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Adobe not very creative at surreptitiously deleting your files...
Posted by: Onamuji
Date: February 12, 2016 09:47PM

A Creative Cloud update that was recently released by Adobe has been deleting Mac users' files without warning, reports Ars Technica. The update, now pulled by Adobe, deleted the contents of the first folder listed alphabetically in a Mac's root directory. Files were deleted after the update was installed and users logged into the Adobe service...

As Ars Technica points out, many Mac users' first folder is .DocumentRevisions-V100, which is used by the Mac's autosave feature and can cause problems if deleted.

The Adobe bug could also have dire consequences for users who have important folders with spaces in them, since those also assume a top alphabetically sorted spot on the Mac hard drive (which by default is labeled Macintosh HD).

An Adobe spokesperson said the company is investigating the issue and has pulled the distribution of the update until the problem is fixed. Creative Cloud users should avoid updating until a clear fix is provided by Adobe, and as an extra layer of precaution, a fake folder with a name that will place it in the top spot in the root directory may also help users avoid issues.


CreativeCloud hounds you to do updates, so a lot of people have already installed the recklessly (begging for a lawsuit) released app update. But
I think this is less of a pervasive problem than it may seem.

Deleting .DocumentRevisions-V100 will clear revision-history from those apps that support the feature, but few apps support it and VERY few people even know this feature exists. Only a tiny subset of Mac users would be affected in any way that they'd catch or might lose anything important to them. Auto-save should resume automatically with a clean slate.

It's may be a problem for people who have upgraded from previous operating systems where they were able to easily save a lot of junk at the root level of their boot drives and due to laziness and ignorance those items are still present years later. But it's doubtful that many of them have folders at the root of the drive that are named in such a way as to rise above dot-files alphabetically.

Backblaze users will find that their automated backups have stopped, but can be resumed by re-selecting the drive as a source in the app settings.

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Re: Adobe not very creative at surreptitiously deleting your files...
Posted by: max
Date: February 12, 2016 10:16PM
CS6 is the answer....
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Re: Adobe not very creative at surreptitiously deleting your files...
Posted by: sekker
Date: February 13, 2016 10:03AM
CS6 is the answer....

If you can find it to buy.

I was locked out of getting CS6 the last year at work.

And there's no way I'd go Cloud for what we do - far too expensive.
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