[Geany-devel] backup pref - Re: Changed file saving implementation for systems with GIO

Lex Trotman elextr at xxxxx
Thu Nov 18 21:20:58 UTC 2010

On 19 November 2010 06:04, Nick Treleaven <nick.treleaven at btinternet.com> wrote:
> On Mon, 15 Nov 2010 08:57:51 +1100
> Lex Trotman <elextr at gmail.com> wrote:
>> >> > Also, g_file_replace_contents does have a make_backup argument we could
>> >> > provide an option for. This might handle the disk exhaustion problem.
>> >>
>> >> To summarise the long thread for you Nick, g_file_replace_contents and
>> >> g_file_replace can't be used because there is NO WAY to stop
>> >> g_stream_close doing the rename of the temp file over the old file
>> >> even if the write to the temp file fails.  So you can get a broken
>> >> output file.
>> >
>> > I know. But at the least the user has the backup file then.
>> Attached is a patch to actually make the backup :-)
> Ok. We do have some backup functionality in the Save Actions plugin,
> but anyway this pref may be more efficient.

Yes, save actions is fine on a local disk and much more flexible since
you can choose name and location for backups, but it copies the file
which is a performance problem for remote filesystems which was one of
the initiating complaints on the long "safe file save" thread IIRC.

> I think either:
> 1. unsafe_save_backup should be renamed to gio_unsafe_save_backup to
> avoid confusion.

Ok, attached.

> 2. call the pref make_backup and make it work for all save
> implementations, and maybe have a GUI option for it.

To do this we would almost be writing the whole of GIO with the
algorithm I outlined previously.  So we probably should do that
instead.  For now lets just offer this easy option that provides
improved performance on remote filesystems.


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