field to B:/ 
instead of C:/, hit the Save button and Scribus merrily ignored my edit 
and saved the file to 

Thanks for your help,

Bob Furber

On 13/11/2010 5:42 AM, Gregory Pittman wrote:
> On 11/13/2010 07:53 AM, a.l.e wrote:
>> hi bob,
>>> I would like to add that I disproved the damaged .sla file theory by
>>>> Scribus Export PDF only allows one to export back to the source
>>>> folder containing the *.sla file. Hence, the folder must exist.
> This is not true. You can choose where you want your PDF to go to. 
> Maybe try changing the directory that you want to export to will help.
>> not really: you can export the pdf to any directory.
>> depending on the version and the OS your using it may be that you 
>> can't export to directories with spaces in the path (or with non 
>> ASCII chars).
>> afaik, this should not happen with no current version of scribus on 
>> any OS.
>> but i have to few information to be really helpful, here...
> Do you have Ghostscript? Does Scribus know where Ghostscript is? There 
> are some kinds of content which will require Ghostscript to process to 
> make the PDF.
> Hint: if you can generate a barcode, you have Ghostscript and it's 
> working.
> Greg
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