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Sun, Mar 01, 2015 9:56 pm

Adobe Acrobat - Import trusted certificates from prior version

When I upgraded Adobe Reader on a user's Microsoft Windows 7 system from version X (10.1.12) to XI (11.0.10), I saw an Adobe Reader Security window open with the following prompt when I started Adobe Reader 11 from the administrator account after upgrading the software:

Trusted certificates from your previous version of Adobe Reader were found. Would you like to import them?

Any certificates that are not imported in this step will not be available in this version of Adobe Reader.

Adobe Reader - Import previous trusted certificates?

At Security (Digital Signatures), I found the following explanation in the Addressbook Import section:

The address book stores data for certificates used in digital signature and certificate encryption workflows. During a major upgrade (e.g. 10.x to 11.x), the product looks for existing address books on each user machine. Prior to install, you should decide whether to deploy a generic, enterprise address book or let the existing address book on each machine be imported into the new product. By default, when end users first launch the product, the application prompts them to import any discovered address book. The application looks for existing addressbooks from previous product versions by searching directories in this order.

I checked to see if any of the files existed from prior versions for the administrator account, but didn't see any.

C:\>echo %APPDATA%

C:\>dir %APPDATA%\Adobe\Acrobat\11.0\addressbook.acrodata
 Volume in drive C is OS
 Volume Serial Number is 4445-F6ED

 Directory of C:\Users\Administrator\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Acrobat\11.0

File Not Found

C:\>dir %APPDATA%\Adobe\Acrobat\10.0\addressbook.acrodata
 Volume in drive C is OS
 Volume Serial Number is 4445-F6ED

 Directory of C:\Users\Administrator\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Acrobat\10.0

File Not Found

C:\>dir %APPDATA%\Adobe\Acrobat\9.0\addressbook.acrodata
The system cannot find the file specified.


I didn't see any for the administrator's account, so then checked the user's account, but did not see any there, either.

C:\>dir \Users\Pamela\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Acrobat\9.0\addressbook.acrodata
 Volume in drive C is OS
 Volume Serial Number is 4445-F6ED

 Directory of C:\Users\Pamela\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Acrobat\9.0

File Not Found

C:\>dir \Users\Pamela\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Acrobat\10.0\addressbook.acrodata
 Volume in drive C is OS
 Volume Serial Number is 4445-F6ED

 Directory of C:\Users\Pamela\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Acrobat\10.0

File Not Found

C:\>dir \Users\Pamela\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Acrobat\11.0\addressbook.acrodata
The system cannot find the file specified.


Since the system had Adobe Acrobat 9.0 on it for creating PDF files as well as now having Adobe Reader 11.0, I checked the last directory in the list of possible locations as well, but didn't see anything there, either.

C:\>dir "c:\program files (x86)\Adobe\Acrobat 9.0\Acrobat\Replicate"
 Volume in drive C is OS
 Volume Serial Number is 4445-F6ED

 Directory of c:\program files (x86)\Adobe\Acrobat 9.0\Acrobat

File Not Found


So it seems the prompt may appear even if there are no prior certificates to import. I clicked on the Import button anyway, though.

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Sun, Mar 01, 2015 7:54 pm

Checking the status for Time Machine backups with bash

I connected an external USB drive to an iMac running OS X 10.6.8 for Time Machine backups. Two of the three USB ports were occupied by a keyboard and mouse and I plugged the drive into the only remaining USB port. The user has another USB drive she sometimes connects to the system temporarily. I wanted a way to be able to confirm from a terminal window or a shell prompt via a remote SSH connection that the external drive I set up for Time Machine backups had been reconnected and contained a recent Time Machine Backup. I found several scripts for checking the status of Time Machine backups at "Script check Time Machine Backups and report how long since last good backup on Client Daily Report". I chose a Bash script posted there by Devin. I've copied the script here.

From a Terminal window on the iMac I downloaded the Bash script, check-time-machine-currency, to the user's application directory, /Users/pam/Applications, with curl and made it executble with chmod +x. When the script is run, you need to provide a parameter to it specifying the number of minutes you wish to use for the recency check; the script reports if a backup has completed within a number of minutes of the current time using the value you provide for the number of minutes on the command line. If you run the scipt without providing that number, an error message will be displayed. Below I specified two days, i.e., 2,880 minutes (there are 1,440 minutes per day).

Pams-Computer:Applications pam$ curl
uter_languages/bash/check-time-machine-currency -o check-time-machine-currency
  % Total    % Received % Xferd  Average Speed   Time    Time     Time  Current
                                 Dload  Upload   Total   Spent    Left  Speed
100  3828  100  3828    0     0   3151      0  0:00:01  0:00:01 --:--:--  5871
Pams-Computer:Applications pam$ chmod +x check-time-machine-currency
Pams-Computer:Applications pam$ ./check-time-machine-currency
ERROR - You must provide a critical threshold in minutes!
Pams-Computer:Applications pam$ ./check-time-machine-currency 2880
Running on pre-Mavericks.
OK - A Time Machine backup has been taken within the last 2880 minutes. (Sun Mar
  1 17:14:33 EST 2015)
Pams-Computer:Applications pam$ date
Sun Mar  1 17:33:15 EST 2015
Pams-Computer:Applications pam$

The script informed me that a backup had been taken within the last 2,880 minutes; the last backup had been made at 17:14:33, i.e., 5:14 PM, which was less than 20 minutes before I ran the command at 5:33 PM.

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