[Geany] Problems when "no space left on device"

FD Cami francois.cami at xxxxx
Sat Apr 26 11:34:49 UTC 2008

On Fri, 25 Apr 2008 15:12:17 +0200
Enrico Tröger <enrico.troeger at uvena.de> wrote:

> yesterday an user reported that Geany behaves badly when there is no
> free disk space on the disk where the current file should be saved.
> That is, when you are editing a file in Geany, meanwhile your disk runs
> out of free space (extensive logging, copying large files, some
> process gone bad, ...) and you then save the file in Geany, it gets
> overwritten and the file is emptied.
> This is indeed bad.
> And there seems to be no easy way to fix it.
> The only solution which comes to my mind would be to check for
> available disk space before trying to write the file. Unfortunately,
> there seems to be no portable way of doing this.


Some editors (joe, gedit) move the old file to another place (in both
cases, they rename the file to file~) before saving. If there is no space
left, you still have the file~ to recover from, I guess.
I do not like their default behaviour though, as having lots of files
with ~ appended to their names is rather clunky.
It may be that one way to do it is :
* move "file" to "file~"
* save memory buffer to "file"
* remove "file~"
Since this does not scale very well for big files, there should be some
on/off option in preferences.



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