Error "(87): The parameter is incorrect. File skipped!"
Thread poster: Edward Bradburn

Edward Bradburn
Local time: 23:47
German to English
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Jan 27, 2011

I am getting this error when attempting to use the "Translate" command on a file.

I have consulted the two SDL support articles:

and also the two posts made about this error here on

but these have not helped.

Importantly, I can "Analyse" the file without any problems whatsoever.

It simply stops Translating the file about 65% of the way through (and does not generate a TTX).

There is nothing particularly weird about the file names involved, and there are no missing log files (I must have used TRADOS Workbench about ten times today for other files and had no problems whatsoever).

As a last resort I might be able to use Studio 2009 (Studio reads in the file fine with no error; DVX might also be an option) but I just thought I'd ask to see if anyone had had this problem and it was NOT to do with log or temporary files.

Re-starting the computer, checking log file locations turns up nothing, nada and zilch, as does reorganizing the database.

Oh, and as a last point, the error message given by the SDL knowledgebase has the following syntax:

"The parameter is incorrect [file name]. File skipped"

However, my error message does NOT contain a filename. This clearly makes the file that actually was skipped rather harder to findicon_wink.gif Or, as so very often, the error message given by TRADOS has nothing to do with the actual error.



[Edited at 2011-01-27 20:29 GMT]

[Edited at 2011-01-27 20:32 GMT]

[Edited at 2011-01-27 20:36 GMT]


Jerzy Czopik  Identity Verified
Local time: 23:47
Member (2003)
Polish to German
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Opening in TagEditor does not work?W Jan 27, 2011

What if you simply try to open in TagEditor?
If that works, you can take the TTX file and translate in Studio without asking anyone, as the deliverable will be TTX again.


Edward Bradburn
Local time: 23:47
German to English
+ ...
Studio workaround / DVX Feb 8, 2011

Hi Jerzy,

Sorry it's taken me an age to get back to this thread, but I have now got another file with the exact same problem (exact same client as well), so I clearly need to look more closely at the problem.

While I can use the TTX in Studio, as you suggest, my TRADOS workflow usually involves DVX doing the actual translation.

Hence, a non-segmented TTX is useless for me in that respect.

One workflow would be:

- Open Word in TagEditor, save as TTX
- Prepare in STUDIO, export XLIFF
- Translate XLIFF in DVX
- Export XLIFF, project TM (i.e. just the units for the file, as TMX)
- Open new XLIFF in STUDIO, using TM created from the TMX export
- Pre-translate, fix in STUDIO, export as TTX

Pretty long workflow and I think there must be a better way of doing this, assuming I can't find a fix for the error (my current situation).


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