Skeezy Reader?

In between a network of Macs and an IBM System i sits Your Humble Narrator at a commodity Win10 box. And about every other PDF file I relay from Apple Valley to Big Blue generates this:

Adobe Reader error message: The file has properties that can't be copied to the new location

As a matter of policy, I blame everything possible on Adobe. But apparently the problem lies elsewhere:

On NTFS, files can have more than one stream of data. Usually there’s only one, the default, data stream.

Windows 2000 and XP used to use alternate streams to store additional properties which you could add in Summary tab of Properties dialog. This feature has been deprecated since Windows Vista. Yet you may still have files with such properties.

The warning is displayed when you copy a file which has alternate streams from NTFS drive to a drive that does not support alternate data streams. Therefore the alternate streams will be lost.

And Apple likes to pass on metadata through such streams; IBM scowls at such things. The best I can hope for is finding a toggle in Adobe Reader DC to shut this nonsense off. Unfortunately, I can’t find a damn thing in Adobe Reader DC.


  1. McGehee »

    9 March 2018 · 7:44 am

    After Symantec, Adobe is my least favorite software vendor.

    Not that any other PDF reader is likely to be any better about this particular annoyance…

  2. Dan T. »

    9 March 2018 · 7:46 am

    From the Apple end, that sort of thing is manifested as annoying “resource fork” subdirectories that show up when Mac files are transferred to other systems.

    There’s always some annoying stuff when you try to transfer data from one system to another, like line breaks that are either CR or LF or CRLF, and character set confusions which were supposed to have been resolved by Unicode, but still sometimes result in “curly quotes” turning into sequences of weird accented characters in web pages and emails.

  3. Holly H »

    9 March 2018 · 8:18 am

    My pet peeve is the “Do you want to save the changes?” message, when all I did was look at the file. Isn’t that an Adobe one too?

  4. fillyjonk »

    9 March 2018 · 8:28 am

    Because of how my campus has configured their “Adobe Suite” (which is apparently available to all, though I don’t think I’ve ever used it to create anything), from time to time I get asked for my password when I try to look at a .pdf file.

    Do I REMEMBER the password, with its arcane set of criteria (“no less than 8 but no more than 12 characters, at least one capital and one lowercase letter, at least one number, at least one “special” character)? OF COURSE NOT.

  5. McGehee »

    9 March 2018 · 9:42 am

    no more than 12 characters

    Maximum character limits on passwords are the “Gun-Free Zone” notice of the online security world. It’s just begging for a garden-variety brute-force hack.

    Requiring uppercase, numerals and special characters complicates the matter a little, but not enough to justify the limit.

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