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Old 09-30-2013, 05:15 AM   #1
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Conversion Error [3, 'The system cannot find the path specified.']

Hi,

I encounter strange error lately. It is a problem with my OS or calibre itself? Error occurs when I try to convert book or change metadata.

Code:
calibre, version 1.5.0
ERROR: Unhandled exception: <b>error</b>:(3, 'CreateFile', 'The system cannot find the path specified.')

calibre 1.5 [64bit]  isfrozen: True is64bit: True
Windows-8-6.2.9200 Windows ('64bit', 'WindowsPE')
('Windows', '8', '6.2.9200')
Python 2.7.5
Windows: ('8', '6.2.9200', '', 'Multiprocessor Free')
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "site-packages\calibre\gui2\convert\single.py", line 278, in accept
  File "site-packages\calibre\gui2\convert\metadata.py", line 236, in commit
  File "site-packages\calibre\db\legacy.py", line 465, in set_metadata
  File "site-packages\calibre\db\cache.py", line 56, in ans
  File "site-packages\calibre\db\cache.py", line 1123, in set_metadata
  File "site-packages\calibre\db\cache.py", line 1118, in set_field
  File "site-packages\calibre\db\cache.py", line 922, in set_field
  File "site-packages\calibre\db\backend.py", line 1347, in windows_check_if_files_in_use
  File "site-packages\calibre\utils\filenames.py", line 333, in __init__
error: (3, 'CreateFile', 'The system cannot find the path specified.')
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Old 10-02-2013, 11:36 PM   #2
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Most likely that error is caused because you have some files in your calibre library folders that have names that are too long for windows. I suggest moving your library to something like c:\library to shorten the paths.
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Old 10-04-2013, 06:07 AM   #3
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Thanks a lot! I removed all latin extended-A signs from my path and now it work.

But I am sure that it didn't couse any error in earlier versions.
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Most likely that error is caused because you have some files in your calibre library folders that have names that are too long for windows. I suggest moving your library to something like c:\library to shorten the paths.
Had Calibre from the start of this year and when I recently updated it for the first time I get the message described above. I tried what you proposed Kovid but didnt work. I cannot make conversions. I uninstalled and reinstalled it, nothing again. I even put a previous version but the problem persists. Very frustrating! Any ideas? (operating system: Windows 7, 32 bit)
Thanx for any help
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Hi,

I encounter strange error lately. It is a problem with my OS or calibre itself? Error occurs when I try to convert book or change metadata.

Code:
calibre, version 1.5.0
ERROR: Unhandled exception: <b>error</b>:(3, 'CreateFile', 'The system cannot find the path specified.')

calibre 1.5 [64bit]  isfrozen: True is64bit: True
Windows-8-6.2.9200 Windows ('64bit', 'WindowsPE')
('Windows', '8', '6.2.9200')
Python 2.7.5
Windows: ('8', '6.2.9200', '', 'Multiprocessor Free')
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "site-packages\calibre\gui2\convert\single.py", line 278, in accept
  File "site-packages\calibre\gui2\convert\metadata.py", line 236, in commit
  File "site-packages\calibre\db\legacy.py", line 465, in set_metadata
  File "site-packages\calibre\db\cache.py", line 56, in ans
  File "site-packages\calibre\db\cache.py", line 1123, in set_metadata
  File "site-packages\calibre\db\cache.py", line 1118, in set_field
  File "site-packages\calibre\db\cache.py", line 922, in set_field
  File "site-packages\calibre\db\backend.py", line 1347, in windows_check_if_files_in_use
  File "site-packages\calibre\utils\filenames.py", line 333, in __init__
error: (3, 'CreateFile', 'The system cannot find the path specified.')
I am also getting
"Traceback (most recent call last):
File "site-packages\calibre\gui2\__init__.py", line 895, in __init__
File "site-packages\calibre\ptempfile.py", line 123, in base_dir
File "tempfile.py", line 339, in mkdtemp
WindowsError: [Error 3] The system cannot find the path specified: u'C:\\Users\\steve\\AppData\\Local\\Temp\\calibre_ pbdgkg'"
I have tried to uninstall,re-install( a fair few times) still no joy
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I am also getting
"Traceback (most recent call last):
File "site-packages\calibre\gui2\__init__.py", line 895, in __init__
File "site-packages\calibre\ptempfile.py", line 123, in base_dir
File "tempfile.py", line 339, in mkdtemp
WindowsError: [Error 3] The system cannot find the path specified: u'C:\\Users\\steve\\AppData\\Local\\Temp\\calibre_ pbdgkg'"
I have tried to uninstall,re-install( a fair few times) still no joy
Something is blocking (or clearing ) the temp folder Calibre workers use during conversion (and other intermediate steps).
There is a FAQ at the official site on how to move the location of TEMP if you can't just have you A/V allow Calibre* to use it
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