[Newbies] Is it me, or a problem with FileDirectory?

Bert Freudenberg bert at freudenbergs.de
Fri Jun 15 11:07:47 UTC 2012

On 2012-06-15, at 12:17, David Lomas wrote:

> I've been trying to debug an application running on Squeak 4.1 randomly crashing on certain setups. It turns out it's where people have their 'My Documents' folder on Windows platforms set to a network share.
> As a trivial test case, I can trigger the error like this:
> 1. Set up a share (can be on the same machine) called 'share'
> 2. Check you can browse in Explorer to '\\server\share' - should be empty
> 3. Execute the following in a Workspace:
> d := FileDirectory on: 'c:\NewDir'. d assureExistence.
> That should create a directory called 'NewDir' on the root of the C drive (assuming your machine has a C drive :), just to check everything is working OK.
> Now try:
> d := FileDirectory on: '\\server\share\NewDir'. d assureExistence.
> I get 'PrimitiveFailed: DosFileDirectory>>primCreateDirectory'. From what I can tell, that method doesn't see '\\server\share' as effectively the 'root' of a filesystem and keeps stepping up a level. I don't know if that's the fault of the FilePlugin module, or something else. For info, the versions of the methods in the debug trace are:
> DosFileDirectory>>primCreateDirectory: ar 2/2/2001 15:09
> FileDirectory>>createDirectory: yo 2/24/2005 18:33
> FileDirectory>>assureExistenceOfPath: jcg 5/10/2010 14:44
> FileDirectory>>assureExistence: hg 2/2/2002 16:37
> But my guess is that the problem is in FileDirectory>>directoryExists:, as this is where there appears to be handling of special cases for certain file systems. I can't see anything clever in there for UNC paths though.
> See also http://lists.squeakfoundation.org/pipermail/squeak-dev/2002-March/037091.html - it's related, but I can't track down the fix that Bert referred to, to see if it helps.

That particular fix is probably unrelated. But the code was fixed last in 2010 (e.g. the timestamp on assureExistenceOfPath: is now "bf 9/9/2010").

You may want to try in a 4.3 image, and if necessary backport the fixes.

- Bert -

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