RE: [code] [textadept] Win32 GUI NIGHTLY C: Reading SYS File

From: Mitchell <>
Date: Tue, 30 Apr 2019 21:42:45 -0400 (EDT)

On Tue, 30 Apr 2019, Preston wrote:

>> From: dmccunney
>> Sent: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 12:35 PM
>> To:
>> Subject: Re: [code] [textadept] Win32 GUI NIGHTLY C: Reading SYS File
>> On Tue, Apr 30, 2019 at 12:08 PM Mitchell <> wrote:
>>> On Tue, 30 Apr 2019, dmccunney wrote:
>>>>> Hmm, that looks like a GTK error (the widget toolkit Textadept uses). I haven't seen it before, and neither my Windows VM nor my Windows box has a *pagefile.sys* to trigger the problem.
>>>> How do you *not* have a pagefile.sys? Pagefile.sys is the equivalent
>>>> of Linux swap. You *can* disable it, but it exists by default.
>>> Following your guidance on seeing how one might disable the pagefile, I discovered that a pagefile is setup for my Windows box. However, I do not see it in Textadept's file browser, nor do I see it in Windows explorer (despite having the "hidden files visible" option turned on). Therefore, I erroneously assumed I did not have it. It's there somewhere, but I don't know where...
>> I don't see it in a TextAdept file picker display either.
>> That's actually what I would *expect*. Windows has the concept of
>> hidden files that are not displayed in a normal file listing through a
>> GUI. This is deliberate, as there is no normal reason for users to do
>> anything directly with those files, and trying to do so can shoot
>> themselves in the foot. Don't even display files the user shouldn't
>> touch.
>> Linux does similar things with . files, that do not appear in a normal
>> directory display unless you do ls -al, and file permissions that
>> require root to see and access some files.
>> One thing Windows does I consider a mis-feature - it hides file
>> extensions for well known files. This can be a security hole, as when
>> it's turned on, you don't know that Cute Kitten Picture.jpg you click
>> on in an email attachment is actually Cute Kitten Picture.jpg.exe, and
>> clicking on it runs the program with potentially unfortunate results.
>> The first thing I do on a new Windows install is turn that off.
>> I *do* see pagefile.sys in a Windows Explorer display of C:\. I
>> *don't* see it in TextAdept, and I consider that Working As Designed.
>> Like I said, I'd love to know how the reported error could occur on
>> Preston's machine. I don't think it's a GtK problem. I think it's a
>> Windows setup problem.
>>> Cheers,
>>> Mitchell
>> ______
>> Dennis
> I was able to find out what was causing it from the exact same issue with
GIMP OneDrive causes some
change in the system which fixes the error probably through dark magic.
Having OneDrive uninstalled caused the error. Creating an empty directory
called OneDrive in C: fixed the issue for me.

Okay, thanks for the follow up. I'm glad it's fixed for you.


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Received on Tue 30 Apr 2019 - 21:42:45 EDT

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