Bug#139214: marked as done (vim backupcopy option breaks crontab -e)

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From: MarcoH <marcoh@cistron.nl>
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Subject: vim backupcopy option breaks crontab -e
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Package: vim
Version: 6.0.270-1

Vim has several ways to create a backup copy. It either renames the
original file to the backupname and then writes to a newly created file or
it creates a new backup file and copies of the original into the backup.

This behaviour can be controlled with the backupcopy option, when set to
'no', vim renames the file. If set to 'yes' it will copy the file.

The default setting is 'auto' which let vim decides what`s best, resulting =
renaming the original instead of copying it.

This breaks crontab -e, when $EDITOR points to vim, with crontab reporting
that there are no changes to the file. This is due to the fact that
crontab keeps the temp file open when handing it over to $EDITOR, and vim
renaming this file and creating a new one, which leaves crontab upon
returning looking at the (possibly already unlinked) backup copy instead
of the new contents.

As a workaround I suggest to add a 'set backupcopy=3Dyes' to the default
vimrc included in the package.

A more permanent fix should be to check if the file is open by another
process before renaming it to the backup.



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From: Norbert Tretkowski <tretkowski@inittab.de>
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* Pierre Habouzit wrote:
> Le Mar 15 Mars 2005 00:13, Norbert Tretkowski a =E9crit :
> > * Matthijs Mohlmann wrote:
> > >> The following bugs are still open for a long time and we are
> > >> checking if these bugs can be closed:
> > >> http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=3D181426
> > >> http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=3D139214
> > >>
> > >> Can you verify these bugs if those still exists in vim ? Current
> > >> version in Sarge is Vim 6.3-061+1
> > >
> > > Sorry, i don't have access to that machine any more.
> > >
> > > =3D=3D
> > >
> > > This is the mail i get back from this user and from the other user
> > > i got a bounce message saying:
> > >
> > >   marcoh@cistron.nl
> > >     Disk quota exceeded:
> > >     mailbox is full: retry timeout exceeded
> > >
> > > The first person can't test it anymore and the second one seems
> > > also not responding (cistron.nl is AFAIK over to xs4all.nl)
> >
> > Hmm... so I'd suggest to close these bugreports if no one else is
> > able to reproduce them.
> Agreed.

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