For "Publish" command, it will capture all the model/layouts of your opened drawings. If your layout is never initialized, that will cause an error in Publish, but you will not hit the "endless" publish issue.
You can use "remove" these uninitialized sheets, then go for publish. Please refer to snapshot for how to remove them.
Autodesk AutoCAD Electrical
One possible cause of this behaviour could be related to “corrupted profile”.
In AutoCAD discussion forum, there are some users mentioned that after they reset AutoCAD to “factory default” state or use original “unnamed” profile, the problem goes away.
(some useful information in page 2).
One of the possible workarounds is to use a clean profile in your AutoCAD Electrical then try out background publish. Or you can import any profile on a copy of ACE 2014 which does not have publish to background problem. Another workaround for this is to plot in foreground but open another instance of AutoCAD electrical to work on your projects.
Hope this helps.
Just FYI AutoDesk - I reset mine to factory default - the problem still exsists. Plus we've got people who have the problem without ever messing with their settings after install. While the work around you've suggested is fine for me, I suspect that depending on what type of computer you're running that's not going to be nearly as helpful as truly running the publish in the background.
In regards to this topic. The problem may be big files or file sets. I got a 51-sheet set from a vendor that supply us with equipment. A straight DWG to PDF batch plot fails. I tried 1 sheet, 3 sheets, and 10 sheets and plots okay (sht 0-9). Sht 10 is 1+ MB. I tried sht 10-19 --> fail to plot. I went in and purge all files. sht 10 went from 1+ MB to 134KB. There are two other files in the set that are larger than 1MB. Only one of them remains (the panel layout). I re-plot and this time everything plots (all 51 sheets). BTW, sht 10, 11, 12, & 13 (4-sht test plot) plots fine before the purge. I will leave it to you CAD expert on what happen here. Either there is something wrong with plotting large set or something in the individual file is corrupted and by purging, the corruption somehow was got rid of.
As one of the Autodesk employees posted earlier in this thread, the problem maybe corrupted profile, have you tried it yet?
Another weird thing is"Windows Firewall"! I've noticed the firewall was turned off on one of our workstations (this station could plot PDF at the background), so I thought I'd give it a go and guess what? The background plotting started working after turning off all Windows Firewall! I don't know why and how but it worked. And after background plotting started working, I've turned the firewall back on and the background plot still works!! (I am so confused now)
Would you like to try it?
Yeh it doesn't work for me either. I would say i have got it to work around 50% of the time in the background, it's really tempremantal. it either works straight away or like you said just says it's in progress for hours meaning i have to cancel it. My adive is just to run it in the foreground, i mean even the largest files will only take 10 mins to plot at the most.
I found the problem to be un-reconcile layers on at least one of the drawings on the set. Somehow, it just get stuck and did not provide any feedback on which sheet. I have to dig through it.
Looks like a lot of people are having the same issue with background plotting and there isn't a "standard" fix for everyone, I don't know what AutoDesk should do as they have mentioned that they could not reproduce the same problem. We need the background plotting working because we know ACE is able to do that, someone mentioned in the thread that just perform a foreground plotting because it only takes 10 minutes. My typical project normally contains nearly 300 sheets and sometimes (it happens a lot) I need to plot more than 10 projects at the same time so plotting at the foreground does not really work for me.
My temporary fix is switching to a CLEAN profile, it works most of the time but sometime it just hang there (plotting in progress...)
Any new progress on this??? I solve my original issue by reconciling the layers and purging each drawing. However, now I cannot get a multi-sheet file out of it. I use an external clean profile (import) and double-check to make sure that the filetype = multi-sheet file. I plot out three times and all three times, I get individual sheets. I'm plotting out only an 11 sheet set and got 11 files.
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