Will not open files on mounted ntfs partition



  • I dual boot windows and ubuntu so I keep all my documents in the windows partition. In ubuntu I mount that partition and have symlinks in my ubuntu home dir for documents which point to the documents folder on the mounted partition. In notepad++ I am not able to see any files in this documents folder. My system file browser has no problem showing my documents AND bluefish editor for ubuntu has no problem seeing the files either. Do you plan on fixing this bug?



  • @Gaufrid said in Will not open files on mounted ntfs partition:

    I dual boot windows and ubuntu so I keep all my documents in the windows partition. In ubuntu I mount that partition and have symlinks in my ubuntu home dir for documents which point to the documents folder on the mounted partition. In notepad++ I am not able to see any files in this documents folder. My system file browser has no problem showing my documents AND bluefish editor for ubuntu has no problem seeing the files either. Do you plan on fixing this bug?

    As a reminder, Notepad++ is an editor for Microsoft Windows, not for Ubuntu, and never claims to be for any variety of Linux. There is no officially-supported Linux version of Don Ho’s Notepad++. People do have success using Notepad++ on various flavors of Linux by using Wine or similar software that provides a compatibility layer or emulator, but it is still not a Linux application.

    Any “bugs” you find in the way that Notepad++ behaves in such a system are likely to be caused by the compatibility layer (which isn’t a perfect replica of a true MS Windows environment), and the specific ways in which the compatibility layer and Notepad++ are interacting. (For example, it might be that your compatibility layer only implements certain Win32 API calls partially, and that Notepad++ is using a perfectly-valid Win32 API that just isn’t fully supported by your software. Or it might be that the layer just isn’t translating your exceedingly convoluted use case into something that Notepad++ can understand.)

    Further, even if this were truly caused by something “strange” on Notepad++'s end, if you had informed the developer of a “bug” in the software in the official issue tracker (which is not this forum), I am quite certain the bug would be closed as “not supported in Linux”. If you found an equivalent bug in a pure-Windows environment, where Notepad++ is supported, and could show a pure-Windows use-case which would reliably repeat the bug, it would then likely be investigated. But until you’re able to do that, there is not going to be a “bug” fix for this issue.

    You may be able to find others here who use Notepad++ in a Linux/Wine environment, and they might be able to give you pointers on how to work around your problem.



  • Often the argument is “It works just fine in all my other applications, just not Notepad++”.
    So at what point does NOT supporting a certain scenario become a liability?
    Perhaps even one that makes users switch to other text-editing software.
    There’s no answer – it’s a tough call.


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