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problem writing to a gvfs (sftp) directory

From: mhuhtala
Subject: problem writing to a gvfs (sftp) directory
Date: Thu, 26 Aug 2010 09:54:08 +0300
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Emacs seems to clobber files when trying to write to a gvfs-mounted directory. This is not Tramp, just doing a plain save buffer, but into a gvfs directory. I'm on Fedora 13 and I've connected to the server with Nautilus using ssh, and then tried to edit files in e.g.

~/.gvfs/sftp for mhuhtala on

The first save (C-x C-s) from Emacs works, but the second or at the latest the third time writes an empty file (size zero bytes). The Emacs messages buffer says that the save was successful and there's no sign of errors from Emacs or gvfs as far as I can tell. Doing the same with Gedit works, so it seems to be an Emacs problem. Gedit happily saves the files again and again, but Emacs silently wipes them, which is not nice.

I have a feeling that this is a frequently asked question, but I wasn't able to find anything in the Emacs or Fedora bug trackers.

Relevant versions:


The remote hosts are a Fedora 8 / / x86_64 and a CentOS 5.5 /2.6.18-194.8.1.el5 / i686 system. Emacs behavior is the same on both. The directories where I'm trying to write are NFS-mounted on both of the remote hosts.

Any ideas?


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