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Les Doll Hi Sunil,

All the new feature in version 4.0 look great ... but,

... my compiler balks at either the build or run funtion.

It gives an error message saying that it  "Can't write to temporary file".

I followed all the instructions, rebooted and re-downloaded the new update .... rebooted and still get the error message.  My hard drive has adequate room ... old version still works flawlessly.

FYI, I was opening a previous e-book compiled with V 3.02 with V4.0 when I got the error message.

Any help?

Posted on: 6:36 am on February 10, 2001
EBookCompiler Hi Les

There will be a new new version (4.01) hopefully later today.  This addresses an issue that came up on some ( a few) user's PCs because of interaction with another 3rd party program.  All will be explained in a message to the opt-in list later day.  

It is possible that the problem is related to what you're seeing Les, so you might want to try the 4.01 version as well.

I checked what causes that message in the compiler that you saw.  

The only situation that exact message is generated is when we ask Windows to File Copy, and it fails to copy the "stub" to a temporary file.

The stub is EVIEW.DAT.  So on your system should be something like C:\Program Files\Activ E-Book Compiler 4.00\EVIEW.DAT

The temporary file will depend on your system, but it will be in the temp location... something like C:\TEMP\ or C:\WINDOWS\TEMP etc.

If you open an MS-DOS window, and type SET at the C:> prompt, it should tell you, probably where your TEMP files are.

So basically my advice is

1. Read the announcement about 4.01, which hopefully should be later today.

2. See if the problem happens with 4.01

3. If it does happen, check the TEMP path as above.  You might also want to
- empty your recycle bin
- if all your files are on one big drive,  and you are PC-comfortable enough to do this, then try setting the Windows swap file size to a fixed size in Windows control panel.  Sometimes the swap file has a habit of growing and growing and suddenly eating up most of your disk space.

Posted on: 12:58 pm on February 10, 2001
Les Doll Back atcha Sunil,

Downloaded (4.01) and read the opt-in list message.
I have the file e-view.dat where you said it should be. (472 KB)
I have emptied my recycle bin.
I know where my temp files are and have cleared the folder.
I have 400+ MB of disk space.
All my files are on my C: drive (3.4 Gig) and I have checked the Windows swap file.

My problems:

Compiler (4.01) still gives me the "can't write to temp file" error.
My e-book output files are reduced to 0 bytes. (using 4.01)     i.e.  no output to destination.
Previous version works flawlessly ... help!

Posted on: 6:28 am on February 15, 2001
EBookCompiler Do you still have the old version (3.02) on your machine Les.

Can you see if you get the same error now?

Let me know.

We can also try running an 'instrumented' version on your system, which should tell us what the problem is.

Let me know on this - need a couple of days to check the 'instrumented' information is there or add it.

Posted on: 1:26 pm on February 15, 2001
Les Doll Hi Sunil,

Problem is solved! I uninstalled version 4.01, redownloaded, and reinstalled and everything seem's to be working now. However, I'll hang onto ver 3.02 for awhile. (just in case)



Posted on: 3:26 am on February 25, 2001
EBookCompiler Great news Les

I'm still perplexed what the problem was - maybe it didn't download properly.

By the way, I was looking at your trial book yesterday - and I have to saw wow.  I really  like what you've done with the passwords and stuff, especially those cartoony graphics. Well done

If anybody reading this threads, wants to see a truly outstanding piece of work, go take a look at Les' site:


Posted on: 1:08 pm on February 25, 2001

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