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

Enrico Tröger enrico.troeger at xxxxx
Sun Apr 27 09:30:50 UTC 2008

On Sat, 26 Apr 2008 13:45:19 +0200, FD Cami <francois.cami at free.fr>

> On Sat, 26 Apr 2008 13:34:49 +0200
> FD Cami <francois.cami at free.fr> wrote:
> > 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.
> This does not work everytime, as far as I know there still could be a
> minute chance of another process writing stuff and filling up the disk
> before geany manages to write the file to disk.
> > 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.
Well, this has no real effect in comparison to the current code. The
only addition are the move from "file" to "file~" and then the deletion
of "file~". Both operations doesn't work on the content of the file.
Anyway, I don't like the "file~" stuff very much.
> I am going to work on that, unless a better idea comes up.

I'm not sure whether this is necessary. Wait a few days, I recently
written a "backupcopy" plugin which copies the current file to a given
directory after it was saved. So, this has basically the same effect as
the the left "file~" in case of an error. But instead of the (IMO) ugly
"~" extension, the extension can be configured, e.g. to contain a
I guess using the backupcopy plugin is probably enough to solve the
problem together with a dialog box reporting the problem to the user
(as Jeff suggested).
And as I told before, when the system of the user is running out of
disk space there are most probably bigger problems than the changes in
the current file in Geany.


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