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Rename (refactoring) works even though methods are unsaved #2821

fuhrmanator opened this Issue Mar 14, 2019 · 2 comments


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fuhrmanator commented Mar 14, 2019

I was modifying a method (methodA) and decided one of the calls to another method (methodB) could have a better name. So I spontaneously did rename by right-clicking on methodB and renamed it to methodC. The rename worked, but it modified (and saved) methodA which I was already modifying. The editor then shows the red corner to say the method was modified elsewhere. Yes, technically I allowed it, but I was unaware of the negative consequence.

The workaround (to not lose data) is to paste the still-open copy of methodA into another editor (playground) and cancel, then try to figure out the differences between the rename and what was already changed (or to save that copy and rename methodB to methodC manually within methodA).

A great solution (used in other IDEs) is simply to disallow the refactoring (e.g., the rename) if any methods (especially ones that will be affected) are unsaved. In my case, I would have happily saved the edit of methodA before applying the rename, or waited until I was done with the edit.


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