gedit refuses to save file when backup cannot be created.

Bug #867923 reported by Alistair Buxton on 2011-10-04
This bug affects 6 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Fix Released
gedit (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

To reproduce:

1. Make a directory with a text file inside it.
2. Change permissions on the directory so that you do not have write access.
3. Make sure you still have write access to the text file.
4. Open the text file with gedit, change it, and attempt to save.
5. Click "save anyway."

Gedit displays a warning that it cannot back up the text file, with a "save anyway" button. Clicking "save anyway" does nothing, the file is not saved.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.10
Package: gedit 3.2.0-0ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.0.0-12.19-generic 3.0.4
Uname: Linux 3.0.0-12-generic x86_64
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia
ApportVersion: 1.23-0ubuntu2
Architecture: amd64
Date: Tue Oct 4 23:03:47 2011
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric Ocelot" - Beta amd64 (20110921.2)
 PATH=(custom, user)
SourcePackage: gedit
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

Alistair Buxton (a-j-buxton) wrote :
Alistair Buxton (a-j-buxton) wrote :

Work around: disable backup files entirely in gedit preferences.

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

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Changed in gedit (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
Alistair Buxton (a-j-buxton) wrote :

I did report this bug with ubuntu-bug...

Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

Thank you for your bug report. This bug has been reported to the developers of the software. You can track it and make comments at:

Changed in gedit (Ubuntu):
status: New → Triaged
Changed in gedit:
importance: Undecided → Unknown
status: New → Unknown
Changed in gedit:
importance: Unknown → Medium
status: Unknown → New
tags: added: testcase
ks07 (gfield145) wrote :

Can confirm this is present on Ubuntu 12.04 with gedit version 3.4.1-0ubuntu1.

Morten Holmstrup (robotjox) wrote :

happening for me on Ubuntu 13.10!

Ananya B (ananya-aaniya) wrote :

same problem.. "save anyway" not doing anything. saving without a back up copy is giving I/O error.
need to edit some system files. --Ubuntu 12.4 LTS

Changed in gedit:
status: New → Fix Released
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

the bug has been fixed upstream in 3.13

Changed in gedit (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Fix Committed

NOT FIXED!!!!!!!! I'm using UBUNTU 14.10 and got this incredibly frustrating bug trying to edit the scaling_governor files. Just trying to shut off the equally frustrating governor!!!! LORD! Been at it for hours. LITERALLY. This has become a bonafide HARDCORE JEEEEEEEEEEEEEZZ!!!!!!! moment gentlepeople!!!!!!!!


Ubuntu now guys I gotta take a break!!!!!!!!!!!

abueesp (abueesp) wrote :

That was a guy becoming crazy, really.

Anyway. The problem persists. And the workaround doesn't work.

abueesp (abueesp) wrote :

When backups are deactivated

Unexpected error: Error writing to file: Invalid argument

and, despite this, it works now.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :
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This bug was fixed in the package gedit - 3.18.1-1ubuntu1

gedit (3.18.1-1ubuntu1) xenial; urgency=medium

  * Newer upstream version and merge on Debian, includes those changes
    - code snippets plugin improvements (lp: #1335613)
    - implements a minimap widget (lp: #1302451)
    - don't close infobar after print preview is dismissed (lp: #929554)
    - some segfault fixes (lp: #928420)
    - save files even when backups can't be created (lp: #867923)
    - let you edit binary files (lp: #848253, #575500)
    - count underscores are part of a word (lp: #615506, #413360)
    - don't display warnings when saving after foccusing out (lp: #589906)
    - use correct printing margins (lp: #331077)
    - ctrl-T opens new tabs (lp: #301942)
    - hide print preview tooltips when moving the cursor (lp: #234711)
    - include word wrap option in the statusbar popover (lp: #118522)
  * debian/
    - don't Build-Depends on gnome-icon-theme-symbolic it's deprecated
    - gedit replaces gedit-common (<< 3.18.1-1ubuntu1)
    - updated the requirements
  * debian/patches/06_lp_401692.patch:
    - dropped, the change is included upstream now
  * debian/rules:
    - create compatiblity desktop file for upgraders
  * Remaining other changes
  * debian/rules:
    - Build without --Bsymbolic-functions to fix issues
  * debian/patches/0001-Use-the-OSX-menubar-layout-for-XFCE-Unity-etc.patch:
    - add traditional menubar (GNOME bug #741904)
  * debian/patches/02_add_keywords.patch:
    - Add new keywords for unity and gnome-shell
  * debian/patches/05_menu_label.patch:
    - Don't display in menu as "gedit Text Editor"
  * debian/patches/07_use_del_instead_ctrl_del.patch:
    - Use Delete, not Ctrl+Delete, to delete files in file browser
      side panel to match our Nautilus behavior (LP: #1163287)

  [ Lars Uebernickel ]
  * New upstream version (lp: #1339371)
  * debian/patches/01_gedit-bugreport-location.patch,
    - update for new desktop file name
  * debian/patches/03_no_gnu_gettext.patch,
    - refresh
  * debian/patches/disable-warnings.patch:
    - dropped - should be fewer deprecation warnings now
  * debian/patches/00git_state_property_type.patch,
    - dropped - applied upstream
  * debian/patches/git_zeitgeist_crash.patch:
    - dropped - moved to ge...


Changed in gedit (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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