Bug 447255 - gedit cannot save an edited file
Summary: gedit cannot save an edited file
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gedit
Version: 9
Hardware: i686
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Ray Strode [halfline]
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2008-05-19 06:17 UTC by Joachim Backes
Modified: 2010-07-07 18:51 UTC (History)
5 users (show)

Fixed In Version:
Doc Type: Bug Fix
Doc Text:
Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2009-07-14 18:19:41 UTC

Attachments (Terms of Use)
strace of gedit (92.25 KB, application/octet-stream)
2008-05-19 06:17 UTC, Joachim Backes
no flags Details

Description Joachim Backes 2008-05-19 06:17:27 UTC
Description of problem:
Opening a file with gedit, editing the file and trying to save by ^S.
But then getting an error message:
Could not create a temporary backup file while saving <my file>

gedit could not backup the old copy of the file before saving the new one. You
can ignore this warning and save the file anyway, but if an error occurs while
saving, you could lose the old copy of the file. Save anyway?
By clicking "Save Anyway" I can temporarily rid from the problem. 

The problem persitsts since F8.

My gedit version: gedit-2.22.0-1.fc9.i386

How reproducible:
Every time

Steps to Reproduce:
1. gedit <my file>
2. File -> Save
Actual results:

See above
Expected results:
File has been saved without error message

Additional info:

Seems to be an selinux issue. I have attached an strace (see the attached file
starting by line 500 ff.)

Comment 1 Joachim Backes 2008-05-19 06:17:27 UTC
Created attachment 305904 [details]
strace of gedit

Comment 2 Balaji G 2008-06-10 17:05:38 UTC
Changing Status to ASSIGNED

Comment 3 Joachim Backes 2008-12-13 14:18:05 UTC
Now using F10, and the problem still exists (gedit-2.24.2-1.fc10.i386).

Comment 4 Joachim Backes 2008-12-13 14:32:21 UTC
Weird: after copying the correspondent file to another one, I couldn't reproduce the described behaviour of gedit with the file copy.

Comment 5 Michael Burford 2009-02-11 14:18:29 UTC
I can confirm the relationship between failure of Gedit to save backup copies on exit and the status of SELinux.

Gedit Version: gedit-2.24.3-3.fc10

When SELinux is disabled, the problem occurs on all newly created and existing files opened for editing using Gedit, changed and then saved.

When SELinux is enabled in "enforcing" mode the problem disappears.

Comment 6 Tim Jackson 2009-02-24 20:11:51 UTC
I think this may be a duplicate of bug #244605 - certainly, they sound very similar. That said, 244605 is CLOSED UPSTREAM but there doesn't seem to be much happening upstream to actually fix it.

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Comment 8 Bug Zapper 2009-07-14 18:19:41 UTC
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Comment 9 Geoff King 2010-07-07 17:51:03 UTC
On Fedora 12 I just encountered this.  All it took me to trigger it was disabling SELinux and using gedit to edit text files.  I have no such problem when SELinux is enabled.  

The message is this:
"Could not create a temporary backup file while saving /home/gsking/Desktop/notes.txt"

I am given the options of Save anyway or Don't save.

Comment 10 Geoff King 2010-07-07 17:52:22 UTC
Forgot to mention that I also had to reboot after making the SELinux changes.

Comment 11 Geoff King 2010-07-07 18:51:53 UTC
I think my problem has been solved thanks to this comment on an Ubuntu forum.  

I would still consider this an open bug since this fix was not easily apparent.

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