#1503 Scite opens infinite dialog boxes when trying to save a file


This happens on two occasions: when trying to save to a directory with non ascii characters like the block character as seen in the image or when saving to a system folder or one that the user does not have ownership.
The dialog boxes kept popping up until the comp started to hang. I managed to close about 20 of them and kill scite with powershell.


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  • Anonymous - 2013-07-24

    Image when saving to folder with non ascii path

  • Anonymous - 2013-07-24

    the folder in explorer with the block drawing character in its path

  • Anonymous - 2013-07-24

    inside that folder(sorry for posting images this way, there's no option for uploading multiple files.)

  • Anonymous - 2013-07-24

    when editing a file in windows folder

  • Anonymous - 2013-07-24

    the result. btw, i'm using version 3.2.5 and also have 3.3.1 but haven't tested it there. I think the results will be the same. I don't want to install it over the current one.

  • Neil Hodgson

    Neil Hodgson - 2013-07-24

    Can't reproduce with the path "C:\u\hg\pending\Encoding\██ Scite Pitfall ██\Scite can't touch me.txt" on Windows 7. The particular block drawing character may be important.

    For the Windows directory I see a warning about needing permission to save there.

    • Anonymous - 2013-07-24

      What do you mean by important? To scite or explorer? Btw other editors like notepad can save there. Sooo... It's not a bug?

      • Neil Hodgson

        Neil Hodgson - 2013-07-24

        The '█' character you used may be different to the one I used and that difference may have caused the failure. You only showed pictures of the file name. Nowhere have you reported the file name as text so that it can be checked.

  • Anonymous - 2013-07-25

    Run this.

    It will create a folder with the drawing character as part of its name

    and writes a file in it. Try to open in the folder in scite and you should

    get the 'infinite' dialog boxes.(Make sure you have task manager or powershell open ;)

    This is a list of the code points for the drawing characters which you can

    enter manually in windows using a key combination of ALT+219 or any other

    number in from 0 to 256

    [9500, 9508, 9516, 9524, 9532, 9552, 9553, 9554, 9555, 9556, 9557, 9558, 9559,
    9560, 9561, 9562, 9563, 9564, 9565, 9566, 9567, 9568, 9569, 9570, 9571, 9572,
    9573, 9574, 9575, 9576, 9577, 9578, 9579, 9580, 9600, 9604, 9608, 9612, 9616,
    9617, 9618, 9619]

    import os
    fname="Note the semigraph,"+unichr(9608)
    open("dummy_file.txt","w").write("You won't see me in scite!!!!")

    The weird thing is that if you name your file with a U+9608 character or any other character on that list, scite will open the file( but won't show the original contents) and save it happily. It'll display the drawing character as a &brevbar; in the tabbar.

    Hope that helped.

  • Neil Hodgson

    Neil Hodgson - 2013-07-25

    Can't reproduce with SciTE 3.2.5 or 3.3.4 with an empty user properties and startup script.
    Path with a block

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