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Losing Data... somehow... #259

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poetgrant opened this issue Jun 6, 2019 · 14 comments

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commented Jun 6, 2019

I recently switched from Slackware to elementaryOS on my laptop. I installed Quilter and loaded up a file that I have been working on in joe editor. I was at about 12,000 words. Well, I loaded it into Quilter and edited it a little, then hit save. When I went back to add something to the document, there was nothing there. I thought maybe Quilter wasn't loading the file, so I opened it in joe editor and it was completely blank.

So, luckily I had a backup saved on a thumb drive (though without the edits). So not all was lost, but it is giving me serious doubts about using Quilter now. Is there something I am doing wrong perhaps?

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commented Jun 7, 2019

Which version are you using? If it's below 1.9.0, then it might have file related issues like you describe.

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commented Jun 9, 2019

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commented Jun 9, 2019

Is there a program I could use that monitors what the app is doing when I hit save? Like a terminal output or something? I am kind of new to a lot of the GUI programs.

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commented Jun 9, 2019

You could try to record a video of the issue and the steps taken. That'd be awesome for me to understand in which action it does the issue. There are screen recording apps on AppCenter, but off the top of my head I forgot the name of.

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commented Jun 9, 2019

Oh! Good idea. I will look for it. Thank you for being so quick to respond! :D

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commented Jun 9, 2019

Oh, that video is enlightening!

I'll look into the issues shown in the video as soon as possible!

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commented Jun 9, 2019

Thank you!

I hope you didn't mind my suggestions during the video. The only text editor experience I really have is nano-editor and joe-editor. I wish I knew Vala, I might be able to help out more.

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commented Jun 10, 2019

UPDATE: This became more difficult than I could do alone, so I'm putting a Help Wanted.

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commented Jun 10, 2019

The Code codebase uses tabs instead of what Quilter does which is a sidebar, the code for making stuff work is completely different. I'm sure there is a "gotcha" I'm not seeing in my code.

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commented Jun 11, 2019

I talked to the tootle dev, bleakgrey about it. He said it when it autosaves, it save everything in temp.md and that might be a place to start looking.

Joe Editor saves temporary files with a '~' in front of the file name. I wonder if there is a way to do that with Quilter. That way all the temp files stay separate.

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commented Jun 11, 2019

There is also a thing Joe does when it abruptly gets shutdown called 'DEADJOE' where it saves your whole session, but I suppose that would be a separate issue and/or feature request. Hehehe

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commented Jun 11, 2019

Joe Editor saves temporary files with a '~' in front of the file name. I wonder if there is a way to do that with Quilter. That way all the temp files stay separate.

That's.. it. I'm gonna try doing this.

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