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Avoid an Acrobat organizer database initialization error Apps
This has been driving me nuts since Acrobat 7. Whilst working in my networked user account (home directory on the server), Acrobat behaved strangely whenever I tried to close a document for the first time. I changed settings, but nothing helped. I finally found a solution That had been posted by Adri Oosterwijk on

Apparently Acrobat 7 has trouble reading its caches when they reside on a networked home directory. This results in a message about a failure to initialize the Organizer Database when opening a PDF file in Acrobat right after it has been launched. The solution is to create a new folder named Acrobat in /Users/Shared, set its permissions to 777 so that all users can access it, and then create a symbolic link in each user's ~/Library » Caches folder that points to the /Users » Shared » Acrobat folder. The following terminal commands will accomplish the task, and are computer-specific:
$ mkdir /Users/Shared/Acrobat 
$ chmod -R 777 /Users/Shared/Acrobat
The following commands remove the user's ~/Library » Caches » Acrobat folder and replaces it with a symbolic link to /Users » Shared » Acrobat. They are user-specific:
$ rm -rf ~/Library/Caches/Acrobat 
ln -s /Users/Shared/Acrobat ~/Library/Caches/Acrobat
I hope that it works for you as well.
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Avoid an Acrobat organizer database initialization error
Authored by: Chris1319 on Sep 20, '07 09:12:10AM

This strikes me as a potential security issue. With all users sharing a single cache directory, secret, personal, or private documents may be exposed to other users...

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Avoid an Acrobat organizer database initialization error
Authored by: ratzfatz on Sep 20, '07 10:55:00AM

"With all users sharing a single cache directory"....
Sorry - but this is not the case. It is only Acrobat using a directory which is now (exceptionally) physically located on the local harddrive - not on the server over the network anymore. Acrobat is storing (as far as I have evaluated) 2 files inside this "shared" directory: "AcroFnt08.lst" and "Organizer70". Both files are rather meaningless.

Again: All other apps remain untouched and all other caches are still inside the user directory on the server!

It seems that Acrobat is still (bug since version 7) unable to get its cache managed over a network connection, which results in a significant system slowdown for a few seconds, ending with this error message. I can tell you - it is relieving to get off this stupid behaviour.

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