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PDF_Fillinfields_merge issue

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    PDF_Fillinfields_merge issue

    I use PDF_Fillinfields_merge in a few places on my app, but it has recently stopped working.

    I recently upgraded to the December 2020 version and that appears to be when the break happened. I can't yet upgrade to a later version, but I don't see anything about it in the release notes.

    If anyone else out there is using it, could you please let me know if it still works for you in any version Dec 2020 or later?

    It does return an error that looks like this, but the error code implies that the file is not found - and I have verified that the starting file is there.

    I also wonder if it is a security issue - the file starts outside of the application root. But it has been working fine that way for many years.

    Error executing Ajax callback function 'Booking_Sheet' Error reported was: {"errno":"ENOENT","code":"ENOENT","syscall":"spawn C:/Program Files (x86)/a5V12 ApplicationServer/pdftk.exe","path":"C:/Program Files (x86)/a5V12 ApplicationServer/pdftk.exe","spawnargs":["c:\\mypdffiles\\amail\\TripAmailItems.pdf","fill_form","C:\\Users\\ADMINI~1\\AppData\\Local\\Temp/temp_data1617817834115ptu7wj.fdf","output","c:\\mypdffiles\\amail\\TripAmailItems_2141.pdf","flatten"],"cmd":"C:/Program Files (x86)/a5V12 ApplicationServer/pdftk.exe c:\\mypdffiles\\amail\\TripAmailItems.pdf fill_form C:\\Users\\ADMINI~1\\AppData\\Local\\Temp/temp_data1617817834115ptu7wj.fdf output c:\\mypdffiles\\amail\\TripAmailItems_2141.pdf flatten"}

    I had a problem with this and sent a bug report. This was Selwyn's response:

    Alpha Anywhere Bug Report pdf_fillInFields_merge fails:
    there is no hotfix required. there is no bug in AA per se (although there was a bug in the Installer)
    the issue was that the installer was not installing the pdftk.exe file. once you manually copy the file into the executable folder, the function works.
    so, all that you need to do is ensure that the pdftk.exe file exists in the folder where you have AA installed.
    pdftk.exe is installed in the correct folder on dev and web server.


      Did you get this working after Selwyn's response?
      Jay Talbott
      Lexington, KY


        The issue first showed up for me in Release 7295-5848. It did not happen in previous releases.
        In looking at my notes, I believe copying pdftk.exe to the correct folders fixed it for me.
        But in my application I abandoned pdf_fillInFields_merge altogether.


          So, the long and short of it is: Alpha is expecting the executable file to be in the program directory. You used to have to install it as a separate install but it is now being installed as part of Alpha's install package. So if you were using it and had installed it manually you can copy the executable over, but if you install the current version of Alpha it will install for you.

          For reference: the exe file by default was installed in c:\program files\pdftk server\bin. (At least on my laptop.)

          You can copy that file to the Alpha program directory if you are not moving to the latest Alpha yet.