#262 "Reload instead of saving?" dialog on saving


First, my versions. I am using Screem 0.16.1 as is
provided by the Dapper Drake release of Ubuntu.

Here is the situation:
I have a Fat32 partition that I keep in order to have a
writable partition between my dual boot WinXp and
Ubuntu. When I edit a
file(/home/jason/webdev/my_dir/index.html) on this
partition and save it, a dialog opens with the
following message:

file:///home/jason/webdev/my_dir/index.html has changed
on disk
Reload instead of saving?

In order to actually save the file, I must click "no".
If I click "yes", my changes are undone since the last

This occurs approximately 95% of the time. I am the
only user on the system and I know that no other
processes are touching that file while I am editing it.

If you need any other information, contact me at


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    I have almost exactly the same problem on Ubuntu 6.06 and
    Screem 0.16.1 but on a normal Unix filesystem. No FAT32 in
    my case.

    I created a simple site, added one file, and almost
    everytime I press Ctrl-S to save it comes up with the same

  • Wijsneus

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    I can confirm this problem. Also Ubuntu dapper so this could
    be an ubuntu-specific bug.

    This occurs _after_ the first save (second save or more) on
    any file, new or existing.

    Anyone who can reproduce this on a different distribution?

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    I have the same problem with Dapper Drake, but I have the
    default partition configuration, which I believe is ext3 in
    an LVM wrapper.

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    same problem here with ubuntu dapper drake..
    would be cool if someone could fix it!

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    I had the exact same problem with Ubuntu 6.06, and I fixed
    it somehow. If you comment out line 895 in screem-page.c,
    the message will not pop up again.

    My guess is that it is caused by the fact that that specific
    'changed' event fires directly after saving the file (where
    the modified boolean is correctly set to FALSE). But I might
    be enitrely wrong, as I do not completely understand how the
    whole GNOME event triggering works.

    Bart Friederichs

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    Same problem on both Ubuntu Dapper and Edgy.

  • David A Knight
    David A Knight

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    questions to everyone.

    do you have gamin installed or not?
    are these files all local files. e.g. file://

  • David A Knight
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    Yes, I have gamin installed
    Yes, these are local files (local to my machine even)


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    The same problem occurs in Debian Etch which also ships Screem 0.16.1 when simply modifying random local files. Very annoying.

    Sander Marechal
    s <dot> marechal <at> jejik <dot> com

  • David A Knight
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    The even more annoying thing is I can reproduce this with the packaged version in ubuntu feisty but when I build a version myself to look into fixing it I can't reproduce it at all.

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    The time stamps seam to say this has been happening for quite some time.
    Is there any feelings on a turnaround time for this?

    Secondly, one post mentioned commenting out a line.
    Did this work for anyone?
    I do not have that file (that I found), but do have screem-page.h
    however the line mentioned is well beyond the length of this file.

    Thank you.

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    Same problem with me, but i'm working on an ext3 partition... i don't think that has anything to do with it.

    I have am editing php files and every now and then I test the files via the web browser (local apache2 server with php & mysql running in the back).
    It's not every time, but most of the times after testing, I start getting this question whether I want to reload. I always click NO, because then my file gets saved as shown in Screem.

    When I close the file and open it again, I don't get the message anymore (until I start testing the page again).
    When I put autosave on, Screem crashes the moment I click NO on the reload question. The file is still saved but i have to force quit screem and restart. So autosave is pretty much useless.

    I'm using Screem 0.16.1 on Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty, apache2, php5 and mysql5, all running on 1 partition that's ext3.

    I had the same problem when I had ubuntu running in a vmware environment running on winxp. I'd think it has more to do with the fact that I have a document opened in screem and at the same time apache opens the file to read. screem will think the file got changed and will ask if it needs to reload the new version or overwrite it with the version on your screen.

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    On Dapper with Screem 0.16.1 I get this message after the first save if I have html and css files open, not when I just open html *or* css files; it does not seem dependent on whether or not my browser is also looking at one of the open files.

    I then tested if more than a certain number of html or css files caused the bug. After trying 2 css files alone and 3 html files alone I'm still getting no bug.

    So I think do I post or do I do some more tests first... absent mindly I tried one css with one html file again... and now everything is fine no matter what I do, maybe if I reboot the bug will be back

    -Marc Levesque

  • Lindy

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    I just started using Screem (great software, best I've found so far) and I'm getting this too. I have Screem 0.16.1 (Help...About Screem -- and then the about window won't close until I close Screem! (-: ), Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty, just Ext2, and was simply editing a few html, javascript, css and php files. Not a site, either.

    Does anyone know if there is any sort of fix or even workaround for this? I'd really hate to give up Screem because of this. It appears harmless, but is extremely annoying.


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    i have the same problem with ubuntu edgy 64 and screem

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    I have the same problem using Ubuntu 8.04 and SCREEM 0.16.1 - can someone compile deb without this crazy popup ? If not, i will must to find another editor :-(

  • Psychopsia

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    I have this problem too with php files.
    As mentioned, it starts happening from the second file save.

    @ Ubuntu 8.04 & Screem 0.16.1

    Also the About Screem window do not close;

  • Jacob Hume
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    I have a similar situation, on a partition is Ext3 format. I'm using 0.16.1 on Kubuntu 7.10.

    I do not have gamin installed, but I am referencing the page using the file:// URI while testing.

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    everytime I load the page I'm working on in firefox (localhost) to test what I'm coding, afterwards when i go back to screem, change something and save it, I get this very annoying popup. It seems as if Screem does not really check if the file was changed, but if it was accessed.
    When I save two times following without loading it in firefox in the meantime, I don't get the message.
    The danger to loose what you were writing is big, because the right button is the red NO button, and if it appears every time you save, you will klick automatically on one of the buttons and if you aren't fully aware of what you're doing, you're likely to go wrong.

    Thanks in advance for doing something against it!
    phiphi, phiphi@wmail.ch