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bug #42383: [Request] keep warning audibly and visibly when editing unwritable file

Submitted by:  Benno Schulenberg <bens>
Submitted on:  Sat 17 May 2014 12:04:25 PM UTC  
Severity: 1 - WishStatus: Wont Fix
Assigned to: Benno Schulenberg <bens>Open/Closed: Closed

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Sun 26 Jun 2016 07:54:27 PM UTC, comment #3:

Now that the warning that a file is unwritable is a separate message (and not tacked onto the normal message of number of lines read) and accompanied by a beep, it is much harder to unawares edit an unwritable file. So it is hardly necessary to keep warning the user (and it would be annoying too).

(The only thing that might be nice to have is a tag of "Unwritable" in the upper right corner (instead of "Modified"). But that might be cumbersome to implement because the permissions of the file might change any time, so nano would have to keep checking those for every keystroke... Nah, not a good idea.)

Benno Schulenberg <bens>
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Mon 03 Aug 2015 07:20:11 PM UTC, comment #2:

I would also like this. However, I'd claim colors would be nice only if they can be disabled.

Wyatt Ward <wyatt8740>
Thu 03 Jul 2014 03:00:06 AM UTC, comment #1:

I've frequently edited files on multi-user systems that I didn't have write access to, and then just saved to a new filename if Id come up with modifications worth keeping. If the user ignores the warning message that the file is unwritable, they do so at their own peril, and in some cases they are intentionally doing so.

I'm fine with continuing to warn on the statusbar, less keen on the beeping, but we should not inflict color on someone who didn't ask to use it, and getting fancy about trying to figure out whether they did or not seems like a waste of effort.

Chris Allegretta <astyanax>
Project Administrator
Sat 17 May 2014 12:04:25 PM UTC, original submission:

When starting to modify an unwritable file, nano should warn on the statusbar for every modifying keystroke, preferrably in brightwhite on red, and audibly too.

Benno Schulenberg <bens>
Project AdministratorIn charge of this item.


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    Date Changed By Updated Field Previous Value => Replaced By
    Wed 29 Jun 2016 01:38:16 PM UTCbensOpen/ClosedOpen=>Closed
    Sun 26 Jun 2016 07:54:27 PM UTCbensStatusNone=>Wont Fix
      Assigned toNone=>bens
    Sat 14 Jun 2014 04:05:33 PM UTCbensSummaryKeep warning audibly and visibly when editing unwritable file=>[Request] keep warning audibly and visibly when editing unwritable file

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