> I generated the PDFs myself, using an attached scanner.
(i’m just guessing, and have no intention on stepping on James’ help
when i ask/offer)
sometimes scanners can make tremendously large files which may become
troublesome on some file systems, or machines with limited RAM…i
wonder how large these PDFs are, and what file system was in use on the
Windows machine…and, i wonder which version of Windows was on that
machine…and, i wonder if you could better describe “the [Windows]
computer kept hanging” several times while copying the files to your USB
stick…that is, did it stop transferring or just take an unexpectly
long time in transferring??
finally, it would be nice to know if that MS machine is infected in some
way (which i will explain, eventually)…
> The computer works okay, except that the file manager hangs.
i guess that file manager is Nautilus (is it? what file manager/version
are you using? and what GNOME are you using 2 or 3?)…so, maybe you
have found a bug in Nautilus, but on the other hand that doesn’t explain
the problems on the MS machine, does it?
i’m thinking maybe because of the file size and file system in use on
the MS box the file properties were garbled in some strange way which is
confusing Nautilus and messing it up…
i wonder if Dolphin would react the same way…and, i wonder what it is
about those files which is so upsetting to Nautilus…so, don’t throw
them away, because the GNOME developers may want a copy to also dig into
and, i wonder if someone out there has discovered a Nautilus frailty in
reacting to certain PDF file irregularities and have crafted a Windows
…exe to build files which might attack though that vector…
last, i wonder if you would be willing to upload one of those files to
paste.opensuse.org and post its url here (i’d like to see how Nautilus
and/or konqueror react to it)…i’d ask for that first file you opened
in Linux which seemed to then affect the ability to open the second…
finally: THANKS for such a compelling problem to ponder!
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