AdobeFnt.lst automatically reappears after deleting
InDesign version: 15.0.2
Suddenly (after the latest March 2020 InDesign update?) the AdobeFont.lst file created with InDesign packages automatically shows up with folder structure after deleting a package. This is really aggravating for file management. It's as if my team can't fully delete InDesign packages. This is happening with multiple InDesign files on multiple machines.
We have fixed this issue and the fix is available in latest InDesign build 15.1.1
please confirm in comments if the fix is working well for you
Uwe Laubender commented
also see the following discussion at Adobe InDesign Forum:
InDesign is creating extra folders after packaging files
Tony_Seddon, Mar 04, 2020
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same problem. need a quick fix on this and the spelling not working
Uwe Laubender commented
I see the issue as well with my German InDesign 126.96.36.1993 on Windows 10.
My experience with the bug is this:
1. Package the active document with Links, Document fonts, IDML and PDF to the suggested folder of function Package For Print.
2. Move the folder of the package to a different folder.
3. Close the active document .
4. Here comes the bug:
In the moment* you are using InDesign's Open command with the ORIGINAL InDesign document you packaged before, a new folder is created. The name of that new "ghost folder" is the same of the moved packaging folder. The folder's position in the file system is the same of the packaged folder where it was created before. The contents of this new folder is a Document fonts folder with one single file: AdobeFnt21.lst
If you open a different document that was not packaged in the same session the new "ghost folder" is not created. I define session as "Start InDesign" to "Quit InDesign".
If you also move or remove the "ghost folder" it will be re-created if you open the document where the once packaged folder was created from.
One can stop that behavior: Quit InDesign. Restart InDesign.
* I know this exact moment because I have a eventlistening script installed that opens the folder of any exported file in the file system. It looks if the event "afterExport" is fired.
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Same here: after creating a package and moving or deleting the Documents folder (we use it to collect all images) it keeps reapearing...
We consider this dangerous, because you could end up deleting the wrong folder! Please fix this...
C Sharp commented
Adobe: Please fix!
With a database that includes +20K individual folders, which each have their artwork and elements, the duplication of folders is a major inconvenience, to say the least.
Noticed something strange today. I put a packaged folder hierarchy into the trash, but it only contained the main folder, the Document fonts folder and the Links folder, but NONE of the contents and it did not contain the AdobeFnt21.lst file. However, within moments, a duplicate appeared on my desktop with the main folder, the Document fonts folder and the AdobeFnt21.lst file.
Rode Pannell commented
I am having the same problem, plus a problem linking my fonts and connecting to Adobe Fonts as well.
This is a MAJOR catastrophic issue. File packages are being permanently lost due to being overwritten by the "empty" package that is inadvertently generated when opening an INDD file. When opening an INDD file a new package is created in random locations, and that new package only contains the AdobeFont.lst. This is causing major confusion in our workflow, as employees think this new "empty" package is the latest package, thus moving it to its proper location in our backup system and overwriting the actual package that contains the INDD and links. Artwork that has taken hours to complete gone forever. We cannot alter our workflow to accommodate this ridiculous bug. Adobe needs to make this fix a priority. Indesign needs to function properly and URGENTLY.
This is a major **** ache! Same problem as everyone else... InDesign 15.0.2 running on MacOS Catalina 10.15.3
We are having the same issue here, this bug needs to be fixed!
Same here please fix
I have had the same problem and it is creating HAVOC with my workflow; I have nearly deleted the wrong folder multiple times. PLEASE FIX!!! I am begging you.
Same problem. Win 10 PC let's me move the package folder, but then generates a new copy of the same folder structure, with only the Fonts/AdobeFnt.lst left behind. MASSIVELY aggravating and confusing, as I'll move a package folder into a "complete" folder, or delete a package folder, only to find there is still a partial copy of the folder structure left behind.
Similar issue here. I'm not sure when the extra folders are being created, but so far I have deleted three of them. I trash the folder when I see it, and later a new one has appeared.
We have the same issue too! But instead of having to duplicate the folder or, you can just rename the original folder!
So this means, you can open a document inside a folder that also has a Documents Folder. Close the document, but keep indesign open. Rename the original folder. Once you now open the same InDesign File again, it creates a new folder on the same place as the original one, with the name before you renamed it! Inside is as stated above just a Document Fonts folder and a AdobeFnt21.lst file! I have reproduced this on multiple machines running InDesign 15.0.2 and Mojave! Please fix!
Christian Hoy commented
Version: InDesign Version 15.0.2
Computer: Imac 2015, OSX Mojave 10.14.6
Bug started happening after update to InDesign 15.0.2
Steps to reproduce the issues:
- Open an InDesign file that is contained in a folder that has been packaged. This folder includes the "Document Fonts Folder"
- Close the InDesign File.
- Open Another InDesign File that is in another packaged folder (that contains the "Document Fonts Folder" that is not related to the first file you opened.
- A NEW DUPLICATED FOLDER will be created from the PREVIOUS FILE that was opened, and placed where the file was last opened.
- THIS NEW DUPLICATED FOLDER will only contain the "Document Fonts" folder and inside that, will only contain the file "AdobeFnt21.Ist" file - NOTHING ELSE
- Throwing this "Ghost Folder" away does not have any effect, once any other InDesign file is opened, the Folder will re-appear.
- The more InDesign files that are opened the more DUPLICATE ghost folders appear from previous InDesign files that were opened.
- Quitting InDesign will reset the process.
- I can avoid these folders being created if I quite InDesign every time I open an InDesign File that is contained in a packaged folder with the "Document Fonts Folder.
- This can be a damaging bug, since the "Ghost Folder" has the same exact name as the original, it's very easy to replace the original job folder with all the working files with the "Ghost Folder", overwriting it, and losing all of your work, history, and files in the folder.
Drew Beattie commented
Here are the steps we use to recreate the issue on multiple systems. Package a document to a folder or the desktop. Close all open documents. Rename the packaged folder (we just remove 'folder' from the name). Re-open the original file you packaged from. The packaged folder (before you renamed it) will reappear on the desktop with only the Document fonts folder containing the fntlist file, nothing else - no IND file, no links.
After updating to Adobe InDesign 2020, packaging an InDesign document results in creating duplicate project folders with only the document fonts included in the duplicate folders.
These folders appear a few minutes after packaging the folder. Every time I package one document, It seems to duplicate all folders of projects packaged after the update to 2020.
This person also has the same issue, but I can't find the bug reported: https://community.adobe.com/t5/indesign/indesign-is-creating-extra-folders-after-packaging-files/td-p/10962315?page=1