GEdit deletes files rather than saves (on samba share)

Bug #177710 reported by High_Yield
This bug affects 5 people
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gedit (Ubuntu)
Ubuntu Desktop Bugs

Bug Description

Binary package hint: gedit

Local PC: Using Ubuntu Gutsy with full updates run ~12/16/2007.
NAS: QNap TS-101 running Linux and Samba
Problem App: gedit 2.20.3

Steps to reproduce:
- Open mounted share folder
- Double Click to open a text file (opens using the default GEdit program)
- File opens properly, proceed to make edits
- Click save, all APPEARS normal...
- Make a few more edits
- Click save and I'm warned that I can't save since the file DOES NOT EXIST ??
- The warning is correct - the FILE WAS DELETED from the server by GEdit!

Editing/Saving the files on the NAS works properly using:
- Windows XP from multiple machines
- GVim from Ubuntu 7.1
- OpenOffice Document using Ubuntu 7.1

- So far I only see issues using GEdit on text files from the NAS (Local TXT ok)
- I can reproduce this every time with any text file

This bug is perhaps one of the most devious I've ever seen. Clicking SAVE causes the file to be deleted - OMG! PLEASE attend to this immediately.

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High_Yield (wolf-bill) wrote :

See attachment

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Daniel Hahler (blueyed) wrote :

Thank you for reporting this (nasty) bug.

It has been reported already (bug 34813) and I'm marking it as duplicate.

Changed in gedit:
assignee: nobody → blueyed
importance: Undecided → High
status: New → Invalid
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High_Yield (wolf-bill) wrote :

Daniel - your duplicate assessment is incorrect.

In my case gedit is "deleting the source file" whereas in 34813 it is simply "disallowing a save" for the first try or two. There is a BIG DIFFERENCE between the two issues.

I want my wife to use ubuntu and if the first time she edits a file it gets deleted - well guess what - it will NEVER be used again.

This is a high priority, critical bug affecting a commonly used piece of software.

And - I also see many, many other issues related to gedit. Perhaps the ubuntu decision makers should make a change to a better default text editor. I'm go to start looking for one now.

Regards - B

Daniel Hahler (blueyed)
Changed in gedit:
assignee: blueyed → nobody
status: Invalid → New
Changed in gedit:
status: Unknown → Confirmed
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Jorge Castro (jorge) wrote :

Can you confirm that this bug exists in the latest Hardy Alpha? I have tried to reproduce this but gedit shows the proper behavior every time.

Changed in gedit:
status: New → Incomplete
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High_Yield (wolf-bill) wrote :


I will try using a live CD but I will need appropriate security to access my NAS and I don't recall if I can do that from a live CD.
Will keep you posted.

BTW - Jorge, were any development changes made to gedit or am I simply "trying" something ?

Thanks - B

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Jorge Castro (jorge) wrote :

GEdit in hardy is using the new GIO/GVFS thing, so I am (hoping) that this new layer fixes the bug. I can't reproduce it on two of my machines so I am thinking this was fixed, but some confirmation from you would be nice!

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High_Yield (wolf-bill) wrote :

I cannot properly test as:
A) I do not have a second 64 bit machine
B) Booting from the LiveCD does not appear to give me proper user permission to access my network.

Also, I'm using Gutsy - have you simply bypassed Gutsy and are working only on Hardy ?

- B

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Daniel Hahler (blueyed) wrote :

Gutsy would require a StableReleaseUpdate, see

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Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

there is too many changes in hardy to backport those to gutsy

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High_Yield (wolf-bill) wrote :

I just installed (full clean install) Hardy 4/27/2008 and STILL have exactly the same problems.
No fixes were made.

Changed in gedit:
assignee: nobody → desktop-bugs
status: Incomplete → Triaged
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Marty McLaren (mmcl-pugetridge) wrote :

This seems to be related to my problem with gedit. It started last week with several files disappearing from my desktop, and when I tried to retrieve them from trash, they could not be opened and I got a message saying that gedit could not open the docs. Check to see if the file was binary.

When I returned to the problem, eventually all the docs on my desktop and in my documents folder became infected, and I can no longer access any saved files.

I've just changed jobs and have little time to deal with this, but it's a HUGE problem, especially for someone like me who has mediocre tech skills.

I've tried posting about it several times; the first two times the answers didn't solve the problem; as the problem grew and I posted, I've received no answers at all.


Changed in gedit:
importance: Unknown → Medium
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ebvigmo (erik-vigmostad) wrote :

This has happened to me TOO many times. I've lost several files when closing gedit that were on a mounted disk. There is no version with ~ at the end. Is there some other directory where these backups are saved? I DO have autosave enabled.

Changed in gedit:
status: Confirmed → Expired
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