[Geany-Devel] [Geany-devel] Remove MSYS dependency of Geany on Win~1 - VirtualStore data files
nick.treleaven at btinternet.com
Tue Dec 11 17:44:20 UTC 2012
On 10/07/2012 12:55, Nick Treleaven wrote:
>>> 2. A weird problem. Installing from cmd.exe doesn't overwrite
>>> geany.glade (and maybe some other files) even though it appears to
>>> succeed. I only noticed this because I'm missing the View->Editor->Color
>>> Schemes menu which was added about a month ago (I tend to test in place
>>> rather than install each time).
>> OMG... Then we must choose between copy and xcopy depending on which one
>> works. Or we can define:
> Neither one works here ;-) But maybe it's something weird about my
> system or because I previously installed using MSYS cp.
OK, I think I finally found out whats happening here (or at least a
related problem). Perhaps it will help someone else with the same problem.
I was reluctant to delete the installed data files in case the problem
was specific to them, but today I did, then reinstalled. The installed
files all got the latest versions, but when I ran Geany the old data
files were still being loaded (glade symbol errors, filetypes.common
debug error message).
So, I did a search for geany.glade and discovered it in:
reading up on the VirtualStore path, I found it gets created when an
application tries to write to a system path like Program Files, without
the correct privileges. The application then silently receives the
VirtualStore versions of files instead. I must have once tried to
install geany without admin privileges, or manually copy over the data
dir or something like that.
This behaviour is really confusing if you're not aware of it. I think
there is a way to tell Windows not to use VirtualStore for an specific
application though, I'll have to look into it. In the meantime I just
deleted the Geany dir under VirtualStore, all is now working correctly.
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